These peppermint truffles are not only delicious and decadent, they are a healthy holiday dessert option. Packed with energy and made from dates and other natural ingredients (like a homemade Larabar), these mint chocolate bites will leave you guilt free this holiday season!
Guilt-free truffles. How’s that for a selling point?
I mentioned my recent decision not to eat wheat (at all) or sugar (when possible), and let me just tell you that right before the holidays was a tough time to start this plan. Might not have been my smartest decision… or was it?
I’ve been challenged to think outside the box of my normal holiday treats, and I’m thrilled to be able to share this brilliant little recipe with you all for Ella Claire’s holiday recipe group. Don’t miss all the amazing treats linked at the bottom of this post.
But back to the truffles… I’ve been making some date-based bars lately as a little treat, so I thought I’d adapt those for some more dessert-style bites. Roll them in cocoa, and you’d never know they weren’t all chocolate.
And they are so easy to make. Chop the nuts and chocolate in a food processor, then the dates and flavors, then mix it all together….
Guilt Free Peppermint Truffles
These date-based peppermint truffles are gluten free and without any added sugar. Rich, decadent, and delicious, these truffles are your perfect holiday treat!
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 70% cacao if possible
- 1/2 cup roasted cashews (or almonds)
- 16 oz pitted dates (approx 3-4 cups)
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 2 tsp warm water
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
Dump your chocolate chips and nuts in your food processor and chop until until finely ground. Set aside.
Put dates, cocoa, water, and peppermint extract in food processor and process until paste like.
Add the chocolate and nuts in with the date mixture and process until evenly mixed.
Dust your hands with cocoa powder to keep the dough from sticking to them and roll 1" balls.
Roll finished bites in cocoa to complete the look.
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And for more amazing holiday treats, be sure to visit the recipes below!