If you adore chocolate and gingerbread, then I have the perfect little treat for you! As you all know, raw recipes are one of my favorites to make. They're super nutritious, so satisfying, and rich in flavors without any added ingredients. They also keep your skin youthful and enhance your mood. And hey, I love my veggies, green juice, and green smoothies just like the next gal out there, but let's face it....
Sometimes a girl just needs something sweet that happens to be good for her too!
Enter these Raw Gingerbread Chocolate Truffles.....
Last month I contacted Manitoba Harvest out of interest in doing a review of their hemp products for you guys. Why Manitoba Harvest?
They are the only USDA certified hemp producer in the United States. Other brands are not produced in the U.S., even though they're organically sourced and made. Manitoba Harvest has been one of my favorite companies to buy hemp seeds from, though they're almost always out of stock anytime I go to the store. I wonder why? Of course, it's because they're seriously the best tasting.
After trying several kinds of hemp seeds, I kept coming back to Manitoba Harvest because they tasted fresher, nuttier and were more moist than other versions I tried. NEVER buy an off brand of hemp seeds, okay? You're missing out on the benefits and delicious tastes that hemp has to offer. I was actually sent a sample of their natural hemp hearts, which aren't labeled organic, but are produced in the same place as their organic products are, so I felt fine consuming them!
I also requested to try the companies' Hemp Pro protein powder, which I hadn't previously tried yet. It is made with nothing but raw, cold-pressed organic hemp seeds, and is high in fiber, magnesium, all essential amino acids, chlorophyll, Omega 3 fatty acids, nutrient-dense Omega 6 fatty acids known as GLA that offer metabolism boosting benefits, heart healthy benefits and more.
Hemp protein is THE BEST protein powder out there since it is a 100% plant based protein and less processed since it contains only raw hemp as the ingredient. Hemp is the easiest to digest of any protein out there and since it is a complete protein that is easily absorbed by your body, you don't need to combine any additional sources of complementary protein with hemp. You can enjoy it all on its own! I also like using hemp protein because it helps prevent and treat depression, anxiety, sluggish metabolism and low energy.
Hemp is the best overall plant-based food for mood, body and brain health.
Manitoba Harvest has many different protein powders to try. You can view all their protein powders here, and find out how they compare.
Manitoba Harvest's hemp protein was by far the best I've ever had. It was richer, sweeter and nuttier than any other kind I've had. In fact, this past month I've had terrible acidic stomach symptoms after using whey protein in my smoothies. I had used a grass-fed whey for months with no issues, but suddenly I had terrible pain and bloating after my morning smoothies. So, I cut out ingredients to figure out what was causing the issue. Nothing worked until I cut out the whey, and replaced it with hemp.
What now? Well, not only has my energy increased, digestion improved, and satisfaction increased after eating, but I haven't had one touch of an acidic stomach after eating my morning smoothie since. That being said, Manitoba Harvest's hemp protein has seriously convinced me to only use hemp protein in my smoothies from now on. Since it is so high in amino acids, I won't be sacrificing anything when it comes to protein, and it is friendlier to my body, my brain, to the earth and to animals, which are all so important to me!
Hemp protein is also the least processed, most eco-friendly, and most affordable of all proteins out there when it comes to raw single sources of organic choices.
I'll be sharing with you some of my new hemp smoothie recipes, but for now, feel free to check out the Manitoba Harvest website for their smoothie recipes, and to learn more about their great products. I was quite impressed with this company and with the owner of the company's personal health success after discovering hemp, which led him to develop the Manitoba Harvest hemp company.
Not only was I inspired by his story, but also touched by the personal card I was sent, along with the great recipes in the booklet enclosed!
THANK YOU MANITOBA HARVEST!!!!:)
So, let's get onto those truffles, shall we?
These truffles have no added sugar, are completely raw, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and of course, they are allergen-free since they are raw. With the addition of the hemp, they're also great for squashing a low mood since hemp is packed with magnesium and healthy fats.
If you need a protein-rich, sweet treat that is low in sugar and easy to digest, this is it! These buttery, rich and chocolate treats feature just an essence of ginger and other complimentary spices that will enhance the taste, as well as up the antioxidant content.
Raw Gingerbread Chocolate Truffles
Serves: 12-14 1 inch sized balls
- 4 figs ( soaked first for one hour in 1/2 cup filtered water to soften)
- 1/2 cup soaking water from figs
- 1/2 cup Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Seeds ( hearts)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- dash of nutmeg
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder, or you can use dark cocoa powder like Hershey's
- additional stevia for sweetness ( I used 1/4 tsp. of Nu Naturals stevia extract)
1. Soak the figs in the 1/2 cup soaking water for one hour first. This softens them and helps the process go much smoother.
2. After soaking, chop the figs into 6 smaller pieces each to break them up a bit. Add them to the food processor.
3. Add the soaking water and remaining ingredients until a thick dough is formed.
Yes, this looks like a thick mud, but smells like raw brownie batter!!:) Trust me, it will take EVERY bit of willpower you have to to get a spoon and eat it straight up out of your food processor.
PS- I always make these when I need a snack, NEVER when I'm full, so I can eat the last little bits with a spoon after I'm done with the recipe:):):)
4. Scoop the dough into ball sized shapes. Yes, your hands will be a mess, but indulge in your inner child and enjoy yourself:) You're making something healthy and yummy!
Pop these in a freezer safe container for long term storage. They take just 5 minutes on the counter to soften, or they will keep in your fridge for one-two days.
Want to score some FREE hemp hearts for yourself?
Manitoba Harvest has offered to give you guys one of their full size bags of hemp hearts ON THE HOUSE!
Now you can make your own truffles or something else super fabulous. Just be sure to share it with me!!:)
Here's what you need to do to win the contest:
1. Leave a comment below telling me how you would use these hemp seeds
2. Follow Manitoba Harvest on Pinterest, Facebook AND Twitter and leave another comment saying you did so. * I will check!:)*
3. Lastly, Pin this recipe to Pinterest and follow me there if you don't already and leave a comment saying you did so:)
That's it! I will select a random winner in one week on Sunday, August 25th by 12 p.m. Winner will be announced that day by 5 p.m. I will contact the winner by that afternoon before 5 p.m. and request an address so your hemp hearts can be sent to you, so be sure to subscribe to this blog's latest updates in the box on the right side of the blog that says "Subscribe by Email".
Note* All email subscription issues have now been fixed, so resubscribe if you haven't done so since August 15th, 2013. I realized many of you weren't receiving my updates previously, so I changed providers to take care of this and I'm so sorry. THANK YOU for your patience!
So, what would you make with these delicious hemp hearts?
Have you ever tried hemp seeds?