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« on: December 08, 2011 09:08:58 PM »

Whilst the concept of red kidney beans and chocolate is a bit frightening, it works in this instance. The beans create a smooth chocolaty truffle...a treat for you that is tasty and pretty darn healthy.

What?!  You can't stand the suspense?  Alright, alright.  I'll share the recipe.  Hopefully, you'll be gobblin' these up with glee (but remember, there are two cans of beans in the recipe--some, adverse, side effects may occur).

Cocoa Fudge (Bean) Truffles:
(Makes approx. 26-30, depending on how large you enjoy your balls...ha!)

* 2 cans of cooked red kidney beans, rinsed well under cold water
* 1 cup cocoa powder
* 1 cup agave nectar
* 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
* 6 scoops of  powdered stevia extract (6/32 or 3/16 teaspoons)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 teaspoons almond extract
* pinch of sea salt

*Chocolate coating, graham cracker crumbs, ground nuts, coconut, cocoa powder, etc.
**My chocolate coating: 2 bars of unsweetened baker's chocolate, 6 tablespoons of maple syrup, 8 droops of liquid vanilla stevia; melted over low-med heat in a sauce pan.

***I was working with ingredients I had on hand.  I would have preferred to use 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup brown rice syrup, 5 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder; melted over low-med heat in a sauce pan.  The above concoction worked, but did not harden as quickly.

1. Process the ingredients in a food processor until silky smooth.  If desired, add more liquid sweetener (agave nectar, liquid stevia extract, etc.)
2.  Transfer the batter to a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3.  Roll the batter into balls (having wet hands makes this waaaayyy easier).
4. Roll the balls in a topping of your choice, or leave your balls naked.
5. On a cookie sheet or plates lined with parchment paper (it sticks less than waxed paper), pop your balls in the freezer for approx. 25 minutes.
6. Store in the fridge for softer truffles or the freezer for a more frozen delight. 

Have I convinced you to try beans in a dessert?  How about if I double dog dare you?!

Some links on le blog:  http://positiveponderings.blogspot.com/2011/12/chocolate-bean-balls-cocoa-fudge.html

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011 09:45:56 PM »

You've convinced me! I've actually tried beans in desserts before. I made black bean brownies. MMMMMMM.... those were sooooo good. Can't wait to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011 10:23:03 PM »

Very cool! I'm going to a healthy cookie exchange party friday night and these sound really interesting. I might take the recipe to share because I've already picked out the recipes I want to make for the party, but I think the other girls would be interested in this.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2011 09:31:14 AM »

So glad people are interested in making bean desserts!

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2011 01:44:46 AM »

are they fudgey enough to fool junk food addicts? I want to try and force-feed my friends some healthy goodies and these could be perfect lol!!!

I'm imagining net horror movie+PJs night, I turn up with a plate of truffles. everyone partakes, everyone enjoys then i say "mwahahahahaha they're BEANS!!!"...
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011 08:05:34 PM »

mrsfibble, I find these very fudgey, but I have been pretty much sugar-free since 2010.  You could increase the agave nectar if you would like them sweetener.

PLEASE fool your friends--it would be great fun!

Oh, I just. had. an. idea.  You could use plain humus (just chickpeas and tahini) if you don't feel like processing beans.

« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2012 10:12:25 AM »

Wow! That looks amazing! I will have to try it, too!

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