Ever since starting the Health Coach Training Program with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition last month, I have been challenging myself to find and recreate easy, yet healthy, recipes. Of course, I love nothing more than coming across a recipe for a sweet treat, which is just what happened when I stumbled on these chocolate peanut butter truffles (that are also vegan and gluten free) on Rachel’s Instagram page for her blog, Bakerita.
What could be simpler than mixing four ingredients together and ending up with these decadent truffles? Um, nothing. So, after reading the recipe, I headed to the store to pick up Medjool dates (from Trader Joe’s), coconut flour (from my local Stop & Shop), peanut butter, and dark chocolate (the latter two ingredients I actually had at home). I love the Justin’s peanut butter because it’s not too sweet, but pretty much any peanut butter brand will do.
Once you have all of the ingredients ready, it’s time to get baking—if you can even call it that. Rachel’s recipe suggests that the dates be soft, which mine were not. So, I soaked them in hot water for 10 minutes to soften them up before I removed the pit and chopped them a little. I used my Magic Bullet to blend the dates, coconut flour, and peanut butter together—which worked—but I would suggest using a stronger blender or food processor to really get the job done efficiently.
After all of the ingredients were mixed, I rolled the mixture into small balls—making about 15 truffles. Then, I melted one cup of dark chocolate chips in the microwave, let it cool for a few minutes, and started to dip my peanut butter balls into the chocolate.
Finally, I sprinkled some Trader Joe’s sea salt on top as the chocolate was hardening. And, voilà, delicious chocolate peanut butter truffles were ready for consumption in mere minutes.
For storage, I utilized two of the empty Talenti gelato containers I had (I knew they would come in handy for something) to keep the truffles in, and I popped one batch in the fridge and the other in the freezer to enjoy at a later date.
This was such a simple recipe and I love that I was able to create a healthier version of my favorite sweet treat in no time. I’m bringing a batch of truffles with me to the office today and I have no doubt that my co-workers will love them as much as I do!