Healthy "Magic" Black Bean Truffles

Guest Post By Monica Nelson

Healthy Black Bean Truffles

So by now, you must have heard of baking, making, and creating yummy treats using black beans as the main ingredient.  You may have even tried all of my Moni “Bean” Treats by now. If this is news to you though, boy are you are in for a treat! Here, right now…  today… I offer you something seriously irresistible. WARNING: You will not be able to  eat only one but that is okay because these are HEALTHY! (Yes, chocolate is always on my food list for antioxidants & superfoods. Just ask my clients!).
These treats are very unique, very tasty , and are actually are packed with good-for- you ingredients.  I present to you Healthy “Magic” Black Bean Truffles.
Healthy Black Bean Truffles
Not sold? Well imagine the “magic” of mixing black beans, with a lil’ banana, apple sauce, some peanut butter (or try my coconut oil version too!) and just a bit of maple syrup.  (This is just to only name a few too!) It gets better though. Read on.
Cacao Magic
Then I also add in a product I am absolutely in love with called Cacao Magic from Super Food “Magic” Maker-The Philosophie.com. This is a antioxidant superfood blend of ingredients such as organic cacao powder, organic chia seeds, and organic cacao nibs just to name a few. Cacao Magic packs 10x the antioxidants of green tea, more magnesium than 3 cups of broccoli and more calcium than a glass of milk.
Cacao Magic
Yep. It is that good and why else would it be called “Magic!” See why I use it in this recipe. It not only tastes amazing but it is a great addition to these truffles and a great way to sneak in more superfoods. NOTE: You do not AT ALL have to use Cacao Magic to make these AMAZING GOODIES but it really is great with this recipe and a great way to sneak in some superfoods!
Melting Chocolate!
So now imagine all of those yummy ingredients blended well together and adding one more little touch…Try to imagine dipping these balls of bliss into now melted chocolate. What you get is now a smooth, dark, blissful bite that shows no trace of the beans and you are also NOW are getting in antioxidants. Are you with me? Of course you are!
Healthy Black Bean Truffles
We all love truffles. We take our time with truffles. They are rich, decadent, and a must have. We love the first hard, bite when our teeth break into the hard chocolate shell. We love what the center then fills our mouths with that rich, irresistible, wonderful flavor and texture. Well expect just that with this recipe! The only thing you can except that is different with these truffles, is that they are much healthier and that you can get away with eating more than one!
There is more I want to tell you. You can make this in 2 different flavors. One can be a peanut butter filling and the other way that I also love can be a coconut flavor filling. You will want to only pick one version in a batch though and not both! Sometimes I like the peanut butter while others I love the coconut so I always rotate. Both versions are great and it really depends on what flavors you want more of. I say try making it both ways.
Black Bean Magic Truffles

NOTES: I recommend to taste the mixture before rolling it into balls to see if you want to add more sweet or salt.  (Keep in mind though, that if you use a semi-sweet chocolate for the coating, it will add a bit of extra sweetness to the truffles.)

Although I said you can get away with eating more than one, all you need is one or two. Try to not eat them all in the “making process” though because I fail every time!

Enjoy~

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Servings

15-18 Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked black beans, (rinse and drain if canned)
  • 1/3 of a banana
  • 2 tbs of apple sauce
  • 2 tbs peanut butter for pb version OR 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) for coconut  flavor BUT not both – pick one.
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs of stevia
  • pinch of sea salt, always the trick to hide the beany taste
  • 2-3 tbs pure maple syrup, depending on your sweetness preference
  • 1  tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbs of Cacao Magic, optional. (You do not need this but I love it here and it is a great way to sneak in more superfood antioxidants. Plus it really tastes amazing.)
  • dash of cinnamon, optional. (I just like it on everything.)
  • 1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate of choice (dark is great too or could do white chocolate also), for melting and coating
  • Optional add-ins: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. can all work!

