|Cocoa Walnut Truffles|
When you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to blow your pre-summer shape up plans, these Cocoa Walnut Truffles might just be the solution. They’re loaded with healthy ingredients like walnuts, flax, and cocoa then sweetened with dates and a little honey.
And to keep things interesting I rolled them in nutty hemp hearts otherwise known as the most buzzed about super-food on Instagram.
Alright I made up that last part but it sure seems that way. You hardly see a yogurt bowl or smoothie on IG that isn’t topped with hemp hearts. And if you haven't heard of them, they're basically just shelled hemp seeds and touted as little nutritional powerhouses.
According to the Manitoba Harvest website:
- Per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
- Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.
The only real drawbacks are that they are on the pricey side and they can be difficult to find. Actually I had no trouble finding them. My local supermarket, ShopRite, has plenty in stock but others have reported less luck trying to locate these little guys. If you find yourself in this subgroup you can always pick up some Hemp Hearts at Amazon by clicking right HERE.
Of course you can always skip the hemp hearts entirely and roll your truffles in cocoa or finely chopped nuts instead.
Cocoa Walnut Truffles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: makes 12 balls
- 1 cup walnuts
- 8 large pitted medjool dates
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- sprinkle cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- hemp hearts (1/2 cup or so to roll the balls)
- Grind the walnuts in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped.
- Add the dates process until the nuts and dates are well chopped and combined.
- Add the cocoa, flax, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt and process until the mixture is well combined.
- To test the consistency of the mixture, pinch it between your fingers to see if it holds together well. If it’s too sticky add a little more flax or nuts and if it won’t form a ball add more dates or honey. (You can also taste it and if the mixture isn’t sweet enough you can adjust here too)
- Form the mixture into 1 inch balls then either refrigerate them and serve as-is or roll the truffles in either hemp hearts, finely chopped walnuts or cocoa powder if you want.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a few weeks if they last that long.