Raw Superfood Truffles with Melissa’s Produce

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As many of you know, it is my mission to prove to all that vegan and gluten-free food can be absolutely delicious while still being nutritious.  This recipe has been showcased at a large-scale food convention where many were trying my treats – I was thrilled that vegans and non-vegans alike loved my Superfood Truffles and came back for seconds and thirds!

I’d like to give big thank you to my friends at Melissa’s Produce for providing all of the delicious and nourishing ingredients to make my Superfood Truffles. As always is the case, Melissa’s Produce made this such a positive experience for me.

Now, let me tell you about my Superfood Truffles.  The recipe is actually a collaboration.  Nancy Eisman and I discussed ingredients I needed in order to make my Goji-, Cranberry, Coconut Truffles recipe, Nancy suggested I add some cacao nibs to make it a little chocolatey.  At first I was not keen on the idea, but Nancy really believed that it was a great idea since so many people who love cookies and pastries also love chocolate.  We gave it a try—added it into the recipe and, oh my, they turned out even better than the original. So delicious.  The cacao nibs add a nice crunch factor and deep chocolate flavor to the truffles.  That is how the Superfood Truffle was born!  I’m so glad I met Nancy.  Not only is she down-to-earth and fun, without her I wouldn’t have my Superfood Truffles recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as a snack or dessert!

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Melissa’s Produce and goods can be found in the US, in major grocery stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Vons, Ralphs, and the list goes on.

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Superfood Truffles

Servings:  15

Time:  20 minutes

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, R

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/2 cup for rolling

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup dried goji berries

3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut nectar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch fine sea salt

1/4 cup cacao nibs

Directions

1.  Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the cacao nibs to a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine until you reach a texture of your liking.  More texture is better than being over-processed.  You still want to see chunks of the dried fruit.

2.  Pour the mixture into a medium bowl.  Add the cacao nibs and stir to combine, using clean hands or a silicone spatula.  Make sure the cacao nibs are evenly distributed!

3.  Line a quarter-sheet pan or tupperware with parchment paper.  Scoop out 1.5 Tbsp-sized truffles, round them out with your hands, then roll into coconut flakes and place them onto the lined sheet tray or plate.  You should make about 15-18 truffles.  Refrigerate immediately until hardened, about 15-20 minutes.

Note: These truffles are best eaten cold, right out of the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Co-editor: Mia Raines

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Whole Foods Demo / Engine 2 Challenge Graduation Dinner

 

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On February 12th at 6:30pm, I will be having a live cooking demo and dinner  to celebrate the completion of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge at Whole Foods Market in Torrance, California.

I will be preparing 4 recipes:

1) Green Smoothie

2) Simple Massaged-Kale Salad

3) Vegan “Meat”loaf and Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

4) Triple Chocolate Cake

All attendees will enjoy a full dinner (not just samples) and a My Eclectic Kitchen Goodie Bag!

To reserve your seat for only $5, click here.

This event is a graduation celebration for participants of the 28-day Engine 2 Challenge, based on Rip Esselstyn‘s Engine 2 Diet book, but anyone who enjoys healthy nutritious food is invited to attend!  All recipes demonstrated and served will be Engine 2 diet compliant, meaning they will be whole-foods, plant-based, low in sugar and salt, and free of oil and refined ingredients.  That said, I promise the menu will be delicious!

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Again, don’t forget to reserve your seat before the event fills up!  The cost is only $5.  What a deal!

Whole Foods Market is one of my favorite places to pick up produce, specialty flours and grains, snacks, plant-based milks, personal care, home cleaning supplies, and ready-made foods.

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I took a tour of Whole Foods Market in Torrance recently and learned a great deal, and I compiled a list of things that you might be able to benefit from!

Did you know…

1) If you need only half of a cabbage or watermelon, they will cut half of it for you to purchase.

2) On Wednesdays, at the salad bar and hot bar, get $2 off per pound.  Some locations only offer $1 off  (like Arroyo, Pasadena)

3) Get 10% off if you purchase one case of produce.

4) Whole Foods Market has a Health Starts Here Program to guide wise nutrition choices.  When foods are marked with the Health Starts Here symbol, as pictured below, those items have no added oils, they’re low in salt and fat, and they are made with whole-foods.  Unfortunately, not all of them are vegan and gluten-free, so make sure to read the list of ingredients to ensure they are aligned with whichever diet you follow.  

5) Engine 2 Diet products, which are plant-strong, low in sugar and salt, and oil-free can be found all over the store, from frozen burger patties (which are delicious), to almond milk, hummus, cereal, and crackers.  The list goes on.

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6) Almost every Whole Foods location has an on-going or upcoming Engine 2 Diet Challenge.  Call your local Whole Foods location for details.  Some challenges are online and there are a few that have weekly meet-ups.

Hopefully this list was helpful to you.  I hope you learned a little more about Whole Foods Market and about the Engine 2 Diet, and I hope to see you on Thursday, February 12th at 6:30pm!

 

 

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