Happy “OMG I can’t believe it’s December” guys! I thought I’d kick the month off with something we’ll be seeing a lot of this season, a little sweet treat. But have no fear, my ‘Feel-Good Chocolate Truffles’ are not the devilish little suckers they might appear to be.
Oh no… you won’t find any butter, cream, or corn syrup in this recipe.
All you will find are some feel-good ingredients like prunes, dates, and a little almond butter. Don’t ask me how, but some how or other the combination of some dried fruits along with a little agave nectar and a bit of cacao and cocoa powder really do taste like a rich chocolate truffle. Trust me guys, some times it’s better not to ask the hows or whys, if it works it works. Period.
Since this does tend to be the the season of sugar I posted a list of “Natural Alternatives to White Sugar” over in Food For Thought. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas on ways to avoid getting sucked into the roller-coaster-of-the-sugar-blues during this holiday season.
On another note, I actually heard back from “The Food Network” (thanks again to everyone for watching my video and leaving a comment). I got an email saying that I made it to the next round:). They asked me to submit a resume, a couple more pictures, and thirty recipes, so that’s what I did. Now I have no idea how many people make it to this round or how close I am to actually being chosen, but either way it’s still the next round, right? You gotta be in it to win it, and so far, I’m still in it! If I hear anymore news I’ll be sure to fill you in. If you don’t hear anything from me, you can assume I haven’t heard anything from them.
In the meantime, I hope your holiday season is off to a great start. I can’t wait to share some more recipes with you guys.
Feel-Good Chocolate Truffles
Yield: Makes 12 truffles
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes chilling time
Total Time: 1 hour
- ½ cup pitted prunes
- ¼ cup pitted dates
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp agave nectar
- 2 tbsp cacao powder*
- 1/4 cup grated unsweetened coconut
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
Place unsweetened cocoa powder in a shallow bowl and set aside.
Combine prunes and dates in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add almond butter, agave nectar, and cacao powder. Transfer to a bowl and mix in coconut by hand.
Scoop up about a tsp of fruit mixture and roll between the palms of your hand to form a small ball. Roll each ball in cocoa powder and place on a tray or plate that will fit in your fridge. Refrigerate until firm and enjoy!
*If you do not have cacao powder on hand, don't worry! You can simply add 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder instead and the truffles won't even know the difference 🙂
Nutrients per truffle: Calories: 89; Total Fat: 3.8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 22mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 1.6g; Sugars: 7.5g; Protein: 1.7g