Healthy Chocolate Almond Truffles.

Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together!

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Greetings!

I couldn’t fall asleep last night (so really it’s today.) I can foresee the morning: hitting snooze 43 times, 3 cups of coffee, and zombie-like until at least lunch. But as long as I have these truffles… life is good.

Lately I’ve been craving chocolate, like maaaaajor. Before you ask— not pregnant. To get the chocolate fix, I decided to pull together a quick treat that will make you (and your jeans) happy. Naturally gluten free, no refined sugars, and full of that chocolate flavor without a crash 2 hours later.

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

These make you feel like you’re cheating when in fact you’re not.

The secret? Dates. Have you ever tried them before? While they certainly aren’t winning any awards on their looks, they are naturally sweet with a very subtle caramel-ish flavor. You can typically find these at your local grocery store in the produce or organic section. You will toss those perfectly sweet dates, almonds, almond butter, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and coconut oil into the food processor. Pulse and roll into balls. It’s that easy.

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Perfect for an on-the-go snack, before a run or workout. Maybe a couple before bed?

So simple, rich-tasting and natural ingredients.

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Baddabing baddaboom. Healthy truffles.

(Yes, THIS IS REAL. IT’S NOT A DREAM.)

Healthy Chocolate Almond Truffles

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  • Prep Time: 25m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 55m

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1 cup medjuol dates (about 10 large), pitted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • Optional: 8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Place the dates, cocoa powder, almonds, almond butter, chia seeds and coconut oil into the food processor. Blend/pulse together until a moist dough forms. This takes about a minute or two. If the dough is too crumbly, add an additional 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil.
  3. Once dough is formed, scoop out 1 Tablespoon of dough. Roll into a smooth ball and place onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Place in the refrigerator as you melt the chocolate in the below step. (Placing in the refrigerator during this step is not required, however, I think it helps when they are more firm for dipping in chocolate.)
  4. Melt the chocolate: place the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt in 30-second increments, stirring after each until completely melted and smooth. Let the chocolate sit for a few minutes to cool slightly before dipping.
  5. Dip each ball completely into the chocolate using a fork or dipping tool (see above.) When lifting it out of the chocolate, gently tap the tool gently on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drop off. Place each back onto the baking sheet and refrigerator until the chocolate is set, about 25-30 minutes.

Additional Notes

  1. Dipping the truffles in chocolate is completely optional. With: 110 calories. Without: 65 calories. The choice is yours.

Magic happens when chocolate, almonds and dates come together! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

4 Comments

  1. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    December 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    These are genius! I love how you transformed an energy bite into a truffle. I’m obsessed with dates these days and have to make some of these truffles soon 🙂

    1. Christina

      December 11, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Thanks, Megan! I actually made another batch this weekend but without the chocolate coating and they are just as good! Let me know if you try them out!

  2. Lauren Cermak

    December 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    These look so good Christina! I love having sweet bites of something throughout the day and these would be perfect to have around! 🙂

    1. Christina

      December 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Lauren! I just checked out for blog and I’m loving it!

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