Healthy Sophisticated Truffles

Chocolate, Dairy-free, Dessert, Dried Fruit, Figs, Gluten-free, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, walnuts

Hi Fran!

A couple weeks ago, I bumped into this site and became absolutely obsessed with making variations of her no cook, gluten-free, mostly vegan truffles!

As mentioned last year in my chocolate haystacks post, I am on the constant look out for new recipes that make eating chocolate, or cocoa filled goodness healthy for me. Especially since my daily chocolate consumption is non-negotiable, something else has got to give.

So these amazing truffles are made with only dried fruits, placed in a food processor until they almost form a paste and can be rolled into neat balls. Why are they so amazing? Oh let me count the ways!

  1. No sugar is needed – fruits are sweet enough
  2. No cooking is needed – they are already dried and set as soon as you form the ball shape
  3. They are gluten-free
  4. They are full of nutritious deliciousness
  5. Their texture is silky soft and totally indulgent
  6. They are totally acceptable for breakfast! (in fact I am planning on making them into bar forms)
  7. You can have more than 1 without feeling guilty
  8. There is no end to the combinations that are possible!

Until now, the ingredients which have made the basic structure of these truffles are: dates, prunes and dried figs. To that  you add your favorite nuts. And to that you add some deep cocoa flavour, and a tiny sprinkling of vanilla extract. On top of that, you can add anything you like, be it cinnamon, crystallized ginger, peanut butter, melted dark 70% chocolate, you name it! Here are my two favorites up until now!

Nutty Truffles

Makes about 18 truffles

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dried dates (10-12)
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes (5-7)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of peanuts, almonds and walnuts)
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter*
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1/2 orange
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts for the coating

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop the dates and prunes into pieces
  2. In a food processor (or blender) place dates, prunes, 1/4 cup nuts, peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and orange zest. Blend until the dried fruit have been processed enough to easily stick together, and not have any big chunks.
  3. Place the 3/4 cup chopped nuts in a plate (so that you can easily roll your truffles in the nuts)
  4. Roll 1/2 tbsp of the fruit and cocoa mixture into a small ball about 2 cm / 1 inch in diameter, then roll it in the nuts, until it is evenly coated. Repeat until you have gone through your entire batch. DEVOUR!

* Omit the Peanut butter if you want to make them lighter

** You can roast your nuts if you want a little more toasty flavour!

Chocolate Drizzled Ginger Fig Truffles

Makes about 18 truffles

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dried figs (10-12)
  • 1/4 cup pitted prunes (5-7)
  • 1/2 cup dried dates
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger*
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate pieces (70% and up) **

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop the figs, prunes and dates into pieces
  2. In a food processor (or blender) place figs, prunes, dates, ginger, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Blend until the dried fruit have been processed enough to easily stick together, and not have any big chunks.
  3. Roll 1/2 tbsp of the fruit and cocoa mixture into a small ball about 2 cm / 1 inch in diameter, then place on top of a rack. Repeat until you have gone through your entire batch.
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave (took me heating the chocolate for 30 seconds, 2 times) once melted, using a fork drizzle the chocolate over your truffles in big motions to achieve the thin stripes. (Alternatively, you can quickly create a piping bag out of parchment paper, fill it with the melted chocolate and pipe out again in big motion over your truffles.
  5. Top each truffle with a small piece of crystallized ginger for decoration, leave to set. DEVOUR!

* Omit the ginger and chocolate if you want to make it sugar free

** Omit the chocolate if you want to make it vegan!

I am already looking forward to sharing more of my experiments as I go along, but if you feel inspired, please do share back your results!!!

ENJOY!

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2 thoughts on “Healthy Sophisticated Truffles

  1. Non-so-fattening sweets that are also good for digestion… I need major quantities of these items!

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