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When is an Oat More Than an Oat? When it’s an Organic Chocolate Truffle

Organic Chocolate Truffle Recipe with Oats

When is an oat more than an oat? When it’s an oat that’s been transformed into a scrummy organic chocolate truffle of course! Oats are not only healthy but are highly versatile and can be used for all sorts of purposes besides porridge. I’m a big fan of the humble oat, so I was delighted when White’s invited me to the Cotswolds to gen up on this sometimes underrated grain and tour the fields with a bunch of experts. 

White’s Oats

White’s have serious vintage and they know their oats. They’ve been milling them in Tandragee, Co, Armagh, Northern Ireland for over 175 years. In fact they’ve got the process down to a fine art and their oats have won many Great Taste awards for their distinctive nutty creaminess. They are Ireland’s largest oat miller and the only oat cereal producer in Northern Ireland. From porridge oats to granola, you’ll find a whole variety of oaty products to choose from, including organic ones. Their jumbo organic oats are available via Waitrose and pretty much anywhere in Northern Ireland.

White's Oat Cereals

Image courtesy of Organic Arable and White’s Oats

There’s not been a great deal of research done on oats in recent years. White’ s, however, has stepped in to the breach and is on a quest to produce the perfect grain, one which is easy to grow and mill, nutritionally dense and tasty. They work with a group of 30 (and growing) British organic oat growers trialing varieties and cultivation techniques. I was invited up to this year’s trial site at Abbey Home Farm in the Cotswolds to find out about the fabulous grain that provides us with our morning porridge, overnight oats and so much more.

James Mathers, White's General Manager

Image courtesy of Organic Arable and White’s Oats

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Breakfast

Abbey Home Farm is a large mixed farm and is Soil Association certified. It has a fabulous organic café which serves mostly vegetarian food, much of which comes from the farm. Lunch was provided for us after our trip around the fields and it was delicious. We started the day, however, with introductions and a very oaty breakfast supplied by the team from White’s. We sat down to a beautifully decorated breakfast table alongside such dignitaries as: White’s General Manager, James Mathers; Andrew Trump from Organic Arable and the Farm Manager at Abbey Home Farm, John Newman. I was delighted to find that fellow blogger Gemma from Celery and Cupcakes was amongst the gathering.

Organic Chocolate Truffle for Breakfast?

We tucked into Whites’ granola with the farm’s own organic strawberries and yoghurt, which was an utter delight. This was followed by delicious fluffy pancakes served with maple syrup. The pancakes were made with oats of course. We rounded the meal off with an oaty organic chocolate truffle – or two. What a treat! Whilst we enjoyed the breakfast fare laid out before us, we found there was much to chat about. Questions and answers positively flew around the table and the passion that White’s and their partners have for all things oaty was very much in evidence.

White's Breakfast Granola

Image courtesy of Organic Arable and White’s Oats

Growing Oats

Oats (Avena saliva) grow well in the British climate, both as spring and winter crops. They are an excellent and versatile crop for an organic system and as we toured the fields, John waxed lyrical about them. They grow tall so they shade out most of the weeds, they are less susceptible to disease than other grains and the stalks make a nutritious animal feed. Oats are also beautiful to look at. But goodness me, there is an awful lot more work that goes into oat production than I’d ever realised. Sowing, harvesting and milling is just a small part of it. Building up and maintaining the soil, checking for disease and shipping are just a few more of the processes involved. However, summer is drawing on and the elegant dancing golden oat heads will soon be harvested. Bring it on.

White's Oats & Abbey Farm Manager John Newman

Creating the Perfect Oat

Earlier in the year, eight varieties of oats were sown, each with different seed rates and different depths. There are 64 trial plots in total. The idea is to see which varieties perform best and at which seed rate and depth of planting. When we arrived at the trial site, a group of growers led by White’s agronomist, Raymond Hilman, were evaluating progress.

White's Agronomist, Raymond Hilman  

Oat husks contain three kernels. The problem is that two of the grains grow big and plump, but one remains small. White’s has a high quality control in place and is looking for well developed grains that are easier to mill and produce a better tasting product. This means the smaller grains have to be removed from the process, preferably before they are shipped off to White’s. This makes more work for both the growers and White’s as well as increasing costs. One of White’s aims is to produce a husk which either contains three plump grains or two even larger ones.

White's Oat Trials Day at Abbey Farm

Image courtesy of Organic Arable and White’s Oats

Superfood – Promote the Oat

In today’s superfood charged world, it’s great to know that the British oat is up there with the best of them. It’s a wholegrain and as such contains four times the amount of dietary fibre found in refined grains. This helps to maintain good gut health. Oat groats are also an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which is why they are such a great way to start the day. They have the additional benefits of being low in saturated fat and helping to lower cholesterol. Organic oats have always been a staple in my kitchen.

White's Organic Oats

Organic Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Energy balls, or bliss balls as I like to call them, are one of my go to treats. They’re easy to make, tasty and so much better for us than a chocolate bar, biscuit or slice of cake – unless the latter are some of my creations of course. They often include oats. This organic chocolate truffle recipe from White’s is super simple to make, not overly sweet  and only contains four ingredients: oats, dates, cocoa and salt. I may have added a little cinnamon to mine – I just couldn’t resist.

