Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles – No one will ever guess this decadent dessert is healthy! Made with whole foods and no refined sugar, you can indulge guilt free!
I love healthy food, but I also really love treats. Anyone else have that problem? The holidays make it especially tricky because we’re pretty much surrounded by the treats without much healthy in sight.
So, this year I decided to make a bunch of my favorite treats healthy! And, not the usual kind of healthy, the sneaky kind of healthy where treats still taste like treats. The kind where no one but you will ever know they’re healthy – even your tastebuds and treat cravings!
These Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are the perfect healthy dessert. Just as fudge-y and delicious, but with a healthy secret ingredient! Actually, it’s not really a secret, I’ll tell you right now…it’s dates.
Please don’t let that scare you away. I promise you won’t feel like you’re eating dates. Even my picky husband had no idea. They are naturally so sweet, create the perfect truffle texture, and add all kinds of healthy nutrients and fiber.
Give this recipe a try, I promise you won’t regret it.
- 14 dates
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ¾ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 70% dark chocolate bar (3.5 ounces)
- crushed candy cane or sprinkles for topping
- Put the dates in a small bowl and cover in hot water. Let soak for 5-10 minutes, drain, and squeeze out the excess water.
- Add the almonds, almond meal, and cocoa powder to a food processor or high quality blender. Pulse or blend until finely ground. Add the dates, peppermint extract, and ½ teaspoon sea salt and blend until a thick dough ball forms.
- Remove the dough and roll into small balls. Put the balls on a dish lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
- Break the chocolate bar into a microwavable dish and melt for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in-between until completely melted. You may want to start by only melting half of the bar. Depending on how thickly you coat the truffles, you'll only use about half.
- Roll each truffle in the melted chocolate and put back on the parchment paper. Top with a little crushed candy cane or sprinkles.
- When all of the truffles have been covered in chocolate, put the dish into the fridge until the chocolate hardens.
- Store truffles in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
These are also the perfect addition to your holiday gift plates! The recipe makes 24 truffles and another part of that healthy treat balance for me is giving away the extras, so I don’t eat them all. 🙂
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