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Photo by Laura Marquis
February 21, 2016

With the perfect smooth and rich filling, these Chocolate Truffles satisfy even the most sinful chocolate lover’s taste buds! They're beautiful enough to make as a statement piece for after dinner but also easy enough to make at home any night of the week.

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Chocolate Truffles

Makes 20 to 24

Ingredients for the Truffle Base

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup cacao powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 fresh Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup dried Bing cherries
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
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Preparation

1. Process all dry ingredients together until a flour-like consistency in the food processor. Add pitted dates and cherries. Process until dough turns into ball.

2. Add remaining ingredients and process until an even consistency.

3. Roll into bite-size balls.

Ingredients for Chocolate Shell

  • ¼ cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons yacon syrup*
  • ¼ cup cacao powder

*Yacon is a liquid sweetener that is low glycemic (scores a 1 on the glycemic chart) and is high in fiber. You can find it on Amazon or at Whole Foods.

Preparation

1. Mix all wet ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Add cacao powder and whisk until well-blended.

2. Dip truffles into chocolate with a fork and place onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Top with your choice of goji berries, coconut, peanut butter drizzle, or any other fun combos you can come up with!

3. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes; serve and enjoy. Extras can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Helpful Hint: Be sure to buy fresh dates that are soft and chewy. This is what helps make the filling extra smooth. If you make this recipe with dates that are slightly out of season, you will find the texture a little less fudge-like.

Looking to add some variety? Create a Citrus Truffle by adding 2 teaspoons of orange zest and 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice to the original truffle base.

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Laura Marquis
Laura Marquis

Laura Marquis is a welcome and inspirational new voice from inside the world of health and fitness. Creator of the Naturally Healthy Desserts, Laura shares these decadent desserts without the refined sugar or the guilt.

Laura is a determined pioneer leading the way to better health. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and owner of Marquis Pilates & Fitness, a boutique studio.

In response to her own lifelong struggles with gluten and dairy intolerance, she researched and developed innovative nutrition programs to benefit her studio clients.

In 2015, Laura also shared her experience with sugar addiction in a brave and compelling TEDx talk Confession of a Sugar Addict in a Sugar Ladened World, at Loyola Marymount University. Most recently she is adding author to her resume. In 2016 Laura will be publishing a raw dessert cookbook, Sweets In The Raw: Naturally Healthy Desserts.