No, you don't need glasses, you totally read that right. These chocolate truffles are deliciously decadent AND they are only 45 calories a piece! Woot! I seriously feel like I found the holy grail of chocolate truffle recipes. And the reason for this recipe's waist line approving awesomeness is its secret ingredient...Stevia! Stevia In The Raw, to be exact.
Stevia In The Raw is a 100% natural, zero-calorie sweetener. Have you ever tried it before? This was the first time I have ever used it, and I was pleasantly surprised with the ooey gooey, melt-in-your-mouth results. Stevia is a natural extract from the leaves of the Stevia plant. You can substitute Stevia in most recipes that call for sugar a well as to sweeten up hot or cold drinks. So basically, happy taste buds + happy waistline = happy dance!
I was sent a few In The Raw products and asked by the In The Raw company to try out some of their Au Natural recipes from their website. P.S. Can I tell you how great their recipe archive is!
Since I love to have treats on hand when we host play dates, I thought these Chocolate Truffles were the perfect thing to make for a play date we hosted for friends last week. I think you'll like them too, especially the low-calorie aspect thanks to Stevia In The Raw.
Chocolate Truffles (makes 36 Truffles)
6 oz dark or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
3 packets of Stevia In The Raw
1 tsp pure vanilla (or 2 tsp orange liqueur, brandy, or rum)
3 tablespoons unsweetened ground chocolate or natural cocoa powder
Heat cream and Stevia In The Raw in small saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edge, or microwave until cream is almost boiling. With chocolate in a medium sized bowl, pour half of the hot cream over chocolate and stir slowly until chocolate is melted, about 2-3 minutes. Add remaining cream, vanilla or other flavoring, stir gently until mixture is blended and silky. Cool truffle mixture to lukewarm, about 20 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 4 hours up to 24 hours.
Line jelly roll pan with wax paper. Take cold truffle mixture from refrigerator and scoop in generous teaspoons. Roll chocolate into a ball and place on baking sheet. If truffle mixture gets too soft return to refrigerator until firm again. May need to rinse hands with cold water and dry them after 10-12 truffles. Cover rolled truffles loosely with foil and chill until firm, 1-2 hours, or up to 3 days.
To serve, place ground chocolate or cocoa powder in a small bowl and roll truffles until well coated. Serve immediately, or cover with foil and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Serve directly from refrigerator.
Per Serving ( 2 Truffles): 90 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, <1 5="5" dietary="dietary" fiber="fiber" g="g" mg="mg" p="p" sodium="">
Recipe adapted from In The Raw website
For this recipe you can use dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate, just try your hardest to get premium chocolate...the good stuff...so your truffles are truly decadent in flavor!
I used Stevia In The Raw in bulk, not the packets. So I used about 1 1/2 tsp of Stevia In The Raw to equal the 3 packets. I thought the truffles were just the right amount of sweet with this, you could always add more but remember you can't take it away!
Cover the truffles loosely with foil and chill until firm, 1-2 hours or up to 3 days.
These get melty quick, so either serve them immediately or put them right back in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
'Au Natural In The Raw' App via Facebook to pixelate my image. This is a neat new app they have to help you show off your delicious creations as we all know we love to take pictures of the food we make and share it with our friends and family. Food photography using In The Raw products are so Au Natural they are too hot for the web, get it? Hahaha!
And here is my pixelated image. Oh, now doesn't that look so hot it's deliciously obscene? When you go to the app to upload a photo you can give just the right amount of coverage to your Au Natural photos and you will also be able to view all the other cool food pictures uploaded and pixelated there as well. There is a slider at the top of the gallery where you can unpixelate the images so you can see what foods are hiding behind that mysteriously sexy coverage.
Don't you want to try this now too? Head on over to the 'Au Natural In The Raw' App here, and give your food photography just the right amount of coverage, it's fun!
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