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Virtuous Easter Treats- Guilt-Free

Written By Gracie 

It’s hard to ignore sugar cravings, especially around Easter when chocolate is EVERYWHERE so I have come up with a guilt-free alternative for those trying to be good this Easter… Little chocolate nests with dairy-free, vegan pistachio truffles mmmm…

The best thing about these nests and truffles is that they actually have health benefits! Hard to believe when you try one, but it’s true. They are full of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, minerals and good fats.

The truffles are a little more time consuming and messy to make, but so worth it. You can have the truffles on their own or place them on the nests. It’s the perfect guilt free alternative.

The Truffles: (Makes 14)

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45g x Cacao butter

30g x Cacao powder

2 1/2 x Tbsp Maple syrup

Tiny pinch of Himalayan salt

2 x Tbsp Shelled pistachio nuts (chopped up finely)

Directions:

1) Pour some boiling water into a pan  (without turning the gas or hob on) and place a heat proof bowl over with the cacao butter in and let it melt.

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2) Once melted, remove from the heat and add the cacao powder. Stir until it becomes a chocolatey liquid.

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3) Add the maple syrup and salt and mix. Pop it in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.

4) The mix should start to get a bit harder (which can happen quite quickly so keep a watchful eye on it). Once it has started to turn take it out the fridge and start moulding little balls (about 1/4 the size of a golf ball) then rub over the pistachio nuts to coat the truffles.

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5) If the mix gets too hard to mould, pop it back on the pan over the boiling water to soften it slightly.

6) Repeat the rolling action till you have run out of mix not forgetting to cover each ball in pistachio crumbs.

7) Pop the balls on a plate and in the fridge to set for about 10 mins.

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The Nests: (makes 14) 

NB: You will need paper cases

100g x 70% Dark chocolate

100g Puffed brown rice

1 x tsp maple syrup (This is optional. I didn’t use maple syrup but if you have a sweet tooth then go ahead).

Directions:

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1) Pour some boiling water into a pan over a medium heat. Place a heat proof bowl over the pan with the dark chocolate and leave it to melt

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2) Once melted take off the heat and add the puffed brown rice. Mix gently until all the rice is covered nicely with chocolate.

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3) Spoon the mix into paper cases pressing down on the centre of each to leave space for the truffles and pop in the fridge to set.

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4) Once set you can remove from the fridge and place a truffle on a few or lots of them. Completely up to you.

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Enjoy 🙂

N.B: keep the nests and truffles in an air tight container if you aren’t eating the straight away.