I’m not usually a fan of so-called ‘healthy desserts’… they usually substitute too much flavor to be worth it, to me. I’d rather just eat a proper dessert less often than suffer through a lot of grainy, tasteless pseudo-desserts. So when I tell you that this is healthy AND delicious, you should trust me. Or distrust me, and make them anyway.
This recipe is basically just using a food processor to take a bunch of ingredients and make a dough, rolling it into balls, and coating in a cocoa powder and sugar mixture. So assemble all your ingredients first. You can substitute the peanut butter for almonds, just process them first alone until they’re a very fine powder. If you want to go completely vegan, substitute maple or agave syrup.
Mix in a food processor until it forms a sticky mess. If it’s crumbly and dry, just add more water, one tablespoon at a time, until it comes together.
Now pinch off about a tablespoon worth of dough, roll it between your palms to form a ball, and roll in the extra cocoa powder mixed with sugar.
When the whole ball is coated, set it aside and make the next one. Or just eat it. I promise not to tell.
adapted from Snack Girl
Healthy Chocolate Truffles
- 1/3 cup peanut butter or 1 cup whole almonds or other nuts
- 15 pitted dates
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder divided
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar or granulated if it's all you have
If using whole nuts, add first to a food processor and pulse until a very fine powder.
Add peanut butter (if not using whole nuts), dates, 2/3 cup of the cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and water. Mix until thoroughly combined and a sticky mass.
If too dry to form a sticky mass, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing five seconds between additions, until it comes together.
Mix together remaining 1/3 cup cocoa powder and sugar on a small plate. Pinch off 1 tablespoon of dough and roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa/sugar mixture until well coated.