Chocolate Truffles

gluten-free truffles

Any of you who know me well are aware that I am a chocoholic.  Chocolate has many good nutrition properties, including the fact that it is full of antioxidants.  This recipe only has a very small amount of added natural sweetener (maple syrup).  It gets most of its sweetness from dates.  It also includes Maca powder which can help your hormone health, mood and energy.  For more information on Maca’s benefits, see this article on Dr. Axe’s website.

Try these healthy chocolate truffles with few sweeteners.Chocolate Truffles

1 cup pecans or walnuts (or mixture of both)

½ cup dates or raisins (or mixture of both)

¼ cup virgin coconut oil

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 Tbl. maple syrup

1 tsp. cinnamon

few grinds of fresh black pepper

pinch of sea salt

2 Tbl. powdered maca

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Soak the nuts for 2-3 hours, in filtered water to cover. Add the fruit to the soaking nuts an hour before you want to make the truffles.

Drain the nuts and fruit and place them in a food processor. Grind into a past, add the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Add a small amount of water, if needed, to get to the desired consistency. Form into one inch balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Place in refrigerator to firm up for at least an hour before serving. Store in the fridge for up to a month, but they won’t last that long! Makes approximately 20.

I hope you make and enjoy these.  Comment below with your thoughts on this recipe.

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