Cocoa Oat Truffles

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 16, 2012

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I am a sucker for all things chocolate.

Especially truffles.

Especially that first bite of a truffle, when that luscious chocolate coats your tongue and makes you want to just eat chocolate truffles all day long.

Of course, chocolatey desserts are a once-in-a-while treat for me – because I wouldn’t say they’re the healthiest things in the world 🙂

So for Valentine’s Day weekend I set out with the task of recreating that luscious feeling of a chocolate truffle, without all of the cream and fat that normally goes into the recipe.

Did I succeed?

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Yes! Thanks to a recipe from my friends at the Whole Foods Wellness Club in Oakland.

And would you believe that each of these little bites of heaven have only 60 calories, 2.6g fat, 6g sugar, 1.5g fiber, 1.7g protein and NO cream, butter, or chocolate?

It’s true.

On top of that, the husband actually liked these! When he bit into one yesterday morning, he said, “Wow these are actually good. How did you make these sweet?”

Thanks to some wonderful Medjool Dates and Almond Butter, no sugar was needed.

And thanks to my food processor, making the “batter” for these truffles took all of 5 minutes.

This is the perfect holiday dessert to impress your family and friends!

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

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The Directions

Step 1: Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground.

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Step 2: Add dates, 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon and process until finely ground and slightly sticking together.

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When it’s done, it will look like this loose batter:

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Step 3: Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll truffle mixture into balls (2 or 3 tsp per truffle), pressing firmly for mixture to stick together. Note: if you use 2 tsp per truffle, you will end up with 40 calories per truffle. If you use 3 tsp per truffle, you will end up with 60 calories per truffle.

I also spread the “batter” out on a plate because it was easier to scoop up with my 1 tsp measure.

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After a few presses in between my hands, I ended up with these perfect little cocoa balls. Note: do not roll the batter in your hands (to form a ball) – it will fall apart. Make sure to press it firmly with your fingers/hands until it binds together, kind of like if you were playing with play-dough 🙂

You will end up with balls that look like this:

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Step 4: Roll truffles in cocoa powder and chill until ready to serve.

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I chilled these for about an hour in the fridge, and they tasted divine when they were fully chilled. Keeping them cold also helps them to stay together in a truffle-like-form.

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Rolling these in the unsweetened cocoa powder after making them just added that little something extra to make them feel like a decadent dessert.

This recipe will make 30 truffles if you are using 3 tsp per truffle; and if you are using 2 tsp per truffle, you will end up with 45 balls. These are vegan, and if you use gluten-free oats – can be made gluten-free as well.

And at 40-60 calories a piece, with all natural, good-for-you ingredients, this is a dessert you can feel good about eating!

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Cocoa Oat Truffles

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 30-45 servings

Serving Size: 1 truffle

Calories per serving: 40.9-61.4

Fat per serving: 1.7g-2.6g

If using 2 tsp per truffle, makes 45 servings. Per serving: 40.9 calories, 1.7g fat, 1g fiber, 4g sugar, 1.1g protein

If using 3 tsp per truffle, makes 30 servings. Per serving: 61.4 calories, 2.6g fat, 1.5g fiber, 6g sugar, 1.7g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add dates, 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon and process until finely ground and slightly sticking together (it will form a loose batter).
  3. Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll truffle mixture into balls (2 or 3 tsp per truffle), pressing firmly for mixture to stick together. Note: if you use 2 tsp per truffle, you will end up with 40 calories per truffle. If you use 3 tsp per truffle, you will end up with 60 calories per truffle. I also spread the “batter” out on a plate because it was easier to scoop up with my 1 tsp measure. After a few presses in between my hands, I ended up with these perfect little cocoa balls. Note: do not roll the batter in your hands (to form a ball) – it will fall apart. Make sure to press it firmly with your fingers/hands until it binds together, kind of like if you were playing with play-dough.
  4. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and chill until ready to serve (I chilled mine for about 1 hour).

Notes

Recipe from the Whole Foods Wellness Club

http://pickyeaterblog.com/cocoa-oat-truffles/

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

RP December 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

How would this work if you substituted the cocoa powder with a chocolate flavoured whey protein?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

You know, I’m honestly not sure. It depends on the consistency of the whey protein powder. It might work ok – but it would definitely add more calories and sugar to the recipe – so I’d recommend just sticking to the unsweetened cocoa powder. Plus, with the whey protein, you won’t get the antioxidant benefits that the unsweetened cocoa powder has. Hope that helps!

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kitchen queen December 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

What a perfect guilt free truffle. Do visit my space in your free time please. This going on my to do list!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love these truffles!

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Joy December 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

The truffles look great!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Thanks Joy!! You have to let me know if you end up making them! 🙂

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 18, 2012 at 5:29 am

healthy truffles– yay! they look delicious 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thanks Elizabeth!! You really can’t go wrong with this healthy dessert 🙂

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Magdalen December 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

These look so yummy, but unfortunately I can’t get Medjool dates where I live. Do you think if I increased the liquid a little I could use can sugar, or reduce it and use maple syrup?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

You don’t have to use Medjool dates, any dates will work just fine! And you can pick up fresh dates at pretty much any grocery store. If you can’t find fresh dates, try using dried dates. I wouldn’t recommend using sugar or maple syrup because you won’t get the same consistency for the truffles. Hope that helps!

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Marissa January 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

These are so great! They look similar to the homemade larabar recipes I’ve seen on the web. These are really delicious!!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm

That’s a great comparison Marissa! These really are like homemade LaraBars – just more bite-sized 🙂 So glad you liked this recipe!

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Kirsten February 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Is there a substitute for the almond butter that doesn’t contain nuts?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Hmmm you could try sunflower butter (since that’s made from seeds, not nuts) and see how it goes? It would change the flavor of the truffles though, sunflower butter has a very strong, distinct flavor, so it probably won’t taste the same as this recipe! It’s worth a try — let me know if you end up using sunflower butter and how it turns out!

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Patti February 7, 2014 at 5:37 am

You totally rock! Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes, blogs, and everything you do. These are soooo goood!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Awwww thanks so much Patti!! You are so sweet 🙂 Glad you liked this recipe!

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