Chocolate truffles

How often are you still not completely satisfied after an entire meal full of goodies? To me, it happens almost every day. I usually crave something sweet after lunch  to enjoy on my way to class or after dinner whilst watching a movie. However, even though my go-to treat is usually 85% dark chocolate from Lindt, that can get a bit boring, too. This is why I have decided to create these healthy (Vegan) energy truffles. They contain dates, which is are a fast-releasing carbohydrate (perfect for when your blood sugar levels are a bit low) but they also contain chia seeds (high in Omega 3), peanut butter and coconut oil, which all provide healthy fatty-acids and that will make sure you don’t become hungry again half an hour after having had one.

You’ll need

220 g of pitted medjool dates

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

2,5 tbsp coconut oil

1,5 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp organic peanut butter

2 tbsp shredded coconut

3 tbsp (rolled) oats

Optional: extra cacao powder and shredded coconut to top the bites.

Steps

  1. Pit the medjool dates if you haven’t done so already.
  2. Then heat the coconut oil on a medium heat until melted and add the raw cacao powder.
  3. Place the medjool dates, the melted mixture and the organic peanut butter in to a (strong) blender, blend until everything is smooth and there are no large bits of dates left.
  4. Then add the chia seeds, shredded coconut and oats in to the blender. Continue blending until smooth. Your mixture should now feel firm and you should be able to roll little balls with your hands.
  5. Start rolling the bites, mine were approximately 2 centimeters wide but you can choose to make smaller ones, too. I wouldn’t recommend making them too big as they might not stick together as well because of their weight (plus, you’ll end up with more so win win!).
  6. Once that is done you have the option of rolling them in to raw cacao powder and/or shredded coconut (it just looks cute). Simply place either topping in to a little tupperware box or on a plate and roll the bites around until they are entirely covered.
  7. Lastly, the hardest part. Place them in the fridge for at least 45-60min.

When and how much? 

1 per serving

On (weight) training days (as a post-workout treat or dessert): Because dates are naturally quite high in glucose and fructose (+ they are a fast-releasing carbohydrate), you’ll want to have these as a way to quickly get your blood sugar levels up. However, they are still treats so if you are trying to watch your weight or lose fat I wouldn’t have them on cardio days or rest days, which are the days you’ll want to limit your carbohydrate intake.

On cardio days (as a post-workout treat): if you do decide to have them on cardio days, have them after a long run or HIIT session when you need a fast supply of glucose.

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