Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

What girl does not love dessert?  Even more importantly what girl does not LOVE CHOCOLATE?

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Yep, that is the sound of crickets chirping.  I am one of the many girls that loves chocolate, but I also feel strongly that yummy desserts should not make you feel guilty!  One of my favorite recipes to play around with is truffles.  You can be creative with the flavor and truffles are quick and easy to make.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

The peanuts, pretzels, and cocoa powder should be pulsed until they resemble coarse coffee grounds. 

I like having these healthier versions of truffles on hand as a healthy snack when I come home from work or as an energy boost before the gym.   They keep you full because they have protein from both the peanuts and the dates.  The dates are a great alternative for sugar and butter/cream since they act as the binding agent and sweetener for the truffle.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

Once you add the dates and agave syrup the truffle mixture should start to bind together.

I somehow end up eating more than one truffle every time ;) But I guess that is to be expected when you have these divine, bite-size treats in your refrigerator.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

I chose to roll some of the truffles in the dark cocoa, leave some plain, and top the rest with dried coconut flakes.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

I could not help myself I had to take a bite out of a truffle right away.  They are addicting. 

As always,

Bon Appeteek

Recipe inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 truffles
The Players: 

13 dates, pitted
1/2 C roasted, salted peanuts
1/2 C pretzels
2 T specialty dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
1 t light agave syrup
Optional: dried coconut flakes and extra cocoa powder for garnish

The Rules: 

  1. Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Place peanuts, pretzels, dates, and cocoa powder in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  3. Add vanilla extract, agave, and dates to the dry ingredients and pulse until well combined.
  4. Spoon out 1 heaping tsp of the truffle mixture at a time and use your hands to form balls, roll between your palms to create a smooth surface.
  5. Optional: roll the truffles in cocoa powder (shake off excess) or coconut flakes.
  6. Store in air-tight container in refrigerator.

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