As promised, here in quick succession after last week's Ferrero Rocher Choc Hazelnut Truffles, is my other favourite balled recipe of the moment, a Chocolate Orange Truffle (to check out the Ferrero's click here). I've spoken about my love of combining raw cacao with orange before, given the glorious harmonies between the nutrients in each of these foods. In particular, raw cacao is extremely high in iron, containing three times as much as beef and lamb per 100g (would you believe!). However it's iron of the plant or non-heme kind, meaning that it's not as easily absorbed as iron from animal flesh. In comes our friend, vitamin C.
Vitamin C, sourced from the likes of oranges, kiwifruit, as well as some lesser known superfood fruits such as Gubinge and Camu Camu, greatly enhances the absorption of non-heme iron. It doesn't hurt that the flavours of Chocolate and Orange also work brilliantly together (mother nature does often get it right doesn't she!).
However don't just stop at the humble Orange, I've supercharged this recipe with the addition of two relatively unknown superfoods - Gubinge and Camu Camu. Between the two of these fruits, they contain over 60 times the vitamin C of Oranges! Although remember, superfoods aren't just some fancy set of ingredients only found and consumed on Mars. Instead I like to think of superfoods as any food that contains super human properties in the nutrient stakes. So that includes Gubinge and Camu Camu, but also refers to the humble Broccoli and Tomato!
Gubinge is actually the local tribal name of a version of the Kakadu Bush Plum, grown in the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Our Gubinge is wild crafted and wild harvested by the local Nyul Nyul people, and then processed by one of our favourite companies, Loving Earth, who give all profits from the sale of the product back to the local Nyul Nyul community. So awesome.
The wildcrafted nature of this particular Gubinge also means it contains a whopping 13% Vitamin C, the highest verified natural source of Vitamin C on the planet. One tiny 3g serving provides you with 390mg of Vitamin C, almost 6 times the amount found in a whole orange. What’s more, since Gubinge is a whole food in its natural form, your body can absorb the nutrients contained within much more effectively than a synthetic supplement, which has had the other phytonutrients (plant-nutrients) essential for absorption, removed. This makes Gubinge's overall effectiveness in terms of Vitamin C punch incomparable to synthetic isolated pills you'll find in the chemist.
Camu Camu meanwhile comes in a very close second in the global Vitamin C stakes, at 12%. In contrast however it comes from the other side of the South Pacific Ocean, in the Amazonian planes of Peru. Also a plum looking fruit, it is around 2cm in diameter and has a purplish red skin with a yellow pulp. Camu Camu has traditionally been used by local Peruvians to strengthen the immune system, ward off viral infections, and help maintain optimal health, especially under conditions of stress and anxiety (we could all do with a bit of that). It can promote energy and vitality in people with chronic immune dysfunction, and also help detoxify the body. It also contains loads of goodness in the form of bioflavonoids, amino acids serine, valine, and leucine (the building blocks of protein), plus considerable quantities of B vitamins.
Onto the tasty stuff. These truffles are as always super easy to make. If you don't have Gubinge or Camu Camu on hand you can order a few jars for your pantry here. You could make them without, you just won't get the full benefits of that Vitamin C triple whammy.
As with most of my tasty sweet treats, these are able to last in your freezer for up to 3 months. Although they generally only last in our freezer for a few days!
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and let's say goodbye to next winter's cold! I would love to hear what you think below or over on my Facebook page.
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1/3c raw cacao powder
c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon
* Use dried activated cashews if you have them on hand, otherwise raw will also work great.
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