These Nutty Cocoa Truffles are a quick, easy and tasty way to keep my “real food” diet on track, while still satisfying my sweet tooth!
Ok, who’s doing a healthy eating challenge this month?
If you read my prior post, you saw I’m currently doing a “real food” challenge based on the cookbook 100 Days of Real Food, by Lisa Leake. The general premise is only eating real, whole foods and cutting out processed foods and added sugars.
So far I’m doing pretty well. Considering I already eat a pretty healthy and whole-foods diet on a regular basis prior to this, it hasn’t been a complete 180 for me. Although, I’ve still found cutting out all processed foods is still pretty tough! I do well at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I’m often at a loss for foods to snack on as there’s no longer the ability to walk by the pantry and grab a few pretzels or crackers! One can only eat so many apples, bananas and clementines before I need a break from the fruit!
That’s where these Nutty Cocoa Truffles enter the picture. Lisa, the author of 100 days of real food had a great peppermint truffle version of this recipe in her book. I changed her recipe up a bit to decrease the dates and I wanted to add in another healthy nut, walnuts! Now they have a 1-2 punch of both almonds and walnuts!
You’ll need a food processor to make these, but they’re super simple to throw together. Everything pretty much just gets put into the food processor until well combined. Then all you have to do is form them into truffles. Easy-peasy, right?
These little babies have been my snack time lifesaver and I find one does the trick when that craving hits after dinner or during the dreaded 2pm slump! I hope they help you satisfy your own sweet tooth, while still staying on track with your healthy eating goals!
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup walnut halves/pieces
- ¾ cup dates (pitted)
- 1 Tbs. dark cocoa powder
- 1 Tbs. honey
- 2 tsp. water
- Put the nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times until broken into smaller bits.
- Add in the dates, cocoa powder and honey. Process until combined. Add in the water until the mixture comes together and can be formed into balls. If it still does stick together well enough after 2 teaspoons, add in another teaspoon.
- Form mixture into truffles, about 1 tablespoon in size. Store in a tupperware container in the refrigerator.
*Recipe adapted from 100 Days of Real Food