Healthy Chocolate Truffles

We’re inspired to experiment with ALL the versions of these yummy, healthy truffles brought to you by Kale & Chocolate’s Elise Museles.

From my cocoa dusted kitchen to yours, you’re going to love my double ‘thumbs up’ family-approved decadent chocolate truffle. Loaded with antioxidants & heart healthy fats, this bite-sized treat is the perfect companion to enjoy some chocolate alongside your luscious leafy kale.

*Makes approximately 18 truffles

INGREDIENTS  ______________________________

1 cup cashews (can use almonds)
¾ cup packed Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
Pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
Cocoa powder, raw cacao powder and/or shredded coconut for rolling

OPTIONAL FLAVORS: Use the basic recipe, and then spice these delicious morsels up to make them different each time. Try adding in orange zest, cinnamon, coconut, pumpkin pie spice, cayenne, or peppermint extract. Get creative!

METHOD 

Place cashews (or almonds) in a food processor and blend until finely ground. Add in the dates, cocoa powder, sea salt and vanilla. Once the mixture is smooth, pulse in any spices or flavors (orange zest or cacao nibs!) and process until everything is incorporated together. Next, with slightly wet hands, roll into 1-inch balls. (If the mixture is too sticky to handle, place in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes until firm enough to roll.) Lightly cover each truffle with cocoa powder, cocao nibs, or coconut. Place the balls in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Store any remaining truffles in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze to have on hand always. Yum!

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