Stress Busting Holiday Treat

If you want to wow holiday guests this season, roll up a batch of these amazing low fat treats! The walnuts in this recipe can help support your memory, while the chocolate is a great mood booster and antioxidant. Have a blessed holiday and enjoy the sweet and complex flavors in this soon to be favorite on your holiday menu.

Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate (64-72% cacao content) finely chopped

  • ½ cup walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup pitted and halved Medjool dates

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • sea salt

  • ¼ cup finely diced dried cherries

  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut

  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder

Assembly

  • Stir the boiling water in the chopped chocolate and let it stand for 30 seconds. Using a small whisk, stir until the chocolate is completely melted and glossy

  • Coarsely grind the walnuts in a food processor

  • Add the cocoa powder, dates, vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon of salt and process a minute

  • Add the chocolate mixture and process until smooth another minute

  • Transfer to a bowl and stir the cherries into the chocolate mixture

  • Cover and chill for approximately 2 hours until firm

  • On a plate, mix the coconut, curry powder and a pinch of salt

  • Scoop up approximately 2 teaspoons of the chilled chocolate mixture and roll it into a smooth ball between your palms, then roll it in the curried coconuts to coat

  • Repeat with the remaining mixture and place the truffles in an airtight container and chill thoroughly before serving

Serving Data

Serving Size: 1 truffle, Per Serving – Calories: 72; Carbohydrates: 9g; Protein: 1g; Fat: 4g; Sodium: 16mg; Fiber: 1g

Recipe Source

The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz