Healthy Chocolate Truffles with Walnuts

imageHere’s a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth with a little less guilt. Yes, these “truffles” are healthier than most desserts, but you wouldn’t know it when you bite into one. Let’s take a look at the star players:

– Medjool Dates: High in fiber, rich in potassium, and supplying a hefty portion of copper these satisfying sweets are packed with energy.

– Walnuts: An excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts are also antioxidant-rich and a good source of manganese and copper.

– Cocoa Powder: Not only does cocoa powder contain fiber,  iron, and magnesium, it also provides phenethylamine which acts as a mood elevator and antidepressant.

– Honey: Considered liquid gold, honey has a number of health benefits. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties make it an excellent immune system booster.

These truffles are very simple to make and contain only a few ingredients. Go ahead and whip up a batch. I dare you to eat just one.

*This recipe is slightly adapted from BHG. The original recipe can be found here.

Healthy Chocolate Truffles with Walnuts

Ingredients

1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (12-15) medjool dates
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
Water, as needed

Directions

1. In a food processor combine walnuts and a pinch of salt. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a shallow dish; set aside.

2. Combine dates, cocoa powder, honey, and a pinch of salt in the processor. Pulse until the mixture forms a thick paste. If necessary, add water 1 teaspoon at a time to reach desired consistency.

3. Roll the mixture into small balls and coat with the walnuts. If the mixture is too sticky, you can let the dough cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Store finished truffles in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Makes 12 small truffles.

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