I used to make sugar and chocolate-laden ones as Christmas gifts years ago. But now that our family is trying to eat more healthfully, I have passed up my old truffle recipe in search of a fresh alternative.
Well, I finally found one. Here is a great recipe for a treat that you and your family can indulge in while knowing that they are really good for you.
My inspiration for these came from Real Sustenance, a website dedicated to raw foods. I found this recipe about one month ago and just had to try it.
True to my ways, I changed up the recipe a bit with new ingredients and a money-saving twist– and boy, do we have another winner this time.
The idea to roll them in coconut came from Kelly of The Nourishing Home. I should have thought of it myself, since I rolled my other homemade truffles in cocoa, coconut and chopped nuts. Ah well, sometimes we all need a reminder of good things.)
We even had friends over yesterday who do not have any dietary restrictions and they LOVED them. In fact, my dear friend's daughter can be a picky eater and she kept asking for more “cookies” :-).
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Nut Butter Truffles (special diet options)
1 1/2 cups coconut flour (to save money, simply grind shredded coconut. 3 cups coconut ground will yield approximately 1 1/2 cups*)
3/4 cup almond butter (almond butter is wonderful, but any nut or seed butter will work. You may need to add more coconut flour or flax if the resultant mix is too thin.)
9 T sweetener of choice (if you use granulated, add 4 Tbsp water as well. Note: if using pre-sweetened seed or nut butters like SunButter, reduce sweetener accordingly. If using stevia extract, try 4-5 scoops.)
3 T ground flax
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt (I recommend Real Salt)
Extra carob and/or shredded coconut for rolling
- Add all ingredients (except sweetener, if using granulated) to a medium-size bowl.
- If using granulated sweetener, mix sweetener and water in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until sweetener dissolves. You could also powder the sweetener to make it easier to blend. See my post on Powdered Sugar Substitute.
- Mix well until all ingredients are blended.
- Roll mixture into small balls. You can also use a small stainless scoop (I love this one) for easier and less messy rolling.
Why these truffles are great:
- They are raw, so you can benefit from increased nutrition
- They are simple to prepare – no baking required
- The recipe is variable so you can “make do” with whatever you have in your home
- They are packed with nutrition from nuts or seeds, coconut, and flax (a powerhouse of omega 3s)
- A lot cheaper than buying fancy chocolates and such
NOTE: Ground coconut isn't really coconut flour but it works pretty well in this recipe.
How about passing this recipe onto your kids or your husband so that they can whip up a batch (or two) for you on Mother's Day or some other holiday? They are so easy to make that they can make them with almost no help!
More tasty and healthy snacks:
Do you have a healthy favorite sweet treat that you would like to share?