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3 HEALTHY HOMEMADE TRUFFLES RECIPES
These healthy homemade truffles can go by many names – energy balls, little balls of joy, vegan candy – but they’re essentially pretty little homemade truffles, with healthier ingredients that provide a huge boost of slow-burning natural sugars. You can get as fancy or rudimentary with these homemade truffles as you like – one involves a raw chocolate layer – or just roll up the date mixture and leave the homemade truffles more plain to make an ‘energy ball’. Get creative with the toppings, centers (raspberries, nuts, or a peanut butter ball would all be amazing), and ingredients; there is plenty of room for variation, so long as the texture remains pliable but not liquid! You can chop the nuts and make the homemade truffles in a Blendtec or Vitamix blender, or you could use a food processor and do multiple batches. These are the perfect healthy alternative to that box of milk and sugar you give your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. Cover them in red sprinkles, cacao powder, or little hearts for an even sweeter treat.
CHILI CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE RECIPE
If your sweetie has a spicy side, this is the perfect combination – smooth, sweet chocolate with a spicy chili kick! Enjoy with a cup of milk or milk alternative – just in case you need a little relief from all of that flavor. :)
- 8 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or ground vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 pinch strong chili powder (or more if you prefer)
- Coconut, nuts, or cacao powder to finish (options below)
- Place all of the ingredients into your blender jar.
- For BLENDTEC: Use the BATTERS cycle to blend for 23 seconds. Push the ingredients down into the blades and then run the BATTERS cycle a second time, until well-combined.
- For VITAMIX: Starting on Variable, Speed 1, increase the speed to 7 and blend for approximately 60 seconds or until well-combined, using the tamper to push the ingredients down into the blades.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then form about a dozen truffle-sized balls; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, goji berries, or pistachios, or shredded coconut if you like. Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving, and enjoy them for up to a week in the fridge!
- All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
BLACK BEAN CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLE RECIPE
These are the HEALTHY version of Ferrero Rocher truffles. Beans and dates replace a lot of what would be milk-fat and processed sugar. Enjoy guiltlessly with a cup of green tea!
- 1/2 cup medjool dates
- 1/3 cup roasted hazelnuts (skins removed)
- 2 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 can organic black beans
- 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or agave syrup)
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 12 whole roasted hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts (roughly chopped)
- 1/4 cup bee pollen
- Add dates to your blender jar and pulse until until the dates become like paste.
- For Blendtec: Use the Pulse feature.
- For Vitamix: Switch to HIGH and then turn off and on several times to pulse.
- Scoop it out and place in a small bowl. Don't worry about cleaning out the jar -- it's all going in there eventually!
- Add roasted hazelnuts to your blender jar and pulse until they're broken into a fine powder or nut butter consistency.
- Drain and rinse black beans and pat dry with a towel.
- Add all remaining truffle ingredients, including the date paste and black beans, back into your blender jar.
- For Blendtec: Run the BATTERS cycle. If not combined, press everything in towards the blade and then run the BATTERS cycle one more time.
- For Vitamix: Switch to Variable, Speed 1 and ramp up to Variable, Speed 5 for approximately 30 seconds to blend, using the tamper if necessary.
- Put the chocolate truffle mixture into the freezer for 1 hour to set.
- Combine coconut oil with maple syrup.
- Add raw cacao powder. Whisk with a fork until combined and chocolate mixture is smooth and set aside.
- Mix chopped, roasted hazelnuts and bee pollen in a small bowl.
- Roll 1 tablespoon of mixture into a ball and poke a roasted hazelnut into the centre. Roll into a perfect ball.
- Dip into raw chocolate mixture.
- Roll into the hazelnut bee pollen coating.
- Repeat with remaining chocolate truffles.
- Freeze for 3 hours to set and enjoy! --Don't forget about them, or they'll be too hard! Keep them in the fridge for easy snacking, or freeze if you're trying to stop yourself from eating the whole batch!
COCONUT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN ENERGY TRUFFLE RECIPE
If you need a little more protein in your diet, this is a great way to sneak some in. Almonds, protein powder, and coconut oil make this a long-burning and protein-heavy treat. We love Vega products, but any protein powder will do the trick with some extra cocoa powder.
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tablespoons VegaOne Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon celtic salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 8 medjool dates
- Additional 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
- Add all ingredients to your blender jar. (Use your Blendtec Twister jar if you have it!)
- For BLENDTEC: Use the BATTERS cycle to blend for 23 seconds. You may have to do this twice, stopping in between to push the ingredients in towards the blade.
- For VITAMIX: Starting on Variable, Speed 1, increase the speed to 7 and blend for approximately 30 seconds or until well-combined, using the tamper to push the ingredients down into the blades.
- Roll the dough into 1-1/2″ balls and then roll each ball in shredded coconut. Pop in the freezer for at least a half hour to set truffles, and then will keep in the fridge for up to a week!
HEALTH BENEFITS & FUN FACTS ABOUT DATES
The basic binding agent in these truffles are beans and dates. Both are super healthy; beans are packed with protein with few calories and sugar, and dates are nature’s candy, with tons of natural sugars! Dates have a lot of dietary fiber to help your body remove waste and iron, which balances oxygen in the blood. They are also packed with potassium, an electrolyte that controls heart rate and blood pressure. Dates are also a source of B-vitamins that protect your eyes and also contribute to sustained energy levels. Dates have even more nutritional benefits – they have vitamins A and K, which maintain healthy skin, mucus membranes, and bones. They also have manganese, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid, which all help to prevent cancer, disease, and promote healing in the body.