LOVE OTHERS. LOVE YOURSELF.
One of our favorite ways to celebrate LOVE is to make these delicious raw Rose and Maca herbal truffles. They are divinely delicious and totally satisfying. They have elicited big, loud reactions of pleasure from many people! We were originally inspired by the MinimalistBaker (1). Our version adds delicate rose petals and exciting maca for an aphrodisiac twist. We also soaked and dried our nuts here!
Rose is a wonderful herbal ally for welcoming in the yin energy of the divine feminine. It is also particularly useful for energetically supporting the heart and first and second chakras. Rose is a beautiful medicine for opening the heart chakra as well as increasing patience, compassion, and love. This beautiful flower is uplifting, soothes emotional tension, and promotes a sense of wellbeing. Rose also has an affiliation for the pelvis, has powerful aphrodisiac effects and can help to boost libido.
Rose is such a supportive herb for self care. It is associated with supporting a sense of boundaries from external stimuli that can tax the nervous system like overwork or challenging relationships. Rose helps create a healthy shielding while maintaining our inner beauty. Everyday is a perfect day to harness Rose’s unique actions and affinity for wellness. It was easy to make such a delicious and beautiful treat with Rose!
As a caffeine-free, plant-based superfood, it's hard not to love versatile Maca. Not only can Maca root contribute to overall well-being, but it is also believed to balance hormone levels, help maintain energy, and support a healthy libido (2). Thus, it is no surprise that maca has traditionally been taken as an aphrodisiac with clinical research to support the tradition (3). In addition, maca’s adaptogenic nature aids the nervous system (3). This quality helps the body to adapt and deal with a variety of stressors and promotes a well-balanced life which is why many people enjoy adding maca to their daily routine. Maca offers a sensual essence to this recipe giving a zippy excitement to each bite! Please note, before using Maca it is important to talk to your healthcare team if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer as there may be a contraindication for its use (4).
There are so many reasons to LOVE our aphrodisiac herbal truffles - here are a few!
These little gems are naturally sweetened, decadently chocolatey, and pack a nice protein punch AND they look beautiful, taste great, and won’t leave you in a sugar crash after indulging.
We just LOVE these herbal truffles and think you will too! Spread the love and wellness wherever you go. You’ll be amazed at the sounds of delight from those that you share these with!
Aphrodisiac Raw Chocolate Truffles with Rose and Maca
Servings per batch: 16 truffles
1. If using soaked nuts, soak 1 cup of almonds and 1 cup of cashews. Be sure to dry completely. For soaking tips, check out our Soaking and Sprouting blog.2. Place almonds and cashews in a food processor or high speed blender and process the nuts until they reach a meal-like consistency.
3. Next, add the pitted dates into the food processor and process until only small bits remain. You can test to see if the dates are processed enough by seeing if the dates will form into a ball shape when pressed together. The MinimalistBaker recommends adding 10 dates to start and adding the last 2 dates as needed to form the dough and we totally agree.
4. Add in the cocoa powder, maca powder, and salt. Pulse the mixture until blended together.
5. Set up a cookie tray that can fit in your freezer and line with parchment paper.
6. Once the dough is easy to form into balls, scoop out 1 TBSP and roll or carefully form balls with your hands. PRO tip from the MinimalistBaker: If the balls are not quite forming together, you can hold the dough in your palm and let the heat of your hand warm the dough and then gently shape.
7. Set each truffle on the parchment paper and place the tray in the freezer to chill.
While we wait for the truffles to chill, we will make the chocolate coating.
8. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Watch this pot closely to ensure the chocolate does not overheat or burn.
9. When the chocolate has melted, stir in the coconut oil. This will help thin the chocolate and make the dipping process easier.
Time to Coat!
10. Remove the truffles from the freezer and dip each one into the melted chocolate. It is best to dip one truffle at a time and remove them using a fork. Friendly reminder, tap away excessive chocolate before placing them back on the parchment paper.
11. After each truffle is removed from the chocolate, top with rose petals quickly to help the topping stick.
12. Dip and top all truffles and let them set at room temperature.
Storage: Store these raw truffles in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the fridge or hold in the freezer for up to 3 months.
1. The MinimalistBaker Team. “Vegan Chocolate Truffles”. Accessed on 1/16/22
2. Gaia Herbs Team. “Maca”. Accessed on 1/16/22.
3.. Gonzalez, G.F., Cordova, A., Chung, A., Villena, A., Gonez, C, and Castillo, S. “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men”. Andrologia. 2002 Dec;34(6):367-72.doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0272.2002.00519.x. Accessed on 1/16/22.
4. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Maca”. Last Updated: 8/2020. Accessed on 1/16/22.
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