Dark Chocolate Truffles (non-dairy)

The ancient Mayans drank chocolate for fertility, and the Aztecs were convinced that dark chocolate was a potent aphrodisiac. As no sensual feast is complete without good chocolate to melt in your mouths I offer you my favorite chocolate recipe and some interesting chocolate facts! Article Source: EzineArticles.com/?expert=Patricia_Fason

The testosterone levels of ladies have been shown to increase after eating chocolate. Chocolate also contains Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that           produces feelings of pleasure in a similar way to sunlight, and has been shown to be elevated for the first year of falling in love.
It is said that Madame du Barry, courtesan and mistress of Louis XV, always served her lovers a cup of chocolate before they were let in to her bedroom,and that the great lover and alchemist Casanova, who drank his choccolata at Cafe Florian in Venice, considered chocolate more stimulating than champagne and called it the “elixir of love”.Montezuma supposedly drank a cup of chocolate before entering his harem.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring amino-acid which some consider to have aphrodisiacal effects and is even said to be able to “cure” hangovers. Phenylethylamine is a substance which is released naturally in the human body when you’re in love. Other stimulants present in chocolate are dopamine and serotonin,which alleviate pain and encourage a good mood.  Serotonin produces feelings of pleasure in a similar way to sunlight. Chocolate also contains theobromine, a chemical stimulant frequently confused with caffeine, but has very different effects on the human body. It is a mild, lasting stimulant with a mood improving effect. Its presence is one of the causes for chocolate’s mood-elevating effects.

Cocoa also has the two metabolites of anandamide, both of which help maintain the effect longer in the body. The cocoa bean also was one of the best natural sources of the amino acid arginine, a natural sexual stimulant.   Cocoa’s theobromine content mildly stimulates the central nervous systems and provides additional energy, as well as possibly boosting female libido.

The testosterone levels of ladies have been shown to increase after eating chocolate. Chocolate also contains Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of pleasure in a similar way to sunlight, and has been shown to be elevated for the first year of falling in love.

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Dark Chocolate Truffles

INGREDIENTS

8 oz of [raw] Cacao Powder (use more for rolling)

8 oz of coconut oil

4 oz of coco butter

4 oz of nut butter – almond, cashew, or macadamia nut are my favs

Agave for sweetener use as desired.  I prefer a dark bitter-sweet taste. You could also add your favorite liquor for a wow factor!  Just add more cacao power to make it the right consistency.

Optional: nuts, raisins, cacao nibs or crushed espresso coffee beans, chocolate slivers for rolling in… get creative and have fun!

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Use a double boiler pan to melt the coco butter and coconut oil on a very low heat, until melted.

Remove from heat and add nut butter of choice stirring in until well blended

Slowly add cocao powder until smooth and alternate adding Agave to taste.  Mixture should be thick and rich.

Stir in any optional fruits or nuts

Then chill a few hours in the refrigerator until it is thick enough to shape with your hands into bite size balls.  After shaping roll in cacao powder, nibs, cracked coffee beans as desired.  Store in a closed container in a cool place and enjoy often!

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