Healthy, gluten free, naturally sweetened mint chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash!
- 1/2 cup walnuts (I use unsalted)
- 2/3 cup almonds (I use unsalted)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 9 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- First, make sure your dates are soft by soaking in warm water for 10 minutes. Make sure you drain them and chop in half before using.
- Pulse the walnuts and almonds in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped, as shown in the photo above. Then add 1/4 cup cocoa powder, maple syrup, dates, and 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract – in that order. I usually start with 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract and then add a little more (up to 1/4 teaspoon) if I feel they need it. Process for 2 minutes or until a thick oily “dough” is formed, as pictured above. The dough will be oily from the nuts. You may have to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times to get all of the dry ingredients to the bottom. If the dough is too dry, add more maple syrup and/or dates.
- Once a dough is formed, scoop the dough (about 1 Tablespoon each) and roll into a smooth ball with your hands. If rolling into cocoa powder, spread the remaining 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder onto a plate and roll the moist dough ball around to fully cover. Store bites in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- Freezing Instructions: You can freeze these little healthy bites too! Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
- Sweetener: These truffles taste like dark chocolate and are not overly sweet. You may add more dates and/or maple syrup to the mixture to sweeten up, as well as a little more nuts to keep the same texture.
- Nuts: Feel free to play around with the kinds of nuts used.
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