Sunday, December 23, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles


Better yet, healthy truffles.

Truffles made from a base of dried figs, chickpeas, and extra dark cocoa powder, and rolled in minty crushed starlight candy.

Truffles that don't taste like they're made from beans.

Truffles that will absolutely... blow... you... away.

These incredible Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are like nothing you've ever eaten before.

They're rich and chocolaty with a perfect texture, and a crunchy coating of peppermint.  So satisfying they'll taste as guilt inducing as Godiva.

And yet, they're nowhere close.

Each and every one of these delightful little truffles will do your body no harm.  Like mentioned before, they're made mainly from dried figs, beans, and extra dark cocoa powder.  But it's getter better, or better for you at least.  In the entire batch of truffles, there is only one tablespoon of honey (and no other sweetner).  And, these truffle are super easy.  Just blend and roll.

So why not indulge in a healthier way this Christmas?  I certainly will be!

Chocolate Peppermint Truffles - adapted from this recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (of from a can, drain and rinse very well)
  • 130 grams dried figs
  • 5 tbsp extra dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • starlight mints, for crushing (about 8 should be enough)
Combine chickpeas and figs in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.  Add in cocoa powder, vanilla, honey, and egg whites, and process again until thoroughly combined.  Scoop mixture into a plastic bag and refridgerate for at least 20 minutes.  Form into approximately 1 tsp balls.  Place mints in a small bag and crush them into a fine dust with a hammer or similar tool.  Just before serving truffles, roll them in peppermints.  Leftovers will keep in fridge for 1 week, and can also be frozen to last longer.

Feel free to leave the mints off of these truffles too.  They still taste yummy and it makes the whole process even faster.

However, I gotta say, smashing the candies into dust is strangely statisfying and would probably be a great stress reliever.  So, you know, if the stress of the holidays is getting to you, I recommend you don't skip the mints :)

Happy holidays everyone!

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