Directions

  1. Place the beans, banana, apple sauce, peanut butter (or coconut oil), cocoa powder, stevia, salt, maple syrup, vanilla extract, Cacao Magic (if using not neccesary but really great in this recipe!), and cinnamon (if using) all in a food processor. Blend everything until well combined, scraping down the sides if you need to. It should start to get thick and form together. (Best part is you can eat it RAW thanks to this recipe being vegan, but try not to!). NOTE: You do need to try that batter here and make sure you like it to your taste preference -(salt/sweet ratios).
  2. Cover a baking sheet covered with parchment paper coated with cooking spray so they do not stick. (I love coconut oil spray for this too). Next, use a spoon and roll about a tablespoon size piece into a ball and place on the a baking sheet lined with parchment. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. (Try hard to not eat them at this point, I fail everytime!).
  3. Meanwhile melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave). When the balls have chilled pull out just about half (you want them to stay cold, so do them in batches). Next carefully insert a (toothpick works great) into the center and dip in the melted chocolate to coat. You can place a spoon underneath for back-up if it drops in the chocolate. Place on parchment paper. Then I lightly use my two fingers to slowly remove the toothpick.
  4. Let chill again so the chocolate coating sets. Can be anywhere from 15-30 mins. Store in the fridge (or freezer). Now Enjoy!

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I believe a home cooked-meal created with beautiful, nourishing ingredients + joyful energy is one of the greatest expressions of love.

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1) Organic Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

 

Gather This:

  • 1 pound lean ground organic pork
  • 10 leaves of butter lettuce or romaine lettuce
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 8 teaspoons plum sauce (look for gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Green Bee Honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • sesame seeds

 

Do This:

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add pork. Cook, stirring until it starts to brown. Drain excess fat.

Stir in green onions, Green Bee Honey, ginger, garlic, and tamari. Cook for 3 minutes. Place lettuce leaves on plate and 1/2 cup or so of the meat mixture on each leaf. Add a sprinkle of cilantro and top with a dash of sesame seeds!

 

2) Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

 

Gather This:

  • 12 ounces chicken breast, grilled or baked
  • 5 cups chopped kale
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • sprinkle of Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

 

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Rinse and chop kale, and add the dressing. Massage the kale until the leaves start to soften. You can leave it in the refrigerator too for a bit if you like (the kale won’t wilt much!). Top with roasted chickpeas and/or roasted chicken for an added protein boost and a sprinkle of Green Dream for a savory kick!

 

 

3) Pesto Chicken and Veggie Skewers


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  • ¾ cup cashews
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the Chicken + Veggies:

  • 1 pound organic chicken, cubed (your butcher can cube it for you too!)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

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Place the skewers over a grill on medium-high, cooking for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and spread the pesto on the chicken and veggies. You can also enjoy this with quinoa or wild rice!

 

 

4) Quinoa Mushroom Risotto

Gather This:

  • 2 ½  cups beef stock
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Bee Honey
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • shredded parmesan (optional topping)

 

Do This:

Warm beef stock in a pan on high until it begins to boil. Add quinoa, and then turn to medium-low heat and leave to simmer covered for 25 minutes or so (until all the liquid has evaporated).

Chop the onions and mushrooms, and add both to a pan to cook on medium-low heat, with the butter. After 3 minutes, add the thyme, wine, and garlic. Keep cooking until the mixture evaporates, for another 5-10 minutes. Add in Cacao Bee and stir. Combine everything together and top with shredded parmesan, if you like!

 

5) Mexican Shrimp Cauliflower Bowls


Gather This:

For the Bowls:

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  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup blackened corn (Trader Joe’s frozen section)
  • 1 cup fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Bee Honey
  • pinch of salt

 

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  • 1 ½ cups of butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 organic red apple, chopped and seeded
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • Shaved parmesan

 

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Cook onion for 4 minutes with the olive oil. Add in garlic, onion, sage, apple, chicken broth, and squash. Bring to a boil on high heat. Once your soup is boiling, put the lid on, turn it down to medium low, and let simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 25 minutes, add the Green Dream and blend with an immersion blender. You can also pour the whole mixture in a regular blender as well. Serve in your favorite bowl (or mug if you’re enjoying it on the sofa!) + top with parmesan!

 

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