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Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Hey guys! How are ya? Hope you’ve had a lovely day.

Thank you for all of the tips and advice (and horror stories haha) about flying a pet as cargo. I forgot to mention a couple of critical details when I told ya’ll the situation- sorry about that! Viesa is taking a one-way trip to Tucson. That’s why she’s coming with me, otherwise I’d just kennel her or ask my auntie to watch her. I haven’t written about it much on the blog, but the dog situation has been a little rough in Orlando. You guys know that Viesa attacked Bella a year ago and injured her. Well, since then we’ve been casually looking for another family to adopt Vies. We love her like crazy, and it sucks, and I’m getting teary writing this, but she needs to be with a family where she’s the only pet. She attacked my aunt’s dog a few weeks ago –I jumped in and he got scratched up, but not seriously hurt- and since then she’s been staying in the kitchen, away from the other dogs. When I take the dogs out, I take Vies, and then the little dogs. It’s been a lot of work, and very stressful to keep everyone separated.

A great family friend and her fiance have been wanting a Shiba Inu for a while, and we know they’ll be a perfect home for her. We wanted her to go to someone we know, so we’d still get to see her. So that’s why she’s coming with me to Tucson…

I’m going to look into buying her a seat on the plane next to me– if they let me do it, I know she’ll curl up and sleep the whole time. She’s a good girl.

Anyways……..

Let’s talk about chocolate.

chocolate

Better yet, chocolate coconut balls 🙂

As you guys know, I ate a lot of legendary desserts in San Francisco this past weekend.

dessert

Out of the sweets euphoria, one of the most notable was the almond joy truffle I enjoyed at Cafe Gratitude.

truffle

I was so excited to create a version at home. This one is sans almonds, so it’s more like a Mounds truffle 🙂

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

1. In a bowl, add one bag of unsweetened coconut (2 1/2 C), 1/2 C pure maple syrup (or 1/3 C agave), a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/3-1/2 C coconut oil, 1/8 t sea salt

coocnut

2. Mix well.

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3. Using a melon ball scooper (or a tablespoon) and your hands, roll mixture into several balls of uniform size.

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4. Wash your hands. Or just one, so you can photograph the other 😉

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5. Let the balls chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, pack up your dinner to take to work:

dinner

A salmon salad, with arugula, spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese, garlic gold, grilled salmon, lemon and olive oil

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+ steamed brussels sprouts with organic butter and sea salt

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Take the dogs for a little walk 🙂

6. Next, make the ganache. In a double boiler (or a pot that’s cooking the millet you’re going to eat for lunch, topped with a glass bowl), add a bar of superdark chocolate + 1/4 C almond milk

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In order for the recipe to come out accurately, a piece of chocolate is recommended;)

Stir frequently, and dip each ball into the warmed chocolate to coat.

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At first, I started to coat these so they were smooth and pretty, but kind of liked them messy better. Fun garnish choices are cacao nibs (which I used), extra coconut or ground almond.

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Quality control 😉

 

I hope you like the recipe! Let me know if ya try it.

I’m back to work but I hope you have a great night! <3

See ya tomorrow with the final week of Bridal Bootcamp. How have the workouts been going??

xoxo,

Gina

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79 Comments

  1. Kristina @ spabettie on November 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Gina I’m sorry… for commenting earlier with Bella’s name instead of Viesa, and for Viesa leaving… 🙁 having a great family for her to go to will help… I know, I had to do the exact same thing with a beloved animal.

    XXO <3

  2. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this 🙁 I know how much you love Viesa and it’s always so hard to let go of a pet, but I’m really glad you found her a home where you’ll be able to see her. Big hugs!

