Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chocolate Coconut Manna Truffles

It is funny how news can be exciting and sad all at the same time. 

My bestie, with whom I have coffee with every Saturday when I'm in town, and is the voice of reason I listen to, even if Dave says the same thing and I don't listen to him, is moving.  They both (she and her husband) have retired from education and their children , grandchildren and other family all live in the Lower 48.  They decided last spring to get their house on the market and move as soon as it sells.

Well, it sold and they are moving.

Now, on one hand, I'm so excited for them to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They will be closer to siblings and her mom.  They will be able to drive anywhere in a reasonable amount of time, and they can get airline tickets for $49 and fly across the country. This is an exciting time.

And on the other hand, I'll lose my Saturday morning coffee partner.  My voice of reason, my very kind beautiful friend.

And, at the same time, my niece and nephew have decided they are done with Alaska winters.  They are moving back east where my niece took a new job with her company and they are driving out right after Labor Day!  These are one of our most faithful camping partners, Sunday Family dinner attendees, fun game night couples, and friends.  They are also leaving.  It will be just Dave and me in Fairbanks all winter long (I'm not counting the hippy boy, yes he lives here, but he is busy with his own life and doesn't want to come over and hang out as much). 

So, I'm feeling a little sorry for myself. Don't get me wrong, I am really happy for my friend and my niece and nephew as they go on their next big adventure in their life, but it is all about me, you know, and I'm feeling sorry for myself getting left behind. And what do I do when I'm feeling sorry for myself?  I make snacks.
I made these coconut truffles.  They were so delicious I made another batch and took them to work to share.  These will be on a constant rotation in my "I'm feeling sorry for myself" treat rotation this fall.

Chocolate Coconut Manna Truffles
adapted from Nutivia website

1/4 cup coconut manna, softened
1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup confectioner's Swerve
1/8 tsp. fine sea salt
1/4 cut chopped pecans

Optional for finishing truffles
cocoa powder
chopped pecans
chopped unsweetened coconut flakes

Line large sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper, set aside.

Stir coconut manna to incoorportate any oil that rose to the top, melt slightly to soften if needed.

In a medium bowl mix coconut manna, coconut oil, cocoa powder, Swerve, salt and pecans.  Mix well.  With teaspoon or small scooper, make balls, roll with damp hands to form.  Roll in chopped nuts, cocoa powder or coconut flakes.  Refrigerate until firm. 
Makes 20 truffles

per truffle (with chopped pecans for rolling)
85 cal. 8 g. fat, 3 g. carbs, 2 g. fiber, 1 net carb, 1 g. protein

1 year ago:   Layered Panna Cotta and Dave's New Puppy
3 years ago: Chicken with Mushrooms and Almonds and Pranking the Hippy Boy
5 years ago: Cobb Salad and Putting Up Wood

August 23, 2018   Sunrise 6:03 am  Sunset 9:40 pm   Temp. H 64/ L 46°F

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