All of us enjoy chocolate treats from time to time, but as I feel guilty about eating store bought chocolate I have decided to make some that I can feel good about eating!
This idea was inspired by a good friend who sent me some chocolate truffles, that were ohh so delicious, and healthy too!
I researched a few recipes and have tweaked one to my liking.
1 c dates
1 c unsweetend coconut
1/2 c unsweetened cacao powder or cocoa powder.
2 T unsweetened peanut butter-optional
Other delicious options to add: a few dried raspberries; 1 T ground roasted almond or other roasted nut or seed; 1 T maca powder; 1 T jam, unpasteurized honey or coconut butter if more moisture is needed to form balls that stay together.
For a sweeter and richer tasting truffle, add 1/2 c ground semi sweet chocolate chips as I did one day when I had run out of cacao powder. (I ground the chips in my blender).
The truffles turned out pretty good, though a little rich for my taste.
A nice middle option is to use 1/2 c cocao and 1/4c semi sweet chocolate chips.
Blend everything together in a blender or food processor, then form into 1″ balls and chill prior to eating.
When using a blender you may need to blend the batter a little more in a bowl with a spoon just prior to forming the balls.
The batter may seem a little dry, though will form into balls once pressed into your palm. If the balls don’t stay together, add a little more peanut butter, a tsp of your favourite jam or coconut butter!
Rolling balls into some cocoa powder, ground nuts or shredded coconut is also nice.
Place formed truffle balls on parchment paper on a cookie tray and freeze.
I like to keep my truffles in the freezer; taking a couple out for a few minutes to partly thaw before eating.
If you are making them for a party, I would recommend chilling them in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
Cacoa health benefits, includes reduced inflammation, improved cholesterol level, helps reduce high blood pressure, helps to increase blood flow, which results in increased mental performance and helps decrease depression.
Dates are high in antioxidants and rich in nutrients and are especially high in vitamin A, iron, calcium and are a great natural sweetener.
Coconut is also nutritious being high in vitamins and natural antioxidants.