Mint-Chocolate Truffles

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This recipe for chocolate truffles may be recycled from 3 years ago (with a peppermint twist this time), but you’ll thank me for reminding you that it is that time of year to make them again.  The combination of chocolate and mint is a sweet match for chilly winter days.  Not that it feels like winter with temps in the 40s and 50s and rain instead of snow.  I am NOT complaining, but a little sun would be nice.

These Mint-Chocolate Truffles are a perfect finger food for serving at your holiday get together or to keep in the fridge for a bite-sized snack.  Don’t care for mint?  Just use vanilla extract as in the original recipe.  Don’t care for chocolate?  Are you feeling OK?!  🙂

I know back then I said you need a Vitamix or high-speed blender but I recently realized that I lied.  They came out just fine using my Cuisine Art food processor and it’s much easier to deal with and clean.  Just make sure your dates are fairly soft and not rock hard or it might not work.  Soften them first in hot water if necessary.

The Best Christmas Truffles

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter (soften first either in microwave or place jar in hot water)
  • 1 cup dates- medjool are my fav (remove pits)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract (depending on how minty you like them)
  • dash of sea salt as desired, or omit

Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth.  Scoop the mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge for about an hour until it starts to firm up.  (It will be too soft to form balls with right away).  If you leave the dough to chill for too long it will be harder to work with (but it will soften a little if you leave it at room temp). Roll into balls in your palms and roll in cocoa powder (optional).  Store in fridge or freezer.

Happy Holidays to everyone.  Have fun, be merry, eat well and please don’t overly stress out about any special foods that you really want to enjoy.  I’ve noticed that people get far too hung up on what they eat at special occasions….instead of focusing on their day-to-day habits. Like the saying goes, “It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that matters so much as what you eat between New Years and Christmas!”

 

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