Just because I’m into healthy eating doesn’t mean that I want to forfeit indulgent foods that are oh so sweet. Thanks to the plant kingdom, I don’t have to… ever! One of my favorite ways to indulge is in the form of truffles. Oh yeah, truffles are where it’s at.
Now, you can make truffles in a variety of ways and most of them aren’t so healthy. I have seen recipes out there for Oreo truffles for goodness sake! Imagine those crumbled up Oreos and that cream cheese sliding right down with a nice glass of [insert favorite beverage here]… these things couldn’t be worse for you!
But there are ways you can create truffles that will fit into your healthy eating regimen without sacrificing any flavor or satisfaction. I started making healthier versions of truffles with the use of various nuts and seeds and fell in love with them.
After lots of practice with nut based raw vegan truffles I wanted to figure out how to make a lower fat version. We all know that nuts and seeds are a nutritious source of calories, but those calories are also loaded with fat (albeit healthy ones) so I try not to go overboard on them. But let’s face it, truffles made of almonds and other goodies (think cinnamon, vanilla bean, or cacao) can be pretty hard to put down when you’ve got a plate full of them calling your name!
So one day as I was going through my cupboards trying to come up with a really fast, really tasty snack to share with my son. I decided to keep things simple and to try a lower fat version of truffles. The snack was a hit with my son and his friends, one of my friends, and the hubby so they’re a regular in our household nowadays.
These carob coconut date truffles have just three ingredients- dates, carob, and coconut flakes. Now that’s healthy eating!
There are a few simple ways to create this healthy eating recipe. You can roll each date up into a ball with your clean fingers, roll them in carob (or cacao) powder, and then finish them off with a tumble in the coconut flakes. Another option is to put half a cup of dates and a tablespoon of carob (or cacao) powder in the food processor then pulse the mixture until it’s gooey.
Make balls out of the mixture and then roll them in the coconut flakes. Personally I like the first method because I’m not left with a food processor to have to wash and doing it by hand is ever so easy. Go ahead and call me lazy… I just can’t wait to get to those truffles is what it is, I swear!
Try substituting the carob with cinnamon, or rolling the balls in crushed almonds in addition (or instead of) the coconut flakes. Or you can slip an almond into the center of a date and then form the date so that it surrounds the nut. Then roll the date in goodies of your choice before you munch away J
If you’ve got an idea on a cool variation I would LOVE to try it… I am a big fan of making truffles a part of my healthy eating habits and I’m always looking for new ideas.
See ya soon,