Healthy Chocolate Truffle Recipe
- Saturday, February 13th, 2010
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This post has been a little bit of a struggle. Not because of the actual post, but because of the fact that this is this blog’s first real post! For some reason I had the idea stuck in my head that the first post needed to be special somehow.
Even though I had about 50 ideas for posts scratched down on paper somewhere, none of them fulfilled the necessary criteria for becoming the “first post”. So I sat there in front of my computer, my fingers at the ready… but just could not figure out which post deserved this special honor.
And then I had the best idea yet: screw this! I am going to write about Chocolate
Balls Truffles. ☺ I mean, who does not like chocolate?
Chocolate truffles can be great conversation starters
These little beauties are great for entertaining! Not only are they beautiful, tasty and healthy, but they also are a great conversation starter. When I brought them to a party once, I placed them on a little coffee table. After no more than 30 minutes, half of them where gone and a lot of people had somewhat of a guilt ridden look to their face…
I asked them if they enjoyed the truffles, and the answer was: “Oh yes, I just do not want to know how many calories I just ate.” You can probably imagine their surprise when I told them that the main ingredient is prunes and that they do not only have not nearly as many calories or saturated fat as your average truffle, but they have actual health benefits. Needless to say everyone wanted the recipe. So here it is!
Prunes are full of antioxidants; have a very low GL; contain a good amount of fiber, vitamin A, potassium and copper; and have recently gained attention for their connection to bone health. So far, they are the only food that may restore bone loss!
Healthy Chocolate TrufflesMakes 12 truffles
- 1. Slowly add the prunes and dates to a food processor until an indredibly smooth paste forms. If you have a large food processor you might want to double the recipe to make this step easier.
- 2. Add the maple syrup, salt and cocoa powder to the mix and process until well combined.
- 3. With your hands form 12 one-inch balls. Of course, you can make them smaller if you like. If you have trouble with stickiness, try wetting your hands a little.
- 4. Lick your fingers until they sparkle.
- 5. Place them in the refrigerator or freezer for at least a couple of hours for optimal texture. I find that the texture resembles real truffles more when placed in the freezer.
To create different variations you could coat them with crushed nuts like almonds or hazelnuts, cacao powder or even some dried unsweetened coconut flakes! Or try adding ¼ tsp of peppermint or orange flavoring (sugar free).
Of course, they won’t taste exactly like truffles, but pretty close! The flavor of the truffles strongly depends on the cocoa powder used. So use cocoa powder that has the kind of chocolate taste you enjoy. Cocoa can have all kinds of different flavor notes: nutty, fruity even flowery. Try out different kinds and see which one you like best.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Experiment with some flavors and have fun with it!-Christina
PS: I just made a batch of regular ones and another with peppermint. If you have already tried mint and chocolate together, I probably do not have to tell you that it is a match made in heaven! If you haven’t… what are you waiting for? ☺
If you love the peppermint-chocolate combo, but feel like regular peppermint chocolate has too much sugar (not high enough cocoa percentage). Eat your regular dark chocolate while you drink peppermint tea. Place a piece of chocolate in your mouth, add tea and let the flavors melt and mingle in your mouth.
The peppermint balls taste almost exactly like girl scout thin mints. And I love thin mints. Replacing foods I loved and don’t eat anymore with healthy foods that are at least as good is pretty awesome.
per truffleCalories: 35, Fat: 0.4g, GL: 4, %DV: Potassium 2%, Copper 10%, Vitamin K 5%