3/13/2015

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Hello friends! I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a few weeks and I am happy to finally share it today! This last month was incredibly busy and I am finally able to slow down some and get back to writing here. For those of you patiently waiting for the next Conscious Pregnancy post I promise it is on the way. I’m almost finished with three of them and they will be coming out soon!

But for now let’s dive deep into this new healing, medicinal chocolate I’ve created for you. Many of you know my boyfriend Jason is an incredible acupuncturist. I’m fortunate to have learned a great deal from him these last few years about Chinese herbs. I started taking Chinese herbs to heal my PCOS in 2011 and never looked back. What I love about Chinese herbs and medicinal herbs in general is their capacity to heal on a mind/body/spirit level. Integrating herbs to my daily routine has made such an improvement in my health and overall wellness.

This chocolate contains a few of my favorite Chinese herbs and is so easy to make. I take herbs regularly in tonics like this, just mixed in water, sprinkled on morning porridge or in the form of cosmic chocolate! There are many ways to incorporate medicinal herbs into your everyday life.

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Medicinal Chocolate Truffels by Ashley Neese

I’m going to start by introducing you to He Shou Wu. This is one of my favorite beauty and longevity herbs. He Shou Wu can be translated as “Mr. He’s Black hair”. Legend has it that Mr. He stayed eternally young by drinking He Shou Wu tea. He Shou Wu is a tonic herb for the kidneys, liver and endocrine glands. He Shou Wu is the root of a flower and has long been used in China to help build blood, enhance fertility and counteract the effects of aging. He Shou Wu is higher in zinc per gram than animal products. Zinc is crucial for immune function and there is a direct correlation between immune health and longevity.

The next set of Chinese herbs that I used are called ‘Support The Righteous’. This formula is made from 12 medicinal mushrooms and offers superior immune support. You might be familiar with the more popular medicinal mushrooms like Chaga and Reishi. I like this formula because it takes the most effective mushrooms for energy, immunity and longevity and puts them all together. Each mushroom in this formula has a wide range of health benefits. When combined they make a super powerful anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral medicine that also uplifts our energy and restores emotional balance. These mushrooms work in a truly holistic way and they taste really earthy and yummy too!

I’ve been taking some form of medicinal mushroom for years. I love the way they make me feel and I’ve noticed huge improvements in my health, the biggest one is that I don’t get sick like I did before. The ‘Support The Righteous’ mushroom formula and He Shou Wu make for an delicious, original and immune boosting chocolate treat that I cannot wait for you to try.

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

The last herb I used in this recipe is turmeric. I used it mostly for decoration as it’s just so beautiful. Turmeric has been used for ages in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is an incredible anti-inflammatory bitter herb that has been widely researched for mental and physical health. My favorite way to enjoy turmeric is in fresh juices and golden elixirs.

Many raw chocolate recipes out there are mostly made up of cacao butter, the yellow/white fat that is extracted from the cacao bean in processing. Personally I don’t like to eat large amounts of cacao butter, it has zero nutritional value and leaves a yucky film in my mouth. Cacao butter is used in recipes because it is stable at room temperature. I’m fine with using high quality fats in my chocolate like coconut oil and keeping them in the fridge. Plus, when you have to make each batch by hand when you want to eat it, you stay engaged with the process and making these healing chocolates becomes a scared practice.

Medicina lChocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Using the highest quality ingredients is important here. Get your hands on some cold pressed virgin coconut oil. Since coconut oil is the base of this recipe you want it to be pure. Coconut oil is a great fat to add to sweet recipes as the flavor pairs well with many treats. Depending on where you live, your coconut oil might be solid at room temperature. You will need to melt it down to make the recipe and then pop the chocolate mixture in the fridge to set for a few minutes until it is solid enough to form into balls. You can also pour the liquid chocolate mixture into candy molds for a more polished look and feel. I like mine to look handmade, especially when you roll them around in turmeric they end up looking like these gorgeous golden nuggets from outer space. Side note, this is a super fun project to create with children of all ages!

Two more notes, then I will share the recipe, I promise! I use raw honey in this recipe for it’s healing properties. Raw honey is a potent medicine used for centuries to cure loads of ailments in Ayurveda. I suggest 2-3 tablespoons per batch depending on how sweet you want them.

If you want to make these truffles without honey you can make them with stevia. I prefer a liquid, alcohol free stevia like this one. Add 5-8 drops of stevia to the mixture in place of the honey. The texture will be slightly different but this is an excellent option for those of you doing our upcoming Sugar Cleanse or for anyone that wants to keep it zero glycemic.

Medicina lChocolate Truffles by Ashley Neese

Medicinal Chocolate Truffles

Makes 8-10

 

Ingredients //

 

Method //

Melt the coconut oil by placing the jar in a bowl of boiling water. Let the water cool and the coconut oil will melt. Once melted, pour the coconut oil into a small bowl and stir in the cacao, herbs, honey and water until well combined.

Pop the bowl in the fridge for a couple of minutes so that the oil gets firm enough to handle. Remove a heaping teaspoon of the chocolate mixture out of the bowl and roll into a ball on a smooth surface. Roll in turmeric and set on a plate. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.

Keep truffles stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Truffles will keep for 5-6 days in the fridge.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

xoa

 

// Photos by Sera Lindsey

Comments

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  • Anna

    omg chocolate + medicinal sounds like a dream <3

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    • ashley

      Anna you will love these!! Wishing you a beautiful day!! xoa

  • kristie {birch and wild}

    This is awesome! I used He Shou Wu in some chocolates I made for my blog a while back, and I loved the earthiness that it added. I will have to try your magic chocolates soon!

  • Christine // my natural kitchen

    Ashley these look amazing! I love making raw chocolates with superfoods but haven’t ventured into adding mushroom powders – I will definitely search out the ones you mentioned and in the meantime I have a lovely blend at home by Ancient Wisdom that includes He Shou Wu that I put in my hot chocolate and it’s always delicious. I always love reading your posts and learning from you! xo

    • ashley

      Hey there Christine! Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. I can’t wait for you to start adding mushrooms to your chocolates, it really takes everything up a few levels ;) Your hot chocolate sounds divine and the blend you have sounds like it works really well in it. Yummy! I hope you have a beautiful rest of the week and happy early Equinox! xoa

  • lauren

    totally making these
    i love how mess they are!
    xx

    • ashley

      LOL! They are SO messy. I love that about them too. It really feels like a crafty project every time I make them. Just wait. When you pull one out of the fridge it’s insane. xoa

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