by Buffy Ellen
How is your August tracking? I'm definitely feeling the cold down here in New Zealand - and our recent Bali holiday seems like an increasingly distant memory! Let's just say I'm very much looking forward to spring peering around the corner.
We had another birthday in our family this past week, my Mum turned 59 (ok sorry ma, 49). I wanted to make her something delicious to celebrate (as well as healthy and plant-based, because as you know that's how I roll). But I've been a little tight on time recently with exams and assignments heating up in my Naturopathy/Nutrition/Herbal Med degree. These truffles are the perfect answer - super easy to make, done in under 20 minutes, only a single bowl to wash, and most importantly... they taste just a lil-bit-fancy.
If you're yet to make a homemade fruit and nut truffle then you definitely need to give these a go. Meanwhile if you're a seasoned truffle/bliss ball maker, I'm banking on the fact that this delicious blend of cardamom and orange is a flavour combo you haven't yet tried, and you really should! Either way, these truffles will bring a happy space to your week I promise.
Cardamom - the new cinnamonThe key to these truffles is a very special spice called cardamom. It's not as commonly utilised as cinnamon, cloves, ginger or nutmeg, but has a really lovely spicy yet sweet flavour to it. Like cinnamon, cardamom has a warming quality which beautifully balances sweet foods like these truffles. It's warming and drying nature also makes sweet foods more digestible (meaning happy tum and less gas/bowel issues).
Cardamom is a traditional Ayurvedic spice from India which has be used for digestive problems, detoxification, colds and flus, high blood pressure, as an anti-inflammatory (beneficial for most illnesses), and as an antioxidant to counter cellular aging. Like all spices, it's exceptionally high in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants, so adding some to your plant-based meals will not only add zing in terms of flavour, you'll also be gaining multiple health benefits as well. What's not to love!
Cardamom's delicious earthiness pairs perfectly with the citrusy zest of oranges - it's a flavour combo you might not have tried but is seriously good! If you don't have oranges, these also work brilliantly with lemons instead.
I hope you enjoy making these truffles for your next special event. Or maybe you might just decide to whip up a batch so you have something a lil-bit-fancy in the freezer for yourself! Either way, if you make them I'd love to see your creations on Instagram. Tag me @begoodorganics and #begoodorganics so I can pop over and say hi, and maybe even feature you in my monthly Be Good Organics in Your Kitchen album.
Enjoy your weekend, and all its lil-bit-fancy truffle filled moments!
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2 1/2 c cashews* 2 c desiccated coconut 1 c medjoul dates 1/4 c orange segments 2 tbsp coconut oil (soft but not melted, extra virgin cold-pressed) 3 tbsp orange rind 3 tbsp cardamom 1/4 tsp sea salt
For rolling: desiccated coconut
* Try soaking and dehydrating (drying) your nuts before using, for optimal nutrient absorption and digestion. Otherwise if you're short on time just use raw.
c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon
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