Are you looking for decadent yet guilt-free snacks to fulfil your sweet-tooth needs? Try this simple recipe of chocolate truffles convenient to bring to school, work, or to your family, friends and loved ones! Better still, these are vegan and gluten-free!
These snacks are highly nutritious packed with healthy fats, natural sweeteners, vitamins and sources of protein. Plus, it’s super convenient and only requires 3 ingredients! Pitted dates, avocados and cacao powder. Simple, right?
Truffles are delicious, but replacing the processed ingredients with natural ingredients are a bonus! Both avocados and dates are packed with health benefits essential to your nutritional needs. Avocados are high in healthy fats, in fact, 70% of the calories consists of fat - but don't worry! These mono-unsaturated fats contain over 20 vitamins and minerals to help decrease risks of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They are high in fibre which help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Dates, where shall we begin? They are great as energy-boosters and with their high fibre content, increases satiety thus preventing overeating or unhealthy snacking. Furthermore, dates are rich in potassium and iron and so are an easy, grab-and-go healthy snack especially for those who are anaemic or those who tend to experience low blood sugar levels. There are a plentiful benefits of dates. No wonder eating dates to break our fast during Ramadan is considered as a blessing!
Cacao beans are seeds from the Theobroma (translated as 'food of the gods') tree, native to South America. Cacao is rich in antioxidants and contain heart-healthy and cancer-fighting compounds called anthocyanidins. Cacao also helps improve your mood by elevating your serotonin levels. One more dark chocolate, please. What's the difference between cocoa and cacao, you might ask? Cacao is the tree while cocoa is the product made from cacao. Here's a tip: to reap the most benefits from cacao, use raw cacao powder. Enjoy the recipe below!
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 10 pitted dates (soaked in water the night before)
- 1 cup of raw cacao powder (save some for coating the truffles!)
- Mix all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
- Roll them into ball-shaped forms.
- Coat them with your favourite ingredient!
Once the truffles are made, you can coat them with some more cacao powder. Be adventurous with coating your truffles. My personal favourites are goji berries, coconut flakes, walnuts, even or a light coating of melted dark chocolate on top. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?