In a pan over a low heat, warm the coconut milk until it starts to bubble.
Reduce the heat a little and add in the vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, erythritol, nut butter and stevia, then stir to combine.
Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate, square by square until it has all melted. You will need to keep stirring to ensure it doesn’t burn.
If you want orange flavored balls you can add the orange essence into the mixture here. If you would like to have half plain and half orange you will need to add it later.
(Alternatively if you want a variety of flavours, you can split the mixture into bowls and add the extract in to each bowl then give it a good stir.)
When the mixture has completely combined and there are no lumps, pour into a bowl or jug and allow to cool. Once cooled place in the fridge for a few hours to thicken up. (Approx 3 1/2 hours)
When ready it should be firm like butter – the best test is to prod it with your finger, it should easily squish but not stick to your finger.
Place the cacao powder onto a plate and place an empty plate near by.
If you would like to make half of the batch orange flavoured, you will need to make a line down the center of the mixture splitting it into two. Make the plain balls using the one half of the mixture. When that runs out and you are left with the other half of the mixture, add in the orange extract and give it a good stir. It will be thick and difficult to stir but will loosen up. If it becomes too sticky you can add in a sprinkle of cacao powder.
Use a metal spoon (or a melon ball scoop) scoop out the chocolate mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Drop the ball into the cacao powder, shake off excess powder then place on to the plate.
Once you have made all your chocolate truffles, place the plate into the fridge and allow to cool again (chilling will help them firm up again).
If you are able to stop yourself from gorging on these little beauts, they will last 3-4 days in the fridge. They can be easily frozen too – just fetch out and place in the fridge a few hours before eating.
If you want to give them to a friend as a gift (e.g. for Christmas) check out the link below for recycling glass jars (which are perfect for storing these in!).
Click here to go to my blog post ‘Memory Jars’. It will tell you how to decorate and up cycle a glass jar, which would be perfect for giving as a gift with some chocolate truffles in.