Sometimes you just need some chocolate. Our chocolate cravings are more than just a sweet tooth, but they have some real health reasons. This healthy adaptogenic truffle recipe satisfies those cravings, while improving focus and reducing stress.
You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day or any special event (although they do make a great gift). Any chocolate lover will enjoy this truffle recipe any day of the week!
Recipe for dark chocolate truffles
There are many recipes for truffles. Some call for white chocolate, peanut butter, or even cream cheese with oreo cookies. However, many of these candy recipes are so sweet and full of sugar and are something my family avoids.
Instead, I opted for a dark chocolate truffle recipe that contains only a few simple ingredients and is low in processed sugars. The star of the show here, however, are really the mushrooms. Yes, you heard me right!
We use adaptogenic mushrooms which help with energy, focus and overall health. While I like to drink my mushrooms in coffee, this mushroom blend is based on cocoa powder.
Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms
Thirty years ago if someone told me I’d put mushroom powder in my candy, I’d think they were a little off their rocker. Medicinal mushrooms have become extremely popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why. There are many different options, but I like these blends from Four Sigmatic. The mushrooms are of high quality and pre-cooked so that their nutrients are ready for use.
Four Sigmatic has a few different blends to choose from, but I used their Focus mushroom blend in these truffles. I felt that the blueberries and cocoa powder complemented the dark chocolate nicely. You can also opt for their mushroom or adaptogen blends for various health benefits.
Here’s an overview of what’s in the Focus blend mushroom powder:
- Lion’s Mane: Benefits the central nervous system and aids digestion. Also boosts energy, nourishes the gut and more.
- cordyceps – An adaptogen that increases energy and athletic performance. It also counteracts aging and boosts the immune system, supports healthy blood sugar levels and may protect the liver.
- Bacopa monnieri – A native Indian spice that is nootropic may protect against brain diseases and has anti-anxiety properties.
- Rhodiola – An adaptogenic herb that positively influences mood and reduces anxiety. It also improves energy, stamina and brain function.
- Vitamin b12 – This vitamin is crucial for energy and brain health. B12 supports the nervous system and is necessary for mental health. It can also help with nerve pain.
- blueberry Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that support a healthy brain and fight free radical damage.
What are adaptogens?
I’ve mentioned the word adaptogens, but what are they really? In short, adaptogens are substances that help our bodies cope better with stress. That doesn’t mean we can push ourselves to the limit and just take a few adaptogen supplements.
The best way to use adaptogens is to take them along with rest as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. So kick your feet up and enjoy an adaptogenic truffle (or two!).
What’s in the dark chocolate truffle recipe?
Besides the mushroom mix, I also added some raw honey to sweeten and cocoa powder to thicken. The honey adds enough sweetness without the blood sugar spikes. And the cocoa powder is high in antioxidants with a little caffeine. I also added a little bit of canned coconut milk for a better texture.
You can omit the coconut milk for more honey if you prefer, or use the extra milk in this strawberry ice cream recipe. This homemade Irish cream with coconut milk is equally delicious.
The best chocolate
A truffle is only as good as the chocolate used to make it. My other truffle recipe uses chocolate melted along with whipped cream and coconut oil. I use a cookie scoop to put the chocolate mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with cocoa powder. For these homemade chocolate truffles, however, we make filled chocolate with a hard shell.
I prefer to use at least 70% dark chocolate for that rich, chocolatey taste. And it also helps to reduce excess sugar. Bittersweet chocolate may be a little too dark, as the filling is only slightly sweetened.
If you prefer something sweeter, such as milk chocolate, that is also possible. I add a little bit of coconut oil to help it melt better on the stove and prevent the chocolate from burning.
Instead of using chocolate bars and messing with chopped chocolate, I just use chocolate chips to make life easier. Whatever you choose, high-quality chocolate makes for a better truffle.
Truffle Recipe Flavors
I used orange essential oil, but here are a few more options:
The above measurements are not fixed rules. Add about half the amount to the filling and adjust to taste.
Adaptogen Chocolate Truffles
These smooth and creamy chocolate truffles contain adaptogenic mushrooms to boost health.
In a small bowl, whisk together the unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 TBSP and 2 tsp honey and the rest of the truffle filling ingredients. Use a rubber spatula or the back of a metal spoon to work everything together until smooth.
Place the filling in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set
Melt the semisweet chocolate chips and coconut oil together over very low heat in a saucepan or double boiler. Stir constantly to combine.
Using a small spoon, fill 14 of the cavities in the candy mold about 1/3 full with the melted chocolate. Use the back of the spoon to spread the chocolate down the sides of the mold.
Place the chocolate mold in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
Assembling the truffles
Remove the mold from the freezer and fill each cavity with the truffle mixture filling, leaving about 1/8 inch at the top. Place it back in the freezer for another 5-10 minutes, or until the filling is mostly firm.
Remove the mold from the freezer and spoon some more of the melted chocolate over the filling. Make sure the chocolate is spread out and touching the edges so that the chocolate layer seals into the filling.
Place the chocolates in the freezer for another 5-10 minutes until they are completely hard.
Remove the truffles from the mold and store in a cool place or in the refrigerator.
Comments: The filling will seem very dry at first, but keep working until it comes together. Add a little more honey or milk a few drops at a time if the mixture is too dry.
The exact size and number of truffles depends on the shape you use. Mine contained about 1 TBSP in each cavity.
Portion: 1truffleCalories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 10gEgg white: 1gFat: 3gSaturated fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gtrans fat: 1gcholesterol: 1mgSodium: 7mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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