Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day, I have for you these Clean Eating Vegan Raspberry Truffles to enjoy or make for someone you love.
They are based off my Clean Eating Strawberry Fudge Truffles I recently posted and since I had a bag of organic freeze-dried raspberries, it seemed only fitting to make a raspberry version.
I changed them up a little bit though, by simplifying the ingredients, omitting the avocado and making a raw chocolate topping.
I also added freshly squeezed beet juice I had from the two beautiful organic beets I had just received from my Farmbox Direct delivery (they deliver organic fruits and veggies straight to your door).
This extra step only took a few extra minutes using my Omega juicer, but to me it was worth it to add the extra nutrients and the beautiful color that beet juice has.
Traditional raspberry truffles usually contain unhealthy ingredients like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Bartons Intense Raspberry Truffles Ingredients:
Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Processed with Alkali, Cocoa Butter, Milk fat, Soya Lecithin – an Emulsifier, Vanilla and Vanillin – An Artificial Flavor), Fondant (Sugar, Invert Sugar), White Confectionery Coating (Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Nonfat Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin – an Emulsifier, Monoglycerides, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sorbitol, Palm Kernel Oil, Freeze Dried Raspberry Powder, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Potassium Sorbate – a Preservative, Citric Acid. (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
The only “intense” thing about this product is that it’s “intensely” filled with highly refined and processed ingredients like GMO’s (soy lecithin, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, dairy and refined sugar and salt.
This healthier version is made with clean, real food ingredients and is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Clean Eating Peanut Butter Fudge, Raw Chia Seed Nut Butter Balls or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Raspberries:*
- high in antioxidants
- anti-cancer benefits
- good source of dietary fiber
- high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value of 4,900 per 100 g
- excellent source of vitamin C at 47% RDA
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Butter):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Beets:*
- 1 cup provides 14% dv of fiber
- 1 cup provides 28% dv of manganese
- can help fight inflammation
- excellent for detoxification
- stimulates liver function
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I made the raspberry filling in my Vitamix (because I like to use it every chance I get!) but if you don’t have a Vitamix, you can easily make these with a food processor.
Tip #2: I wanted to keep this recipe 100% raw, so I made a homemade chocolate topping, but it does tend to melt very easily. If you don’t care if they are 100% raw, you could also use Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (1 cup + 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil). Just add to a small saucepan and melt on the lowest heat setting, stirring until melted. Using this method, the chocolate won’t melt as easily.
Tip #3: This recipe can be made using homemade almond butter made in a Vitamix. For more recipes you can make with a Vitamix, check out my Vitamix Recipe Index page for more inspiration. I like to make my own homemade almond butter because I have control over the quality of almonds that are used (raw, unpasteurized) and there are no added ingredients.
Clean Eating Vegan Raspberry Truffles
Yield 16 - 18 truffles
Raw / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Soy-Free / Paleo-Friendly / No Refined Sugar
For the filling:
- 1 1/2 cups organic freeze-dried raspberries
- 1 cup organic almond butter
- 1 cup organic medjool dates (pitted)
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic beet juice (optional)
For the chocolate coating:
Prepare the filling:
- Add all ingredients for the filling to a Vitamix or food processor and pulse on low speed until the dates are broken down and it is a thick paste-type consistency, but making sure you don't over process it.
- Take out a spoonful at a time and roll into a ball shape. They will be slightly soft, but should hold the shape of a ball.
- Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate topping.
Prepare the chocolate topping:
- Add all the ingredients for the chocolate topping to a small bowl and stir until it is well blended and smooth.
- Remove the truffles from the freezer and gently place each one in the bowl of chocolate topping, one at a time, gently rolling them to make sure they are completely covered.
- Optional: Sprinkle organic shredded coconut on the top.
- Place the coated truffles back on the baking pan and return to the freezer to harden for approximately 30-60 minutes.
- Store them in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve because they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.
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