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Eat Well Dec. 24. 2013
Desserts

Peppermint Chocolate Truffles

Dec. 24. 2013
Desserts
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I’m here to share a quick recipe post for you all, especially if you’re still looking for a quick sweet treat to make for tonight or this week. Peppermint Chocolate Truffles are a perfect way to celebrate one of the classic flavors of Christmas, peppermint. These little beauties are raw (a.k.a. no cooking required!), gluten free, and vegan friendly.

Easy to make (check), delicious (check), healthy (check). These truffles are also high in fiber, plant protein, and healthy fats. I love using chewy sweet dates, crunchy nuts, rich cocoa, and peppermint extract for the flavoring.

OPTIONAL // you can certainly use crushed peppermint candies to roll the truffles in for a crunchy outer coating, I actually prefer just the peppermint extract inside the truffle. Also, look for peppermint candies that use no high fructose corn syrup and other funky things like artificial colorings and flavors- Trader Joe’s has a great option if you choose to use the crushed candies (they use only natural food coloring and flavor).

Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 24+
A delicious peppermint chocolate truffle using only natural, whole food ingredients. GF VEG Raw
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup (or more) of your favorite mint dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • peppermint candies (garnish)
Instructions
  1. Depending on how soft your dates are, you may need to soak for at least 20 minutes to soften. If already soft skip this step.
  2. First grind all the nuts, set aside.
  3. Add dates into a blender or food processor and pulse, adding in ground nuts gradually until mixture combines.
  4. In a large bowl mixture all remaining ingredients and combine with your hands until a large ball forms.
  5. Chill this mixture for at least 5 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Take out the chilled mixture and roll into tablespoon size balls.
  7. OPTIONAL // In a small ziploc bag place about 1/2 cup peppermint candies and crush with a wooden spoon, hand, etc. until the peppermint candies are completely broken.
  8. Roll each ball into crushed peppermint candies.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Store in the freezer or fridge for leftovers

Peppermint Chocolate Truffles are ready to be served! I hope you all enjoy these bite-sized truffles as much as I do! Please share this recipe with others and be sure to “SAVE” this recipe in your Recipe Box for next year as well. I’ll be back next Tuesday, I’m taking some time off to relax, enjoy, and energize.

Happy holidays everyone,

With lots of love and gratitude,

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 24+

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup (or more) of your favorite mint dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • peppermint candies (garnish)

Directions:

  1. Depending on how soft your dates are, you may need to soak for at least 20 minutes to soften. If already soft skip this step.
  2. First grind all the nuts, set aside.
  3. Add dates into a blender or food processor and pulse, adding in ground nuts gradually until mixture combines.
  4. In a large bowl mixture all remaining ingredients and combine with your hands until a large ball forms.
  5. Chill this mixture for at least 5 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Take out the chilled mixture and roll into tablespoon size balls.
  7. OPTIONAL // In a small ziploc bag place about 1/2 cup peppermint candies and crush with a wooden spoon, hand, etc. until the peppermint candies are completely broken.
  8. Roll each ball into crushed peppermint candies.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Store in the freezer or fridge for leftovers

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  • Deborah

    Thank you for sharing this delicious looking recipe! May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Now I know what to do with all those left over Peppermint Sticks. Thanks for the great idea.

  • These look incredible! Hope you had an amazing Christmas!

  • Yum these look so good! I made raw peppermint brownies with a vanilla cashew frosting on my blog at the beginning of the month that were really similar but I’m definitely going to try your method soon!

  • Christina

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!! Just made them and I keep them in the freezer and pull one out every time I need a little something (which is more often than I’d like.) But unlike super sugary traditional treats these have none of those awful sugar-sugary side affects. For anyone wondering, as I was, about how fine to grind the nuts I would say quite fine but not powdery. The little nut pieces give it a great texture. Thanks again!