Meatless Monday: Healthy Cocoa-Date Truffles

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I was talking to Mr. Prevention on my way home from Chicago yesterday. I was reciting my to-do list as he was recapping the fact that I currently have a lot of balls in the air with freelance writing, cookbook #2, a very demanding job, and of course, continuing to cook, photograph, and blog. I also must make time to continue ice hockey and running regularly, and the juggling act can be tiresome at times. It takes planning and organization – two things I do not naturally excel at.

Weekends away, as much as I enjoy them, don’t leave me with the time to recharge, re-energize, and prepare fully for the week ahead. My weekend with my mom and my family, it was the best, however.

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I pulled into the garage, threw in a load of laundry, and realized I was starving. I opened the fridge to find these Healthy Cocoa-Date Truffles that I has whipped together last week…and had not yet photographed. I snacked on a few of them while taking the photos and then made out my grocery list for the week…after struggling over what to make. I never even got the chance to look through the latest Cooking Light for ideas.

I decided on my Weekly Menu, adding a few veggie dishes that will be in my cookbook for dinner last night.

I grocery shopped in record time and for at least the 10th time in the past year, had a discussion with my checker about cilantro being an ingredient you either love or hate. Obviously, I love it…but I find the repetitiveness of this same conversation with various employees every time I buy cilantro to be truly perplexing. Anyways.

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I came home to finish up laundry, make dinner, and hear Mr. Prevention complain about how these truffles contained coconut while I shuffled around the kitchen in my usual haste of not-so-organized chaos. I tried deterring him with, “But they’re made of dates…you don’t like dates.” But he seemed to think he was missing out.

Which he was. But I won’t tell him that.

More for me!

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Healthy Cocoa-Date Truffles from Bon Appetit, as see on Alida’s Kitchen

8 oz pitted dates (approx 1 1/2 cups)
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
1 tsp espresso powder
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, for rolling

Directions:

Put dates, cocoa, 3 tablespoons coconut and espresso powder in a food processor and puree until smooth. If mixture is too dry, add water by the teaspoonful.

Scoop mixture by the scant tablespoonful and form 1-inch balls. Roll balls in remaining coconut.

Chill/store in refrigerator in an air-tight container until ready to enjoy.

Yield: 20 truffles

Nutrition Information (per truffle): 46 calories; 1.15 g. fat; o mg. cholesterol; 10 mg. sodium; 9.5 g. carbohydrate; 1.4 g. fiber; 0.45 g. protein; 7.7 g. sugar

Result: These couldn’t be easier, or healthier, and yet, they come off as truly indulgent. Filled with (few) good-for-you calories, these are a handy thing to keep in your refrigerator for an on-the-go snack or quick dessert. Enjoy!

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 Busy day, busy week…here we go!

Be well,

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7 Comments

  1. May 13, 2013 / 7:55 am

    Completely pin-worthy!! Yum!
    And of course Nick would say the SAME thing about the dates…..but would actually ask for MORE coconut (my dad hates coconut, Nick loves it, sometimes I get the two confused).
    Glad you had a nice weekend Nicole.

  2. May 13, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    I don’t know how you get it all done Nicole!! You must not sleep very much! 😀

    Question, I am not sure if I’ve asked you this before, but was wondering what program/site you used to figure out your nutritional information – just curious!

    Hooray for spending time with your Momma!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 16, 2013 / 6:54 am

      I don’t sleep enough, no! But I try to!

      I use dailyplate.com (and use verified foods) to calculate the NI. It’s not meant for recipes, but it’s one of the few sites I trust for an accurate database of foods. I also like fitday.com but I end up entering in most of the ingredients by hand to be sure they’re accurate. 🙂

  3. May 15, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Goodness Nicole, you must be superwoman!! So many commitments, and you excel at ALL of them. So impressive! As for the truffles… Mr. Prevention is definitely missing out. If I was there, I’d eat his entire share — and then some! 😉

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