In between breakfast, lunch and dinner I always ensure I have healthy snacks to keep my metabolism working effectively which is why many of my recipes are created for this purpose. You may have heard of protein balls that are all the rage these days but they often use a protein powder whereas I prefer to use more wholesome ingredients that I can blend and mix myself without additives that I can’t control.
This recipe for my fruit and nut chocolate truffles is a healthy source of energy that offers you a steady energy hit as well as a good dose of protein and omega-3 fats from the nuts. They are so easy to make and they are a healthy twist on buttery and fattening chocolate truffles.
½ cup (125g) toasted almonds
½ cup (125g) toasted walnuts, pepitas or sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon peanut butter or tahini paste
1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder
10 dried apricots
10 dried dates (or prunes)
1 teaspoon flaxseeds
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional as you can use water instead)
- Soak the dried fruits by covering with a small amount of boiling water and leave for 20 mins.
- Add all of the ingredients and the soaked fruit (reserve the water the fruit soaked in) and blend with a hand-held blender.
- Add one tablespoon of fruit water (or plain water) at a time to achieve a thick and sticky consistency. Make sure you don’t add too much water as the truffles will become too wet to shape.
- Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture and roll into balls and roll through some organic cocoa powder, desiccated coconut or coffee.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before enjoying.
* Try using a coffee or spice grinder to blend dried pepitas or goji berries to create a terrific colourful powder to roll these truffle balls through, the green and red looks especially festive at Christmas time.
** Store these truffles in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for up to 5 days. I personally love eating them straight from the freezer as an after dinner treat with a big mug of tea.
*** These truffles make an excellent gift so get creative with your decorating; consider drizzling the truffles with dark chocolate and sprinkling with dry strawberry powder.