This recipe will give you decadent, ooey and gooey chocolate truffles. The best part? Zero sugar, zero guilt but lots of satisfaction.
I’ve tried my fair share of energy balls over the years. They are usually very easy to make and you feel virtuous for going the healthy route. The problem? They typically always taste like like mashed dates to me. That’s why I was never the biggest fan. Chocolate, I’m down for. This recipe (adapted from Donna Hay) changed my apathy for healthy truffles. The addition of almonds and peanut butter completely lifts these balls, giving the dates a really nice nuttiness and richness of flavor. Adding cocoa powder to the mix, not just on top, gives it that yummy indulgent chocolate taste. Big hit! They really do taste like chocolate truffles which is a a game changer when they are this healthy!
Chocolate Date Truffles-the process.
These are so easy to make. You just put all the truffle ingredients in a blender and mix them up. Then, you roll up little bits of the date mix into balls, and roll in cocoa powder. Place the completed balls on a baking sheet and chill slightly until the shape holds. That’s it!
Mix it up!
These would be great with a different nut butter, or even sunflower seed butter. Feel free to swap out the almonds for another type of nut. I will definitely try adding a little spice to these next time- maybe some cinnamon, or cardamom, or a tiny pinch of chili powder. This doesn’t need any spice but it’ll be fun to see how the flavor changes.
When to eat them?
Pre or post workout, alongside a coffee for a quick on the go breakfast. Snack time! The possibilities are endless. These would be great in lunchboxes too if your child’s school allows nut butter.
Nutty Date Energy Balls
- 1 1/2 cup fresh dates, pitted 270 g
- 1/4 cup almonds 40 g
- 1/3 cup peanut butter 95 g
- 1 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder and extra for dusting
- Combine the dates, almonds, and peanut butter in a food processor and puree until finely chopped and combined well.
- Using slightly damp hands, take small pieces of the date mix and roll into your hands until you get a circle. Dip this circle into a bowl of cocoa powder and set aside onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with all the date mixture.
- Store in fridge in an airtight container until ready to serve.