Organic Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Organic Chocolate Truffle Recipe
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Organic Chocolate Oat Truffles
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Healthy chocolate oat truffles which are just as good to eat for breakfast as they are after a meal. They also make for a great energy boosting snack.
Course: Snack
Serves: 16 truffles
Author: White's
Ingredients
  • 100 g organic oats
  • 125 g soft dates I used Deglet Nour dates
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder I used raw cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt I used Himalayan pink rock salt
Instructions
  1. Blend the oats in a food processor or blender until they've become almost flour (I used my Optimum G2.3 Induction blender).
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture comes together.
  3. Take heaped teaspoonfuls and roll into balls.

  4. Eat straight away or place in a sealed container and keep in a cool spot for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

If the mixture is too dry, add a little water.

Roll the balls in desiccated coconut for extra pizzaz.

 

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    21st July 2017

    I LOVE oats! I can snack on plain toasted oats all day long…I think they are already very delicious without anything else. These truffles look very healthy and delicious, Choclette.

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      Choclette
      21st July 2017

      It’s true Angie, oats have a lovely flavour, though I’ve not tried snacking on plain toasted oats before.

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    Monika Dabrowski
    22nd July 2017

    This is a fantastic post with lots of interesting and useful information plus a recipe that’s healthy, simple and delicious! Thank you for bringing it to #CookBlogShare:)

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    Jagruti
    22nd July 2017

    We love oats, the great thing about oats is that you can conjure up so many delicious recipes with oats. These truffles look so delicious!

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Thanks Jagruti. It’s true oats are very versatile and truly delicious.

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    Karen Burns-Booth
    22nd July 2017

    I am a HUGE oat lover and add it to all my cooking and baking as much as possible! I love the look of these truffles and also love the fact that they contain oats too! Karen

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Yes, I’d be completely lost without oats in my life. The flavour of the oats in these truffles really shines through and they are so easy to whip up too.

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    22nd July 2017

    It certainly sounds as though you had a great visit – really informative. I absolutely love oats too and I too use them everyday usually in a porridge. Love the idea of including them in a truffle though Choclette. Thank you too for including my cranberry & oat cookies 🙂
    Angela x

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Yes oats are very much at the heart of my kitchen. Porridge maybe humble, but it sure is good. The truffles are super quick to make and healthy enough to eat for breakfast 🙂

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Thanks Jovita. I’d find it very hard to live without oats. I go through quite a lot of them 🙂

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    Ellen
    22nd July 2017

    Sounds like a wonderful experience and such a treat! Your truffles look amazing. They’d make a great holiday hostess gift!

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Thanks Ellen. It was a wonderful day with lots of good food and interesting information.

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    Julia
    22nd July 2017

    What a great and tasty treat! Love the pics from your trip to Abbey Home Farm!

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Yes, interesting and tasty. And oats are one of my favourite foods, so it was an all round good day.

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    Galina V
    22nd July 2017

    So, you were very near us. How did I miss that you were travelling in our direction, I would have invited you for lunch/dinner/tea. These healthy truffles sound lovely.

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2017

      Oh, are you close to Abbey Home Farm? It would have been lovely to see you.

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    kellie@foodtoglow
    23rd July 2017

    Such an interesting post! It is fantastic to read about the care, research and passion that goes into this British grown staple food. I will appreciate my porridge a bit more now! As for your bliss balls I make a similar little healthy treat for my nutrition and cancer classes and it always goes down so well. As I’m sure yours do 🙂

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2017

      Yes, I really enjoyed finding out about our humble oat and seeing the dedication that goes into producing it. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Bliss balls sound like a lovely treat to take to your classes. No wonder they are appreciated.

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    Jemma
    24th July 2017

    Love your account of the day Choclette. I also really enjoy making energy balls like this for a quick snack. Oat make them really filling, yum!

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      Choclette
      24th July 2017

      It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and good to see you there too. As for energy balls, I find they make a great substitute for sugary snacks, which is all to the good.

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    Janice
    24th July 2017

    What a brilliant visit, it looks so fun, but then I am a farmer! Your oaty bites look amazing and would be a real treat for breakfast or a snack.

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      Choclette
      24th July 2017

      Haha, yes you would have liked it Janice. I think most people interested in their food would have enjoyed the visit, but the fabulous weather certainly helped.

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    Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
    24th July 2017

    Funnily enough, I never eat oats but give some as porridge to my kids. These energy balls look like a fab healthy snack, a great alternative to all the sweet junk out there.

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      Choclette
      24th July 2017

      You don’t like oats Michelle? Try these energy balls on your kids and see what they think.

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      Choclette
      24th July 2017

      These are the simplest energy bites I’ve ever made, but so good. We had a fab day out – really interesting.

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    Kate
    24th July 2017

    YUM! These look amazing and easy to make! I am going to pin to try them later. 🙂

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      Choclette
      26th July 2017

      I often use oats to make energy balls, but usually in smaller quantities along with nuts. This no-nut recipe works surprisingly well.

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    Vanesther
    26th July 2017

    And I’d say you know your oats too! These look absolutely delicious Choclette, I think I may be trying these out with my kids this summer…

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      Choclette
      26th July 2017

      Aw, thanks Vanesther. I can honestly say I know more about oats now than I did before the farm visit. Nice to hear from you. Hope the kids like them, they’re not particularly sweet, but you could always add a bit of maple syrup if they don’t pass muster.

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      Choclette
      26th July 2017

      Yes of course they do Rebecca. White’s oats aren’t certified, but there are quite a few here in the UK that are. And at least you can generally trust British certifying bodies.

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    Catering Zoetermeer
    1st August 2017

    The look amazing! Thank you for sharing This great recipe.

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