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Chocolate Chestnut Power Balls

If you've had the chance to dive into my article on chestnuts in "Superfoods for Sailors," here you're likely eager to find a simple yet delectable method to weave these super nuts into your onboard menu. Look no further than this effortless recipe, for Chocolate Chestnut Power Balls. These delicious nutrient-rich delights offer a wonderful blend of healthful goodness and satisfying sweetness, all in one delightful bite.


- 1 cup cooked and peeled chestnuts

- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

- 1/4 cup maple syrup, Agave or Honey

- 1/4 cup coconut cream

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- A pinch of salt

- A selection of ground nuts and seeds (optional)

- Finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or additional cocoa powder for coating



1. In a food processor, blend the chestnuts until smooth.

2. Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for about 1 hour to firm up.

4. Once firm, use a teaspoon to scoop out small portions and roll them into balls.

5. Roll the truffles in finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or additional cocoa powder to coat.

6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


These chocolate chestnut truffles are rich, creamy, and perfect for a sweet treat or energy top-up.

Small Vegan Kitchen Savvy Tip:

Add ground nuts or seeds to these truffles for an extra-nutrient-dense energy bite.  Adjust the liquid accordingly to keep a smooth pliable texture for rolling into balls.

Looking for a savoury recipe? Why not try our Chestnut and Mushroom Risotto here.

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