Recipe: Cocoa-Nut Energy Truffles

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So, as you may know if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m currently in the midst of Whole30 number three.  (Can I get a woot, woot!)  I realize the Whole30 program isn’t for everyone, but it definitely works for me.  I feel lighter, fresher, and more inspired when I’m eating Paleo or Paleo-ish, so I try to eat that way as much as possible.  Every so often, though, I feel as though I’ve fallen into a trap of eating too much sugar and too many refined carbs.  So when I start to get sluggish and dull-feeling, I know it’s time to hit that nutritional reset button and do another Whole30.  (You can read some of my thoughts about the Whole30 program here.)

During my first Whole30, I made an effort to whip up energy bites (basically, at home Larabar-esque truffle hacks) for Emma and me to snack upon between meals or before workouts.  They’re easy and they’re a lot cheaper than buying piles of Larabars.  (Don’t mistake me: I do that, too.)  Early on in my second Whole30, Emma sent me a fab birthday gift which included several flavors of energy bites from her co-op (and hubby picked some up at our co-op as a surprise, too… so I had lots).  I stretched the co-op energy bites through the entire Whole30 and never had to make any of my own.  This time, I thought it’d be fun to experiment with a few different flavors of energy bites, and here’s the first.  Presenting: Cocoa-Nut Energy Truffles.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package Dole pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 2 heaping tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
  • 1-2 heaping tbsp. plain cocoa powder*

*I used 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and my energy truffles came out with only the barest hint of chocolate flavor.  If you’re just looking for a whisper of chocolate, use 1 tablespoon, but if you want something fudgier, up the quantity to two heaping tablespoons.  I’ll be making that modification the next time I whip these truffles up.

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) or powerful food processor.  Process until mixture is the consistency of heavy wet sand.  (You’re welcome for the visual.)
  • Decant mixture into a bowl.  It should look like this:

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  • Knead with your hands until all ingredients are fully combined, and the batter comes together like so:

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  • Roll into two-bite sized balls.  If desired, roll balls in extra coconut flakes or cocoa powder.  (I left mine plain and they were perfectly fine.  Refrigerated, they do not stick together.)
  • Store in the fridge and enjoy a few at a time anytime you need a little pick-me-up!

These little bites are a great dessert treat, pre-workout fuel, or pick-me-up any time of day.  There’s some debate about whether 100% natural cocoa powder is permissible on the Whole30, and even the program’s founders don’t agree.  Personally, I agree that cocoa powder is much like cinnamon – it could be reminiscent of a non-Whole30 treat, but if you’re not using it as a crutch then it’s fine.  I think that the negligible amount of cocoa powder spread throughout these little bites (particularly when you consider the health benefits) is n.b.d.  So go ahead.  Enjoy!

Yield: approximately 15-20 truffles, depending on size.

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  1. Pingback: A Day of Eats, Whole 30 Style | Covered In Flour

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