In Finland we have this one delicious small chocolate covered mint truffle bar with a hint of vanilla called Pätkis. Pätkis and I have quite a strong and long lasted love relationship. Actually at one point it was an almost unhealthy addiction, from my part, I have to admit. Being together felt always such a good idea and it tickled all my senses, but afterwards I felt always used and empty.
And I'm really not the only missus this small charmer has. Actually, almost all my female friends have a small or big crush on him. One friend of mine thought that her relationship with Pätkis wasn't doing her any good, so she threw me a challenge and asked if I could make a healthy version of her favourite chocolate lover. I sympathised her pain, so I rolled up my sleeves and got into action.
And I did quite well, I have to say. Of course you can never totally copy the charm of a true Casanova, but for me this does the trick.
Chocolate truffle on the inside, a hint of peppermint and vanilla, and a chocolate coat on top. Everything is raw, unprocessed, no white sugar, no additives, no e-codes or other gimmicks.
This lover is a true lover. No exploiting of women. He leaves a girl smiling and feeling good about herself. And I'm happy to pass the love!
RAW MINT TRUFFLE CHOCOLATE BARS
About 8 pieces
Raw Mint Truffle Bars:
- 0,5 dl cacao butter
- 0,5 dl raw cacao mass
- 4 tbls cold-pressed coconut oil
- 5 tbls raw cacao powder
- 4 tbls organic honey (or coconut palm syrup)
- 2 tbls almond butter (or some salt free nut butter)
- a few drops chocolate flavored stevia (optional)
- 0,5 tsp vanilla powder
- 0,5 tsp peppermint extract
- a mini pinch of sea salt
- 1 dl of almond meal
- 1 dl grated raw cacao mass
- 0,5 dl grated cacao butter
- 2 tbls cold-pressed coconut oil
- 4 tbls raw cacao powder
- 4 tbls organic honey (or coconut palm syrup, or stevia)
- 0,5 tsp vanilla extract or a few drops of vanilla flavored stevia
- a mini pinch of sea salt
Mint truffle bars:
Melt the cacao butter, cacao mass and coconut oil in a warm water bath until liquid. Add raw cacao powder, honey, stevia, vanilla and peppermint extract and sea salt. Stir. Check the taste and add more spice if needed. Mesure the almond flour into a blender and add the chocolate mass. Mix until smooth. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and put it into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Prepare the chocolate coating in the meantime.
Melt the cacao butter and coconut oil in a warm water bath until liquid. Add cacao powder, honey, and salt and mix. Check the taste and add sweeteners if needed.
Take the chocolate mass from the freezer and form small chocolate bars. (If the mixture is still too loose put it back in the freezer for a moment.) Glaze the bars with the chocolate coating. If the frosting is too runny, keep it a little while in a cold water bath so that it thickens a little bit. When all the bars have their coating, put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy! Store in a refrigerator. Best when kept in a room temperature for a while before serving!