It's valentine's week and love is in the air! This week, I am bringing you a delicious recipe for fudgy cocoa truffles - so decadent tasting AND filled with nutrient-dense ingredients that will help you show some love to your body.
I've promised that these treats are also health-promoting and wanted to share a little bit more information about the ingredients so that you can understand why:
Nuts: Nuts have healthy fats including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and fiber. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and magnesium. Because of the dense nutrient and energy content of nuts, be aware of your serving size!
Dates: Dates are a great whole-food substitute for white sugar. They are very sweet, but also pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and fiber, and also don't impact our blood sugar level as much as other sweeteners such as white sugar.
Honey: Honey also has a relatively low glycemic index, antioxidants, and also has antibacterial properties when eaten in its raw (unprocessed) form.
Cocoa Powder: People often complain about being a "chocoholic" and think of chocolate negatively affecting their health - any negative health impacts from chocolate, are actually likely from the sugar content and even dairy if you're sensitive to it. Cocoa powder in and of itself is chock full of antioxidants, and has scientifically been linked to improving blood pressure, mood, and digestive health, as well as potentially having anti-cancer properties. When purchasing cocoa powder, be sure to look for organic, fair trade cocoa - there are a lot of ethical issues around cocoa harvesting and manufacturing.
Ground Flaxseeds: Another great source of healthy fats and fiber which can help to reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health, they also contain lignans which have been shown to possibly reduce your risk of developing cancer. Make sure you purchase ground flaxseeds or grind them yourself, however- humans have a tough time chewing and digesting the little seeds, and if eaten whole, may pass right through without you being able to take full advantage of their health benefits.
So now that you know a few of the key players in these fudgy truffles, let's waste no time getting you that recipe:
1C raw walnuts or cashews
1/2C pitted medjool dates
3 Tbs honey
2/3C almond pulp (from homemade almond milk) or almond meal
1/3C unsweetened cocoa powder + extra for rolling
3 Tbs ground flaxseeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 Tbs creamy almond butter (or other nut butter)
1. Pulse walnuts or cashews in food processor and pulse into a meal.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine until it is a moist, dough-like mixture.
3. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and scoop out into 1 1/2" balls and roll in extra cocoa powder to coat. Store in refrigerator.
Makes about 15 truffles
There you have it! I hope you enjoy these - my family sure does. Did you try them out? Write a note below and let me know how you liked them!