If there really were such a thing as a healthy truffle recipe, this would be it.
I say that because I realize calling this a healthy truffle recipe to begin with is a bit of a stretch. Kind of like calling a cauliflower steak "steak"... no one's buying it. Where's the meat?!?!?
So let's for a minute just forget the labels and appreciate these little bites of deliciousness for what they are - a healthy treat that's made using only real, whole food ingredients. There's not even a speck of sweetener - even healthy ones like maple syrup and honey. Nope. These are 100% made out of fruit and nuts and seasonings.
I mean, you have to admit, that's pretty amazing. If fruit and nuts can become a truffle, even a "healthy truffle..." Well, then I have to believe that I can do anything.
Is that a meme?
Anyway, I'm sharing these with you today because I just made a big batch to bring to the #RRChallenge2019 wrap party at Dancers Shape this weekend and wanted to get the recipe up so everyone at the party, and you of course, could have it.
Small Bite, Big Difference
Discovering easy simple recipes like this one made such a difference for me when I was first changing my diet and focusing more on my health.
It meant I could satisfy my sweet tooth and eat something, or at least feel like I was eating something, that was a treat. I felt like I could indulge and splurge a little. And I could do it without breaking my food rules and having that helped me be able to stick with the program so much more easily.
Realizing things like this - that "healthy" food could be as delicious as dessert - is what gets me so excited to keep trying new recipes and sharing them with you. I nerd out big time over this because I just can't get over how amazing food is.
Sometimes I feel like for most of my life I was only scratching the surface when it came to food. You know, like how they say we only really use 10 percent of our brains? Is that really true? I feel like that with food sometimes. Did you know most of us only eat the same 20 or so foods day in day out? And there's like 2,000+ plant food species on the planet! So much possibility... and even more - so much possibility to find foods that you enjoy that just so happen to support your health too.
I mean, don't you just love it when that happens??
These are the perfect little sweet chocolatey treat for when you're trying to avoid sugar. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and give you that rich, chocolatey taste without the not so fun effects a real truffle can have on your blood sugar and energy.
I love to make these and keep them in the freezer to eat when I'd usually go in search of chocolate chips or cookies. When I have these made and on hand it makes such a difference for me.
I hope they can for you too!
More Healthy Sweets Recipes
A while back I put together a little free recipe ebook with 10 healthy sweets and desserts recipes. Did you get it? It has some of my favorites, like this one, all made with real, whole-food ingredients that will satisfy your sweet tooth without rocking your blood sugar and energy levels. If you haven't yet, you can get it here.
What you'll need for this healthy truffle recipe
- food processor
- wax paper or parchment paper
- silicone spatula or spoon of some sort
- small bowl for rolling in coconut
- airtight storage containers
Healthy Truffle Recipe
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 cups dates, pitted
- 2-3 tbsp raw cacao powder
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- dash of sea salt
- shredded coconut, unsweetened
- Set up the food processor with the sharp S blade. Place walnuts, cacao, cinnamon and sea salt in the food processor and process until walnuts are finely chopped. With the food processor running, open the feeder hole in the top of the food processor and begin adding date pieces a few at a time. Keep adding dates with the machine running until a large dough ball is formed.
- Transfer dough ball on to a piece of wax or parchment paper on the counter top. Now you're ready to roll the dough into mini balls. You can make the balls as small or as large as you wish. I recommend about 1-2 inches in diameter.
- Wet your hands with some water or you can use food-safe gloves or plastic bags to cover your hands. The water will help keep the dough from sticking and make it easier to form into balls.
- Section off pieces of the dough and roll each piece between your hands to make a ball. Set aside and continue until you've used up all the dough.
- Place shredded coconut in a small bowl and roll each ball in the coconut to cover.
- Store brownie bites in an airtight container in the fridge. Note: You can place them in the container in rows and stack multiple layers between parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together.
- Keep in the fridge or freezer to enjoy whenever you want a healthy sweet treat!
P.S. Have you gotten my FREE 10 Healthy Sweets & Desserts Recipe ebook yet? It has 10 more recipes just like this one all made with real, whole-food ingredients that will satisfy your sweet tooth without rocking your blood sugar and energy levels. Get it here.
Megan Adams Brown, CHC, helps people take charge of their health and to start listening to themselves over the latest diet trend to optimize their own wellness, happiness and potential. Her family-friendly meal plans help parents take charge in the kitchen, too. This leads to more vegetables, less junk, and happier, healthier kids and parents. Megan shares kid-approved, allergy-friendly recipes on her blog. To learn more click here.