I named those truffles No-Bake Red Velvet Cookie balls simply because I inspired their style from the favourite red velvet cake. I always have been fascinating by the contrast of colour of a red velvet cake. I actually discovered the red velvet cake only 5 years ago when I moved to New Zealand. It is not a French cake at all and I never heard of this cake in France. Anyway I love the red velvet cake style and I really think it looks like a Christmas cake.
It is a tradition in my family to offer homemade cookies or candies during the month of December. In my region, in East of France we actually bake a different sort of cookie every single day of December until Christmas day. All cookies are stored in metallic jars and on 24 th December – time of the Christmas celebration – we offer those variety of homemade cookies to all our friends, family and neighbours. As many people respect this tradition it finally end up in an exchange of cookies, everyone offering a bag of cookies to each others. But it such a great time of kindness and love. I am really missing this right now.
Anyway, since I arrived in New Zealand I did not respect the full tradition. Firstly, because we celebrate Christmas in Summer here and I am not really into cookies at summer time. Then, I realised that Kiwis was more often offering truffles for Christmas. So this year I decided that I will makes lots of different ‘cookies like truffles’ to offer to my friends. I choose to makes lots of simple raw truffles with no refined sugar, no dairy and full of wholesome and natural ingredients. Not a big surprise, very similar to what I am always sharing on this blog for almost 3 years now. To me those red velvet truffles are healthy. Again, it is my definition of healthy treat: a natural home made sweet goodness made with nourishing ingredients instead of refined product. So yes it is still a ‘treat’ you do not feed up your body with treat whatever it is made healthier or not you should only eat those by parsimony. But my treats will give you protein, fibre and nutrient that a store bought truffles will not contains.
I really wanted to clarify my vision of healthy food again on this post because I received so much email about people who do not agree with me when I use the term ‘healthy’. Just to give you an example, someone told me that using banana in recipes was not healthy because it is full of sugar and calories or that coconut oil contains too much saturated fat and more. Well, I do not disagree with those statement I am just saying that when you want to enjoy a sweet treat it is way healthier to swap refined sugar by banana – at least you enjoy some sweet flavour while adding fulfilling fibre to your diet and nutrient. Same for coconut oil, it does contains as much saturated fat as butter but if you have the desire to give up on dairy that is your best option – without saying that eating plant based butter are also good for the planet 🙂 Well, only my thought.
So yes I do believe those red velvet truffles are a little bit healthier as nuts, coconut flour and coconut makes you feel full very quickly and you will not overeat those truffles. But again, I am not a health professional only a mum who love sharing my experience in the kitchen on a blog. So look at the ingredients and make up your mind based on your health background and personnal diet objective you may love or hate this recipe but it is up to you to decide ! The only think I can tell is me and my friends loved those truffles. It is moist, sweet and fulfilling.
Recipe inspired and adapted from petite kitchen lemon coconut truffles