    On a happier note…those truffles. Drool. I didn’t try any at Cafe Gratitude, but knowing your culinary expertise I’m sure these are every bit as good!!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    OMG those truffles look out of this world!
    And I’m sorry about Viesa. 🙁

  4. Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun on November 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    This past Halloween I became addicted to Almond Joys! Now I HAVE to try these truffles! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on November 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Aw, I’m so sorry about the Viesa situation! On the bright side, it’s so great to know that she’ll be in a good home with friends whom you can keep in contact with. 🙂

    I am most definitely going to try those truffles! They look sooo delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Barbara on November 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    awwh gina, i kinda welled as i read about viesa. on the bright side at least you’re comfortable with her soon to be new home. go viesa, may you have a wonderful time in tucson.

    on another note, your nail polish still looks freshly done. i always wimp out and go clear because i don’t like the site of chipped polish. any secrets you care to share? 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      thank you <3
      i actually got a manicure when i was with kath one day this past weekend. i NEVER get manicures but may have to do it more often- my nails still look and feel wonderful

  7. Katie on November 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I’m sorry about Viesa. My brother and his wife just had to give up their Alaskan Malamute of one year because he had such bad separation anxiety and they were threatened with fines from animal control if one more complaint was made against the dog. Thankfully one of my SIL’s friends took him in so my brother and his wife can still see him. 🙂 That’s the best way to do it in my opinion! It’s like you’re just giving your friends the dog to “dog sit”. 🙂

  8. Sabrina on November 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Viesa! That must be so hard for you.

    This recipe looks scrumptious. What could I use instead of coconut oil, and how long do you think I could freeze these for? I’m thinking I could make a version with almonds for our marathon after party!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      hmm you’d need an oil that would harden at rest- maybe 1/4 c butter??

  9. Sarah on November 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I’m so sorry about Viesa – My husband and I had a corgi/basenji mix that we adopted when he was a puppy and ended up having to give him up for adoption when he was 3. He had taken a major turn behavioraly and had way too many issues (major anxiety, nervousness, etc) than we could handle with both of us working more than full time – we tried everything we/the vet could think of an in the end he just needed more time/etc than we had. It was heartbreaking, but we both felt better knowing he’d be going somewhere that he could have a chance at being happy 🙁 I’ll be thinking about you and the Pilot bc I know just how heartbreaking that decision is.

    As a totally unrelated sidenote, I love your nail polish – what color/brand is it?

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      thank you <3
      chanel 505

  10. Mali on November 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Sorry to hear about Viesa! I know how hard this must be for you guys =( But it sounds like your making the right decision for everyone, especially for Vie!
    The truffles look amazing by the way!

  11. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on November 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I really hope you get the flights figured out — how sad to not always have her around. I’m glad you know a nice family to take her in though.

    I’m not a coconut fan (the horror!!!) but these look really good — maybe it is the chocolate on top 🙂

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    What a great (and easy!) recipe…no mixer, vitamix, dehydrator, or anything complicated required…I love it! And of course, they look decadent and awesome! 🙂 Anything rolled in dark chocolate is always A+ for me!

    Anyway onto the doggie situation….I am so sorry you are dealing with this. It must be super hard…but you’re doing the right thing. Imagine once there’s a baby involved one day in your household…you are doing the right thing, no matter how hard it feels right now, I’m sure. I have been thru a parallel experience and in the long run, it was the right thing but in the moment…it’s beyond hard.

    ((HUGS))

    🙂

  13. Cara Craves... on November 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I could really go for one of those coconut balls!
    I would love to try the recipe. Can you think of
    any substitution for the coconut oil? It does not
    exist in my neck of the woods.

  14. stepf @dailyspark on November 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    oh, Gina, I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. Sending hugs, friend.

  15. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you, thank you for these!! I’m not sure I’ve ever had a truffle, but these sound incredible and so easy to make.

  16. LisaG on November 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    So sorry about Vies. You’re doing the right thing since you’ve tried everything. I’ll take that salmon with a dark chocolate truffle for dessert!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      i’m coming to valdizzy on thursday!!! can i see you? 🙂

  17. Liz @ blog is the new black on November 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    These look annnnnnd sound fantastic!

