These came about from an experiment in the kitchen with one of my friends, who happens to be a dietician and fellow foodie! We clubbed together store cupboard ingredients and came up with a healthier alternative to those addictive little truffles we all know and love.
50g quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
Put the washed quinoa into a large frying pan on a medium heat and, stirring frequently, allow it to colour and pop. This creates a wonderful crunchy, nutty grain. Pop the couscous into a small bowl or mug and pour over boiling water (just enough to cover the couscous by a 1/2cm). Cover with a lid or plate and set aside. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a small pan and add the cocoa powder. Stir together until it looks like melted chocolate. Add the popped quinoa, couscous and honey to the pan and mix well.
Lay out some small paper cases and scatter some dessicated coconut on a plate. Take bitesized pieces of the mixture and roll into balls in your hands, then roll these in the coconut. Pop into the cases and voila! Hidden grain truffles, perfect for sharing. Make a batch for homemade Christmas gifts. Did I just say Christmas in November?