These tasty little cocoa spheres taste just as indulgent as the best chocolate truffles but they’re full of only good, healthy stuff, and average only 52 calories each. In fact, these healthy chocolate truffles only have three ingredients and can be made in your blender or processor with no cooking or melting or anything. So pretty much perfect for a homemade healthy Christmas gift when you don’t have time to spare.
Although, if I’m being honest, they’re pretty much perfect for any time of year. I keep them in the fridge for a healthy energy boost and call them ‘energy balls’ if I’m being all fitnessy, or ‘chocolate truffles’ if I want to feel indulgent 🙂
These little tasty morsels started off life as an alternative to my usual energy balls, but I wanted to add a chocolatey hit, just for something a little bit different. After playing around with the recipe, I realised that they were so rich and fudgey that they were definitely more of a healthy chocolate truffle, and the perfect indulgence.
The good news is that you need only 3 basic ingredients (nothing weird), and a blender, and that’s pretty much it. After that you just need to shape your truffles, cover some in coconut to make them look pretty, and whack them in the fridge. That’s really it.
Calories in a Choc Truffle (if you’re bothered)
Your average storebought truffle weighs around 12 grams and contains 77 calories each.
These homemade healthy truffles are around 42 calories each if you make them the same size.
I usually make my homemade truffles a little bigger, just because a heaped teaspoon is around 15 grams and that’s easier than having to weigh out 12 grams each time. Plus, you know, rolling 28 truffles is a lot easier than having to roll 35 smaller ones, so there’s probably a bit of laziness there too.
Either way, they’re still healthier and lower in calories than a regular chocolate truffle.
The Downside and the Upside
The only downside to making these healthy truffles is that things can, and do, get a little messy in the rolling. I usually wash my hands a couple of times (or more) when I’m rolling them to shape.
On the upside, though, not only are these babies lower in calories you also have a lot less fat and they have a high fibre content. You definitely don’t get a fibre hit with the regular unhealthy type of truffle.
So let’s get making them.
Making the Healthy Truffles
- 2 cups (280g) chopped dates
- 2/3 cup (55g) dessicated coconut (plus extra for decoration)
- 1/2 cup cocoa (50g)
- 2 tbsp water
- Whizz your dates in a blender or processor with the water.
- Add the coconut and cocoa and mix again until well blended.
- Add some more water if things aren’t blending very well.
- Tip a tablespoon or two of coconut onto a plate, if you want to decorate your truffles.
Scoop out a slightly heaped teaspoon of mixture and roll it into a ball. You can weigh this first one to make sure you have a feel for the kind of size you’re looking for. I recommend an average of 15 grams each one, but it’s totally up to you. Some will be a bit bigger, and some a bit smaller, and that’s fine.
- Roll it in coconut if you wish, and put on a plate or tray. I roll about half of mine just for a bit of variation.
- Once you’ve rolled all your truffles, and washed your hands several times in between, you can pop your plate of healthy truffles into the fridge to firm up.
- Once firm, you can put them in a food bag or container and store them in the fridge.
Indulge when necessary. Which will probably be quite a bit.
Each truffle is 52 calories
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