DIABETIC CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Diabetic Cacao Chocolate Truffle Text

These chewy, creamy chocolate truffles are simple to make and actually good for you. Stevia, cacao and cinnamon all offer significant healing benefits to diabetics. The worst part about these truffles is that everyone loves them, diabetic or not. It will be difficult to keep these a secret in your home.

If you have never had a truffle before, you are in for a quite a treat. These round chocolate confectionery gems are named after the truffle mushrooms, just because they have the same shape and color as the fungus by the same name. But the taste of the two could not be further apart. A few simple changes to the traditional recipe makes these melt-in-your-mouth chocolates suitable for diabetics.

 

HEALING BENEFITS

Cinnamon is a spice made from the sweet bark of trees. It is dried and sold in sticks or ground for convenience and comes in several varieties. Studies show that cinnamon is beneficial to controlling postprandial blood sugar levels. Stick to Ceylon or Saigon for the best results. Most types of cinnamon served in coffee shops is the sweet Saigon version.

 

Cacao is the dried fatty seed of the cacao plant, from which chocolate products are made. These highly bitter seeds can be made into cacao powder or cacao nibs. Dark chocolate and cacao offer the highest amount of antioxidants. Studies have proven the power of cacao to increase your body’s immunity and decrease blood pressure. Always seek cacao chocolate or cacao powder, since the similar cocoa powder is heavily processed which removes most of the healing properties. Read the label, you want to find the unsweetened variety, sometimes labeled baking chocolate.

 

Coconut milk is made from the inner “meat” of the tropical coconut. It is actually a fruit, not a nut like the name implies. The “conventional nutrition” wisdom that claims that coconut milk is unhealthy because it has fat is false. In fact, the coconut has healing properties because of its healthy fat content. Coconut milk and coconut oil are both high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can lower the risk of heart disease. Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients benefit from the MCT fats. And Alzheimer’s has a strong link to diabetes with some doctors even calling it “Type 3” diabetes.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

Follow the instructions below to make this simple treat. It only requires a few high-quality ingredients but does demand some time. These chocolate treats keep well for a week, covered in a refrigerator. We like having one (or maybe two!) after dining on a healthy dinner.

It’s good practice to pull out all the cookware you need before cooking. Likewise, pulling out the ingredients you need to measure or chop beforehand will simplify your cooking. The French call this practice mise en place which translates to “putting in place”. It is practiced in restaurants and taught to chefs in culinary school.

Diabetic Cacao Chocolate Truffle Ingredients
Chop your chocolate into small pieces with a kitchen knife. Then you can mix this chocolate mixture on of two ways. The traditional method for melting chocolate is done with a double boiler on the stove. You can fake it with a large stock pot filled with ~2 inches of almost boiling water. Place a metal mixing bowl over the stock pot and melt chocolate with the coconut milk, then add the spices in. Keep mixing the entire time.

Or the easier way to go is by just heating the coconut milk in a convenient microwave or on the stove top. This method is quicker and usually results in less steam burns. Simply microwave the coconut milk for about a minute. You want it close to, but not boiling. Then pour it over the chocolate pieces. Cover with a pan lid or cookie sheet for about 4 minutes.

Diabetic Cacao Chocolate Truffle Coconut Milk
Gently but thoroughly mix the coconut milk into the chocolate.
Diabetic Cacao Chocolate Truffle Mix
Add the spices in and mix again. I like using about 10 droppers of stevia liquid to sweeten the very bitter cacao. If you have ever accidentally eaten some baker’s chocolate you will fully understand how important sweetness is to this recipe. By not using sugar this will not spike your blood sugar off the charts. Stevia is a naturally occurring sweetener made from a plant and has healing properties.
Diabetic Cacao Chocolate Truffle Spices
Got it all mixed? If there’s any unmelted chocolate you can put it in the microwave for 10-30 seconds. It’s important that it’s mixed thoroughly to get even looking and tasting truffles. Once mixed, place in a shallow bowl or dish. Lightly press it down but do not pack it down hard. Allow to set in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until firm. Use a tablespoon to carve out some round truffles. Use your hands to roll them into neat balls. Dust the truffles in a shallow tray of the cacao powder, if desired. Store in the fridge, covered, for up to a week. These treats might last longer than a week, but most likely will be devoured in a few days.
Diabetic Cacao Chocolate Truffle Pan

 

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These chewy, creamy chocolate truffles are simple to make and actually good for you. Stevia, cacao and cinnamon all offer significant healing benefits to diabetics. The worst part about these truffles is that everyone loves them, diabetic or not. It will be difficult to keep these a secret in your home.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 balls
Ingredients
  • Dark Chocolate Unsweetened 100% Cacao, 8 oz
  • Coconut Milk (Full Fat) ½ cup
  • Liquid Stevia ~10 droppers
  • Optional: Cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Optional: Cacao Powder 3 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Finely chop the chocolate with a kitchen knife.
  2. Microwave the coconut milk for 30-60 seconds until hot.
  3. Pour coconut milk over chocolate and cover for 4 minutes.
  4. Stir chocolate mixture.
  5. Add stevia and optional cinnamon. Mix again.
  6. Press into a shallow pan. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes or until firm.
  7. Form into ~1 tbsp balls.
  8. Optional: Dust balls in a shallow pan of cacao powder.
  9. Refrigerate and enjoy.

 

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Photo by  TALMADGEBOYD and Scot Nelson and John Revo Puno.

4 Comments on “DIABETIC CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

  1. Do you mean 10 droppers full of stevia, or 10 drops? I’ve never used it and don’t want to put too much into the truffles. Thanks!

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