Chocolate Quinoa Truffles

How does one really say no to truffles? Especially during the holidays? I know, I know, you feel guilty, though, right? Well, what if I gave you the perfect excuse to say YES. Divya from Flavour Fiesta is getting a head start on holiday treats, rolling little balls of chocolate quinoa truffles that’s sure to satisfy all you chocoholics out there…

Traditional chocolate truffles are definitely not the healthiest of desserts because they have plenty of sugar and saturated animal fat (from the cream), but they are pretty delicious. The good thing about truffles is the portion size. Since they are small, yet decadent, it’s hard to have too many. Since I miss eating truffles, I wanted to create something with skin-friendly, healthy ingredients that would be just as satisfying.

I recently discovered coconut butter and I’ve been itching to use it in a recipe for dessert. If you haven’t ever tried it, I urge you to bring out your food processor and blitz up some shredded coconut until it becomes silky smooth. That’s all you have to do and voila, you have coconut butter. It’s like a spoonful of heaven!
After spending a lazy afternoon experimenting in the kitchen, I came with these 10-minute truffles that are absolutely delish! They are packed with nutrient-rich ingredients such as coconut butter, almond butter, quinoa puffs, dried cherries and of course the star ingredient – chocolate. Healthy, quick and they have chocolate – could it get any better?

makes 10-12 truffles

1/4 cup chocolate coconut butter
1/3 cup quinoa puffs
1/4 cup cherries
1/6 cup roasted unsalted almonds
2 tbsp almond butter

Step 1: Soften the coconut butter by heating it gently. I like to the place the jar under some hot running water until the coconut butter is soft enough to remove from the jar easily.
Step 2: In a food processor, pulse the cherries and almonds until coarsely chopped.
Step 3: Mix all the ingredients and form small truffles by moulding the mixture by hand. Refrigerate until hardened. Serve cold or at room temperature. Enjoy!

As we are rapidly approaching December, I’m sure the office Christmas chocolates are getting the better of you. But not to worry, you can easily make your own decadent chocolate truffles minus the guilt – just substitute in a couple of antioxidant-rich, beauty-approved ingredients and voila! Bring these to work, and you just might see a promotion come your way…

Chocolate Coconut Butter: Made with dark chocolate and blended coconut, this healthier alternative to Nutella fuses the benefits of dark cocoa-derived antioxidants with coconut-derived minerals. Yes, breaking up with Nutella suddenly got a whole lot easier… not to mention, my skin is thanking me!
Quinoa Puffs: Quinoa contains the full spectrum of amino acids that we need in our diet, many of which serve as the building blocks for our skin. As a puff, quinoa is even more fun to eat, don’t you think?
Cherries: Not only are cherries my most favourite fruit of all fruits, but they are loaded with anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant that will keep free radicals at bay! Cherries also possess anti-inflammatory abilities that could help suppress rebellious skin types.
Almonds: Did you know that almonds are considered one of the most ‘nutritionally-dense’ nuts? Yup, with flavonoids and skin-healing Vitamin E, you’ll be happy they made their way into your truffles.
Almond Butter: Calcium, fiber, protein, folic acid, and vitamin E are only several of the many good-for-you nutrients in almond butter. Almond butter is also low in saturated fat, meaning in addition to lovelier complexions, you can worry less about this butter adding inches to your hips.

Let us know how it goes – leave a comment!


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