  18. Lorena on November 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    that salmon salad looks amazing!!!

  19. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on November 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Viesa… You and the pilot are so sweet to love her enough to send her to a place where she can be the only pet. <3 Also, I wanted to share with you that I went to lululemon for the first time this weekend (we just got one in Nashville!) and I got the most amazing yoga mat. I've been using a cheap Target one for a while – nothing wrong with Target, this mat just kinda sucked – and my lulu mat is so comfy and squishy and ahhh fantastic… I love!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      that’s awesome! i upgraded from my target mat as well and it’s made a huge difference 🙂

  20. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on November 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Viesa… You and the pilot are so sweet to love her enough to send her to a place where she can be the only pet. <3 Also, I wanted to share with you that I went to lululemon for the first time this weekend (we just got one in Nashville!) and I got the most amazing yoga mat. I've been using a cheap Target one for a while – nothing wrong with Target, this mat just kinda sucked – and my lulu mat is so comfy and squishy and ahhh fantastic… I love!

  21. Christin L. on November 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry about the Viesa thing! So cool that you found her a good place to go, and especially a place where you can see her again! Being a doggie owner can be so tough sometimes! 🙁

    However, THOSE TRUFFLES. Man. To die for!

  22. Mandy on November 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Oh hunny that stinks about viessa. It’s good of you to find her a new home if she can’t live peacefully at your place. Believe it or not i went through the same thing last January. I still feel bad that I couldn’t keep her but know she’s better off. Big hugs 🙂

  23. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on November 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I’m so sorry about the situation with Viesa. I’m sure it’s heart breaking but it sounds like you are doing the right thing. At least you get to visit her!! 🙂

  24. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on November 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Viesa, but it sounds like she is going to a great family and it will be a good situation for all parties.

  25. Paije on November 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Awwww so sorry to hear about Viesa! I totally teared up reading about it so I can’t even imagine how hard it must be on you and the pilot 🙁 On the bright side though you’ll still be able to see her!

    Those coconut balls look amaazing! I love coconut! And chocolate 🙂

  26. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I’m so sorry about Viesa, but I’m glad she’ll be with people you know. It seems like you know what’s best for the situation.

    Those truffles look ORGASMIC.

  27. heidi @ runaroundaroo on November 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Oh, yum! I’ve made truffles similar to this, but with oreos or red velvet cake in the center! I’ll have to try these out!

    Definitely gold starred in my Google Reader! 🙂

  28. hippierunner on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I’m sorry about Viesa! I’m sure everyone will turn out happy.

  29. Kailey (SnackFace) on November 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Awww I am so sorry about Viesa! I would have adopted her if it weren’t for the fact we already have two dogs with big, furry egos.

    In other news, nice balls! Those look soooo good.

    I also wish I could pull off greige nail polish. It just makes me look even paler!

    Have a lovely evening, friend! xo

  30. Casey Thomas on November 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    So sorry about Viesa Gina…it’s so tough doing what you’re doing :(.

    The balls looks wonderful! I made something extremely similar yesterday but with carob- so freaking good!!

  31. jami on November 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    that’s such a tough decision to make, but it sounds like you are doing the best thing for viesa. i had to find a new home for a pet before. it was hard, but i really felt like it was the right thing to do. i wasn’t able to give her the home she deserved anymore, and i was lucky enough to find someone who could. good luck on figuring out the best way to get her there.

  32. Amanda/RunningOnCoffee on November 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Sorry to hear about your pup… that has to be such a hard thing to do, but it sounds like you are doing the right thing!

    Those truffles look delicious…I’ll have to add them to my to-do list. FYI – I’m trying to subscribe to your posts but I get a bunch of html script when I click on the button on the upper right side of your page.

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      ahhhh! that was supposed to be fixed :/ sorry about that

      • Amanda/RunningOnCoffee on November 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm

        It worked now, thank you! 🙂 And looking forward to following your blog!

  33. Jen on November 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    That color on your nails is amazing.

  34. Allison @ Food For Healing on November 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    super tough decision to make im sure, but the best decision to have her with people you know and that you can still see her little mug! stay strong, she’ll only be a hop and a skip away

  35. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on November 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Awwww, I’m sorry G 🙁 I hope the transition is easy for all of you <3

  36. Liz on November 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Viesa – but good for you for realizing what’s best for her and for you. It’s so great that you were able to find someone that you know to take her. You are the best kind of pet owner – responsible and loving.

