This is kind of the best chocolate healthy person life hack in the whole world.
These naturally sweet whole food chocolate truffles are about to hit your mouth in their adorable little brownie-bite-esque form which is thee most perfect thing ever for an After Dinner Bite-Sized Something Sweet, and guess what? All the ingredients in these cutie pie chocolate truffles are healthful whole foods that basically make you glow on the spot. Eat, glow. Eat more, glow more. Maaaaagic.
I started eating these (and one million and one variations of them) as my little refined sugar free treat when we were doing those two months of life without refined sugar. As a result, I developed something of an obsession for dates and they now have a permanent spot on my grocery list because YUMMAY.
Sometimes I wonder what Baby Food Blogger Lindsay would think of this Hipster Foods on her Grocery List Lindsay, and also, when did I start to feel like it was an awesome idea for me to be using words like “Inner Goddess” in my recipe titles? Out. of. control. Thankfully the amazing-ness of these little round sprinkle-and-coconut-and-cocoa-coated chocolate babies distracts me from the weirdness on all levels. I don’t even think anymore – I just grab another inner goddess chocolate truffle (the sprinkle one, because inner goddesses love chocolate sprinkles?) and enjoy my ten seconds of chocolate bliss while the healthy glow basically overtakes me on the spot.
Annnd here’s that moment I show you a picture of dates soaking in hot water and you prepare to click the red x in the corner of the window. No waaaaaait! I can explain.
Just answer me this: have you bought/had/eaten/made food with dates? Because I’m thinking maybe you need to give these little uglies another chance. I know lots of people who have never taken the time seek them out and buy dates (which, BTW, Costco is our friend on this one!) and so they haven’t had the beautiful experience of tasting the naturally sweet caramely-like goodness that is disguised in that there wrinkly brown. Focus on the naturally sweet caramely-like goodness part, mmk?
I read on Sally’s blog that she soaks her dates in water prior to making a similar chocolate truffle to make them extra soft and sticky, and THAT WAS THE BEST IDEA EVER and that’s why my dates are taking a steam bath in that picture up there. I think they loved it. Thanks, Sally.
The beauty of this recipe is not only the healthy glow factor but also the simplicity factor.
Process ingredients, roll into balls, dip in decoration foods like sprinklesssss, and be done. AKA eat chocolate truffles all the live long day and be a chocolate princess. Or a chocolate prince! Oh my gosh. If you are a guy reading this post, I’m, like, super sorry for calling out your inner goddess with these fudgy chocolate truffles. Forgive?
And just so you know, even though this is more of a girly food blogger thing to do (I mean, who processes dates and nuts and cocoa powder and calls it a chocolate truffle? Uhh, MEEEE! Proudly.) I would just also like to add a quick note that Bjork really likes these and has been known to dig around in the freezer looking for “those little chocolate things” at any and all times of the day.
I guess it would be a nice wife thing if I were to stop hoarding them in a secret container for my own private stash, but, but…
Last thought of the Fri-Day –> our kitchen remodel is starting soon! I’ve been talking about it forevs like an annoying internet friend and now it’s actually going to start in less than ten days. ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh.
Even though we bought the house knowing that we would redo the kitchen, and even though I’ve been really looking forward to the change for, um, every single day since we moved in almost a year ago, I feel scared or nervous or something? What is it that I feel? I am a known stress avoider slash anxious soul, but is the Pre Remodel Nervousness normal?
I feel like a child playing house way more than I feel like a real adult making actual decisions about a kitchen remodel. Like, when does someone come and hold my hand and tell me exactly what I’m supposed to do and then give me a cookie and a glass of milk?
On a related note, we will definitely be displaced during the remodel, being a food blogger and all and needing things like A FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN, and since we have several conferences and other travel-ish things in October, we are contemplating a month (like literally a full month) on the road. A little cabin rental, a little work project completion, a fun time? This is either the most awesome thing ever or a completely horrible idea. I’m getting flustered thinking about the decision which is actually good timing – pass the truffles pleez.
If you have any feedback at all – should we stick around and live with my parents? (HI MOM, I’ll call you.) Should we take advantage of the time/freedom and get out of town for a little adventure? Should we fast forward time and just be done with the whole thing and have it be completely stress free? YEY!
I covet your experience, stories, and advice because I honestly feel like I am a five-year-old pretending to be thirty and responsible for big house things. HALP.
And with that, one more truffle.
Just in case I never fully explained the food (which I didn’t! distraction city over here) –
These truffles are actually made from dates soaked in water to soften and get extra yummy, and then are processed with nuts OF YOUR CHOICE YAY! and a little almond meal to help things stick, and then a good scoop of deep dark (or not) cocoa powder, a splash of vanilla, and a few generous pinches of sea salt because all chocolate needs a salty bite like that. Even though the chocolate sprinkles don’t fit the inner goddess healthy glow theme we have going on here, I have no shame admitting that they are my ultimate favorite to roll the truffles in because of their sprinkle-happy-texture. Do whatever you need to do, friends. For me, I need to do chocolate sprinkles. ♡
- 14 medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup nuts (any kind - I like to use pecans)
- ¾ cup almond meal (or any other finely ground nuts)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)
- cocoa, sprinkles, and flaked coconut for topping
- Soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
- Pulse the nuts, nut meal, and cocoa in a food processor until finely ground. Add the dates, vanilla and sea salt and pulse until a thick, sticky dough ball forms. Remove the dough ball from the food processor - taste and add any salt or other flavors you want (like peppermint extract around the holidays - yummay).
- Roll the dough into small balls - you should be able to get 18-24. Roll the balls in toppings of your choice like cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, or flaked coconut, or you can just leave them without any toppings for a not-super-cute-but-still-tastes-good snack. Place on a baking sheet and store in the freezer until they are hard enough not to stick together. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.