Hello! Are there any chocolate lovers out there? I can never undertand people who say they don't like chocolate. What? I am a huge chocolate fan, and if I am going to eat dessert or something sweet, I want it to be chocolate. Lemon bar or brownie and I am brownie every time. Most days I eat some dark chocolate, which is one of the best parts of the day. Lately I have been trying to limit how much I eat and don't keep it in the house. I eat at last 70% cocoa which is really good for you, but even still it can all add up to too much, and added weight. You can read here about the health benefits of chocolate. A few ounces a week has been shown to be heart healthy. I can inadvertantly eat a lot of dark chocolate, and thus I am trying to stay off it for while.
That aside, we did a finger foods class a while ago and this dessert was included. I absolutely loved it. Chocolate truffles that are vegan, made with dates, some chocolate chips, coconut oil, and cocoa. Very few ingredients, and absolutely delicious. I modified the recipe a bit but this is based on the one we used at The Natural Epicurean. They are not exactly like regular chocolate truffles that have a little bit smoother texture and glossiness from the heavy cream. Even still, they are smooth, creamy and taste totally decadent. This recipe has good vitamins and minerals from the dates, as well as flavanoids from the chocolate. That said, this is not a "diet" recipe and you still need to limit how many you eat, just like a regular piece of candy. But it you want something sweet, something chocolately, and decadent for dessert, this will hit the spot. When you make them, allot enough time for the mixture to get cold before you roll them or you will have a sticky mess that is hard to work with. I do hope you'll try them!
Healthy Chocolate Truffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: total time about 90 minutes
Keywords: dessert vegan vegetarian gluten-free cocoa dates candy
Ingredients (12 - 18 truffles)
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates, tightly packed
- 1 cup chocolate chips, vegan if desired
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- extra cocoa, coconut, or finely chopped nuts for rolling
Place the dates in a small saucepan and voer with water. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat. Put aside to soak.
Place the chocolate chips,coconut oil, vanilla extract, and espresso powder (if using) in the bowl of a food processer. Don't blend yet.
Sift the cocoa powder into a medium bowl and add coconut. Mix to combine.
Strain the dates from the hot water, saving the liquid. Put the dates into the food processor. Pulse the ingredients until smooth. The chocolate will melt nicely. If the mixture is too thick, add a little of the soaking liquid to make it smoother.
Scrape the date mixture into the bowl with the cocoa and coconut mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold the ingredients together until the texture is smooth and glossy. Cover the bowl and refrigerate one hour or until firm and easy to handle.
Using a spoon scoop into scant Tbsp size balls. Roll in your palms to shape. If it is not cold enough it will stick in your hands and make a mess. It may help to loosely shape, roll in the cocoa or coconut, and then finishing shaping into balls. Roll balls in cocoa, coconut, or finely chopped nuts as desired. Place in an airtight container and put back in the refrigerator and let firm up if needed. Let stand at room temperature 15 to 30 minutes before serving. Keep stored in the refrigerator.