    These truffles look amazing…I might have to take myself on a date to Cafe Gratitude down the street to try the originals as well!!

  37. kate on November 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

    How could we not like a recipe that involves chocolate? Im glad Viesa is going to another loving home!

  38. Sheena on November 10, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I am so glad to hear that you were able to find a nice family for Viesa and admire your ability to make such a decision since I can only imagine that it wasn’t an easy one. I’m sure she will lurve the year round AZ sunshine too 🙂

    P.S. As mentioned by 29494930 others, once again, your nail polish is HAWT!

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

      haha she does love the az sunshine 🙂
      thank you!

  39. Mama Pea on November 10, 2010 at 12:59 am

    YUM! I’m so sorry about Viesa. If I didn’t have so much on my plate already, we’d offer to take her. Lulu is obsessed with dogs.

    I’ve been talking about you to everyone who will listen all week. I’ve gotten a few emails asking me for the low down on everyone I met, and I was so overjoyed to tell them how sweet and wonderful you are in person. Glad to call you my friend!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

      are you sure? because i promise that she would eat pea kitty. hahah
      thank you friend <3 it was seriously so amazing to finally meet you! just wish we could hang out more! come to orlando, mmm k?

  40. Little Bookworm on November 10, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Those truffles look amazing! Sorry about Viesa! 🙁

  41. Lauren on November 10, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Amazing! They look amazing!

  42. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on November 10, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Awww I’m so sad to hear that Viesa will be leaving The Fitnessista household! But I’m happy to hear she’ll have a new home with no other doggies around.

  43. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 10, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Aww Gina I’m so sorry about having to give up Viesa. It must be so hard to have to give up a pet. 🙁 At least on the bright side you’ll still be able to see her!

  44. jenna on November 10, 2010 at 8:26 am

    gina, i’m so sorry to hear about viesa! 🙁 she is so beautiful and I know you’ll miss her like crazy! but it really does sound like it’s for the best for you and viesa as well! I hope she is going to a great home.

    these truffles look so amazing!! thanks for a wonderful recipe.

    take care!

  45. Mo on November 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I truly feel for you . . . but the silver lining is she will be going to someone who will care for and love her as much as you. I had to part ways with my 3 year old Great Pyranees because she tried to bite one of my husband’s pals (I don’t care for him much so I would have tried to bite him too!). There were other issues too, but I cried all the way home – 2 hours. I could barely see where I was on the road and I looked like hell when I got home. Chin up, you’re doing a very self-less and loving thing by finding your baby a new home. Take care.

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

      thank you mo <3

  46. allison @ thesundayflog on November 10, 2010 at 8:58 am

    so sad about vies but at least youll get to see her and know she is with a family who will love her just as much as you. also, i WILL be making those mounds balls omggggggggg

  47. Michelle on November 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Viesa! But you are doing the right thing by everyone, it seems. 🙂

    And thanks for those amazing looking truffles!!!

  48. Emily c. on November 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Are coconut butter and coconut oil the same thing? Can they be used interchangeably?

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 10:42 am

      no they’re different- coconut butter contains the meat of the coconut, as well as the oil. often they can be used interchangeably if you don’t have one or the other though 🙂

  49. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather on November 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I’m sorry to hear about viesa. At least you’ll still get to see her and she’s going to a good home (silver lining?).

    Your truffles look amazing!

  50. Kayla on November 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Ohmygoodness! I’m totally tearing up with you over Vieserton. I know how hard it would be for me to let go of a pet (even for a good reason, such as this), so I know how hard it is for you to even think about it… Hang in there, friend.

    I was curious, though… Can you substitute vegetable oil for the coconut oil in the truffle recipe? I don’t buy coconut oil because it’s expensive around here, but I often have veg oil or olive oil on hand in my house. Any advice would be appreciated. 🙂

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