Happy New Year lovely people!
Sadly my favourite time of year is over again but that is no reason to be down, I got to spend a whole month (or two) eating great food, spending time with family and doing absolutely zero exercise. Marvellous.
Most people, women especially, are targeted with aggressive amounts of diets, detoxes and “new year, new you” campaigns in January, all made to make us feel bad for enjoying ourselves and thus spend money on making us change who we are. Everywhere you go, juices, gym memberships and tea cleanses are being thrust in your face, and I for one am sick of it.
I really don’t believe in spending hours and hours in the gym unless you’re dangerously overweight, I also think that none of us can really benefit from or enjoy all these “low-fat” foods or “diet” options that crop up in supermarkets at this time of year.
So this year, and especially this month, I want to emphasise the importance of real, natural foods in the recipes I share. I want everyone to eat delicious, nutritious food that can be good for you without being “low-calorie” or “tasteless”. While also encouraging everyone to listen to what their body wants, and not restricting themselves from eating anything, no matter how outlawed it may be. It’s all about balance and eating what your body wants! That’s where these little chocolatey bites come in!
This recipe is by no means new, hundreds of “energy balls” and “protein balls” recipes have been floating around the internet for a few years now, but let’s be serious, most of them are just a bit…gross. So these healthy chocolate truffles are ditching all the tasteless and expensive seeds and powders in place of sweet dates, whichever nuts you love most, and of course chocolate. The use of dates eliminates the need for any added sugar (I know many people try to avoid it), and there are also no wheat or animal products used in making these truffles, making them both gluten free and vegan friendly!
Every ingredient in these little healthy chocolate truffles can easily be found in any supermarket or online, they require absolutely no cooking or baking and come together in as little as five minutes, what’s not to like? The original inspiration came from the lovely Chocolate Covered Katie, but naturally, I’ve made tweaks!
Simply start by chucking dates into your food processor (you need one for this recipe, I’m afraid!)
Then choose your favourite nuts, I used pecans just because I have a huge bag lying around, and throw them in too.
Then simply use a few tablespoons to measure some coconut, some cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder if you have it) and some chocolate chips into the processor plus a little vanilla and salt.
Now simply blitz the ingredients into fine crumbs.
If the mixture is a little dry, throw in a tablespoon or so of water until it begins to clump together.
Get your hands in and simply roll the mixture into 10-12 little truffles.
Feel free to roll the truffles in some extra coconut or cocoa powder to give them a nice finish, I only rolled half of mine in coconut because my dear mother is a little picky when it comes to coconut!
…And that’s it! That is how easy this recipe is, a quick blitz and some sticky fingers later and you have a delicious little batch of chocolate truffles full of iron, fibre, protein and valuable immune-system boosting micronutrients with no fancy, expensive or artificial ingredients.
Just because you put on a little weight over Christmas doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of chocolate or your favourite snacking nuts, but if you can enjoy these things in a bite-size, all natural and refined sugar free format then hey, there’s nothing wrong with that either!
Rich, chewy and chocolatey bites of goodness, nothing artificial here!
- 140g dates
- 60g nuts of your choice (such as peanuts, almonds, pecans or hazelnuts)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder if you have it)
- 2 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut (extra to roll in, optional)
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Place all your ingredients into a food processor and blitz until you have fine crumbs.
- If your mixture is a little dry, add in about a tablespoon of water until it begins to clump together.
- Roll your mixture into 10-12 little truffles.
- If you want to, you can roll the truffles in some more coconut or cocoa powder to give a nice finish.
*If you don't like the taste of coconut, feel free to swap the coconut for some extra nuts or dates