My biggest vice is my sweet tooth. I’m a chocoholic; I won’t even deny that. But there are definitely ways to retrain your taste buds into craving the good kind of sweet– such as those from natural fruit sugars– instead of going after the sugar-laden corn syrup-y type sweets that come packaged alongside a multi-year shelf life. However, even I know that there are times when an apple just doesn’t cut it. Enter this amazing recipe for easy, peasy –dare I say healthy– chocolate truffles. Sweetened with nothing but dates, and full of protein and good fats, these are a great treat to keep stocked in the freezer and ready to pop in your mouth at any time.
Paleo Chocolate Truffle Bonbons
Yields about 20 truffles
For the Truffles:
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup pureed dates
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder (for a chocolate-flavored truffle)
For Rolling (optional):
1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 tbsp. chopped nuts such as pistachios, walnuts or almonds
1 tbsp. chopped seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower or sesame
1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp. chopped freeze dried strawberries or raspberries
Combine the dates with the almond butter and cacao (if using) in a glass bowl. Mix well and put into freezer until firm to the touch, about 30-45 minutes. Once slightly hardened, use a melon baller to scoop out teaspoon sized balls and roll immediately in your selected topping. Place on a tray, cover and put back into the freezer as handling them with warm hands will cause them to melt quickly. Let set for a few hours or overnight. Enjoy whenever you have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying!
These will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.