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Chocolate Truffles


Feel like a healthy chocolate fix ?  Well you just can’t go past these delicious chocolate truffles.  They take around 10 minutes and make a great healthy and sustaining snack.  Perfect for outdoor activities such as long bike rides, hiking, sailing, picnics, long walks on the beach or a healthy dessert to have with coffee.

What it’s good for:

Walnuts are a great source of anti-inflamatory omega 3 that is great for heart and brain health. Chocolate is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes according to studies from the British Medical Journal. Chocolate contains compounds that act as stimulants believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.  It contains the stimulants theobromine and caffeine that can increase alertness and give you a pleasurable sensation similar to the high people get after exercise. Dates are a good source of minerals and adding a little cinnamon can help stabilise blood sugar levels.

Makes 20 balls.

250 g (8  3/4  oz) walnuts
1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder or good quality dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons healthy chef pure protein ( our grass-fed WPI or Organic Pea Protein )
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1  teaspoon vanilla bean
10 fresh-pitted dates

To Decorate:
Coconut, goji berries, nuts, cocoa.

Combine walnuts, cocoa, salt, protein and cinnamon in a food processor.
Process 15 seconds until crumbly.
Add vanilla and dates then process until mixture is combined. If squeezed together, it should form into a soft ball.
Add 2 tablespoon of water – only if needed so that the mix forms a soft ball. The mix should be firm and sticky, but not mushy.
Remove chocolate truffle mixture from the food processor into a bowl.
Form into 20 round balls.
Roll balls in your choice of garnish.
Store in the fridge covered for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition per truffle

Protein: 3.3 g
Carbs: 3.2 g
Total fat: 8.6 g
Saturated: 0.6 g
Sodium: 3 mg
Fiber: 1.2 g
Kilojoules: 426
Calories: 102

NOTES:
almonds can be used in place of walnuts.

MORE CHOCOLATE RECIPES:
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cup Cakes
Naked Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Really Good Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Brownies
Raw Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Mousse

 

All content and Photography Copyright Teresa Cutter 2013

 

 

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19 Responses to “Chocolate Truffles”
  1. Caitlin says:

    hey teresa,
    Quick question, could these be made without the cocoa powder? im not a fan of chocolate but these look soo good!
    Any chances of a gluten free bread recipe? i tried making one on the weekend with buckwheat and brown rice flour with cooked quinoa but i think i should of used less buckwheat, any ideas on a recipe?
    thanks caitlin. x

  2. Paul says:

    Can you use a blender instead of food processor?

  3. Liz says:

    Can’t wait to try these I like the idea of orange zest in their to, I still want to add the cocoa so how much zest would you add?:)

  4. Larissa says:

    Teresa what’s your favourite brand of cocoa powder?

    • loving earth is lovely if I can get it near by or otherwise a good dark quality cocoa powder from a health food store or quality grocer or chef’s warehouse is fine. Don’t get the ones in the supermarket – poor quality that translates into the finished product. :)

  5. Kate says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Can you use almond meal in place of the whole almonds for this recipe?
    Thanks!
    Kate

  6. Julianne says:

    Would love to make these a healthy chocolate treat for the kids but their school is nut free. Do you have a version without nut? Thank you

  7. Ella says:

    These are so yummy. I used half walnuts and half almond meal for the nuts and half fresh dates half prunes for the fruit because its what I had on hand and they turned out perfectly. I will make these over and over again. They would make a great little Christmas gift too!

  8. Jessica says:

    These are delicious! I added some fresh cherries to mine & rolled in coconut! Mmmm cherry ripe.
    Thanks

  9. Liss says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Great recipe, but wondered if there is a replacement for your protein? I follow the Paleo diet and unfortunately can’t have any sugar including stevia which is an ingredient in your protein, not to mention the peas!
    Thanks in advance!!

  10. Bek @ Crave says:

    These look great! Perfect for V Day, or any day for that matter :P

  11. Elisha says:

    Hi Theresa,
    Im such a huge fan of yours and your recipes are amazinig. I am just wondering if you could recommend a substitute for dates and apple? I am on a low FODMAP diet due to IBS and these 2 ingredients are in lots!! Any help would be appreciated.

  12. Sossie says:

    What can I use instead of protein powder? Does it help to bind or just give a bigger protein boost? Fab recipes

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