So it’s Christmas day and by this stage you have probably already ploughed your way through hours of pre-dinner drinks and nibbles and then a huge Christmas banquet, I’m sure most of you wonder where on earth you are going to find room for a big serve of Christmas pudding or trifle right?! Well this is a problem I seem to face just about every year anyway, so I find its great to keep some lighter sweet options on hand for anyone struggling to find room for dessert!
In keeping with my passion for trying to create healthier versions of all of our “not-so-healthy” favourite foods I thought why not re-invent the traditional calorie-laiden chocolate truffles into a healthier version?… And here is what I came up with: Healthy Chocolate Ginger Spiced Truffles…Aka My Choc Protein Balls with a Christmassy twist!)
A healthier nutrition packed version filled with heart healthy fats, antioxidants and natural sugars!
Healthy Chocolate Ginger Spiced Truffles
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
- 1 cup dried, pitted dates or pitted medjool dates
- ½ cup raw cacao or good quality cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup dried goji berries
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- cocoa or desiccated coconut for rolling
- Note: you could also add in some chopped glaze ginger for a little extra zing and flavour or even some cacao nibs for an extra chocolatey fix!
What to do….
Place the almonds, oats, cocoa and spices in a food processor and blend to combine. Then add the dates and blend until it forms a dough-like consistency. You may need a splash of water to bind the mixture together. If the mixture becomes too sticky and wet, try adding more oats or cocoa powder.
Next add in the goji berries and mix with a spoon or your hands to combine…Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty – its half the fun!
Roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls, roll them in the desiccated coconut and then place in an air tight container in the freezer until ready to eat!
I find they taste best still slightly frozen and firm so keep them hidden in the freezer until time to serve!
Enjoy… in moderation!