“Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence.
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.”
Sometimes mornings on our Australian goat farm are so beautiful I can hardly bear it.
My carefully fenced in gardens become luminous blocks of light, mundane things like sun shades and plastic sheeting turned into glittering panels that seem to dance and shimmer as the sun edges ever higher over the fields beyond.
I love the diaphanous mist hovering above the waving stalks of grass, glowing brightly and softening every harsh angle and stark outline.
I can’t get enough of the jeweled spider webs hanging tremulously like diamond necklaces.
The softness of the light is gentle, quiet, soothing. If I carry over anxieties from one day to the next, a few moments gazing at this early morning world quickly dissolves them.
On mornings like this the light seems to infuse me as well. No matter how dark or stormy the day becomes, I can close my eyes and be transported back to those quiet, luminous moments when all is quiet and all is well.
When the close-your-eyes moments come, it’s lovely to open them up again to a treat like raw dark chocolate truffles. I love these little beauties for they are filled with nutritious goodness yet taste like something decadent and naughty.
Dates are filled with calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium and fight intestinal disorders and abdominal cancer.
Cocoa is a powerful antioxidant and fights heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and cancer.
Walnuts are not only good antioxidants, they’re also anti-inflammatory and high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, help protect against breast cancer, diabetes, depression, and the harmful effects of stress.
These truffles may taste like dessert, but they’re also wonderfully healing.
They’re also fun to experiment with. Try different nuts and dried fruits, a cold-pressed nut oil instead of coconut, and roll them in a variety of toppings such as desiccated coconut, toasted ground nuts or seeds.
What is your favorite healthy treat?
Raw Dark Chocolate Truffles
1 cup raw walnuts
8-10 dates, pitted
1/4 cup cocoa
1-3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp maple syrup
pinch of salt
optional – cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, ground walnuts for rolling
- Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor and process until mixture is smooth and holds together like dough.
- Taste to see if it needs more of anything since the mixture will vary based on sweetness of dates used. If it needs more sweetness, add more dates, for more chocolate flavor add more cocoa. If it’s too soft, add more walnuts, if it’s too dense, add more coconut oil.
- Roll teaspoons of mixture between your hands to form small balls and place in single layer in sealable container.
- When all balls are formed, cover container and refrigerate.
- You can eat them as is or roll in cocoa powder, desiccated coconut or ground walnuts.