Chewy, sweet, and covered in chocolate, these healthy truffles make a delicious snack. Made with dates, nuts, and peanut butter, these make not only a delicious dessert, but a perfect on the go snack.
When I was thinking about what to make for Valentine’s Day, I thought about some truffles I saw floating around the web. Truffles are not only delicious, but also super cute. I mean who wouldn’t want to eat a ball of deliciousness that’s covered in chocolate? Once I decided on truffles, I knew I wanted to create a healthy spin off with the ingredients I had on hand.
The result of sweet dates, salty nuts, and gooey peanut butter made one delicious truffle ‘dough,’ but I wanted more. I then decided to melt some coconut oil with honey and whisk in a dash of coconut powder. The mixture of the perfectly sweet and salty ‘cookie dough’ bites covered in smooth chocolate was pure magic.
Yes and yes.
And obviously, since it was Valentine’s Day, I added sprinkles.
The great thing about this recipe, is that it is versatile and pretty full proof. You don’t have to worry about experimenting with these treats.
A few notes about these truffles..
- Obviously, these are a healthy version. Don’t expect them to taste like a real truffle. Go in with healthy expectations. 😉
- I used mixed nuts in this version, but you can use any kind of nuts you want. I would recommend either salted mixed nuts, almonds, cashews, or a mixture of both.
- Tweak the coconut oil chocolate to your liking. I purposely made my coconut oil chocolate on the slightly bitter side, since the dough was sweet enough. Tweak to your liking.
- Make sure to freeze the dough before dunking into the chocolate. Although easy, this recipe is messy, so to save yourself a little on the mess side, please freeze the balls of dough before dunking into chocolate.
- Since the chocolate is made from coconut oil it is thinner than melted chocolate chips is. Since this is the case, I dunked my dough balls once and then pour chocolate over the tops once more, for a total of two times. Coat them as many times as you wish!
- 1 c. salted, mixed nuts (or 1 c. cashews and or almonds)
- 1/2 c. natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 c. pitted dates
- dash of salt
- dash of vanilla extract
- 1/3 c. coconut oil
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
For cookie dough:
Place all ingredients in high speed blender or food processor. Pulse until ingredients all come together to resemble cookie dough texture. Remove from blender and roll into balls with hands. Place onto cookie sheet and freeze for ten minutes.
For chocolate coating:
While your cookie dough freezes, prepare chocolate by putting coconut oil and honey in sauce pan and melting with low heat. Once melted, add in cocoa powder and salt and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat once combined and pour into a heat safe container.
Remove dough balls from freezer and dunk into the slightly cooled chocolate coating. Dunk or drizzle as many times as desired. Place back onto the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles if desired. Return to freezer and freeze until served.
We enjoyed these frozen and thawed! Eat whatever way you prefer. Enjoy!