This recipe for dark chocolate orange bonbons is a delicious chocolate treat for those following a Paleo lifestyle. Made with healthy fats and protein, this recipe tastes amazing and doesn't require you to own a candy factory.
Raw cacao powder isn't the same as natural cocoa or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder contains the highest amounts of beneficial antioxidants and minerals by far, and it tastes much better and less bitter.
Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus chilling time
Cooking time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Yield: 15 servings
Chocolate Shell Coating (see recipe below)
One 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
3 tablespoons raw honey
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
Bring the coconut milk and honey to a boil over medium heat and simmer it over very low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. After 2 hours, the mixture should've thickened to have the consistency of sweetened condensed milk and not run off the spoon easily.
Add the cacao powder and vanilla and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly so the mixture doesn't burn. When the mixture starts to release off the bottom of the pan and has a very thick consistency, remove it from the stove.
Add the orange zest and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Chill the cooled mixture in the fridge for about 2 hours.
Grease your hands with butter and start rolling the chilled cacao mixture into balls, about 2 teaspoons per ball. Refrigerate the formed truffles while making the Chocolate Shell Coating.
Dip each truffle in the Chocolate Shell Coating and then refrigerate on a sheet lined with parchment paper. Keep refrigerated.
Chocolate Shell Coating
2-1/2 tablespoons cacao butter
3-1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt the cacao butter in a bowl over simmering water (double boiler) until it reaches 122 degrees F.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until all are combined and the mixture reaches 122 degrees F.
Per serving: Calories 110 (From Fat 79); Fat 9g (Saturated 7g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 8mg; Carbohydrate 7g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 1g.