All-time BEST dessert recipe ever – and it’s healthy!

Truffles!A Healthy Halloween?

It’s that time of year again. And no, I’m not talking Christmas.

Store shelves are stocked with extra candy. Kids are planning their costumes. And you’re probably wondering how you can manage to get by this Halloween without putting on any extra weight.

It’s not easy with trick-or-treat, parties, and more. People are spreading the spirit: not love and good cheer, but sugar! And when you have a weakness for sugar, this can be one of the hardest times to deal with temptation.

You can start with giving yourself permission to enjoy what you’re eating. How do you do that?

If, this Halloween, your motto becomes “I won’t give in, I won’t enjoy any sweets,” then what have you accomplished? Well, if you’ve stuck to it, you’re likely feeling proud of yourself – but also like you’ve been missing out.

And if you did give in? Well, that probably doesn’t feel good either. You were probably SO focused on the fact that you shouldn’t eating it, that you may not even have enjoyed it – the guilt eclipsed any pleasure you might have had in the first place!

Let’s say you gave yourself permission to enjoy it.  Doesn’t the experience become a LOT better? Can’t you revel in that taste you enjoy even more?

Yes, sugar is addictive. It’s a hard habit to kick.

But you can also treat yourself to other desserts. Don’t look for “sugar-free,” as this usually means the food contains artificial sweeteners. A number of these, though low in calories, can have very negative side effects.

What’s a good option? Well, here’s one recipe to start you off: my Magical Chocolate Truffles!

Magical Chocolate Truffles

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 8 dates, pitted and lightly soaked (Medjool dates are preferable)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao + 1/4 cup for dusting

Where to find the ingredients:

  • Dates and coconut oil should be relatively easy to find.
  • Agave will be likely be shelved with sweeteners or other healthy products.
  • Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate, straight from the bean. It can be expensive, and difficult to find. For a less expensive version that will still give you a similar great taste and healthy benefits, look for cocoa powder. Make sure you find one that doesn’t have any additives.
  • Cocoa butter can be the most difficult to find. I have had the most luck in Whole Foods, where it is usually found in the “body” section. Just double-check that what you’re buying is PURE, with NO additives – otherwise, it might not be fit to eat!

Special Equipment: Food processor

Directions:

  1. If your dates are stale, soak them in water for up to 15 minutes.
  2. Blend cocoa butter and coconut oil in food processor until soft and emulsified.
  3. Add pitted dates, blend.
  4. Add agave nectar, blend. The consistenty of your mixture should be very uniform.
  5. Add raw cacao or cocoa powder (only 3/4 C), blend.
  6. Store in the refrigerator to harden, about 20 minutes.
  7. Once cool, scoop and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls, and dust by rolling in the extra raw cacao / cocoa powder.
  8. Store in air-tight container at room temperature, up to 2 weeks.

Get creative: Consider adding dried fruit or nuts, either into the mixture or as part of the coating.

Leave your comments below – how did you like them?

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