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Best Chocolate Truffle Recipe – An Awesome Heart-Healthy Treat

This is currently my absolute favorite treat. After a workout, I often crave foods which are hearty and not too sweet. If you feel the same way, my best chocolate truffle recipe could be for you too.

By the way, in case you want something for a mid-afternoon slump, this awesome chocolate covered mixture is the treat you need.

 

These truffles are easy to make and they are so versatile - mix and match your ingredients. You might want to try different chocolate flavors or you want to use different nuts or fruit . This treat is awesome post-workout or as a mid afternoon  pick-me-up.

A year ago I started experimenting with mixtures of dates, apricots, nuts, carob powder, and freshly squeezed juices. Initially, my truffles did not have this amazing orange-infused dark chocolate cover. They were nice and tasty but lacked a bit of excitement. Since I am an absolute fan of dark chocolate, it didn’t take me long to create this mouth-watering, dark chocolate coating for my truffles.

Heart healthy truffle recipe

 

Before I tell you all about my recipe, I thought I let you know what health benefits my truffles have. My research tells me that most of the ingredients are super healthy and replenish important electrolytes, you lose in sweat.

Let’ start with my favorite: dark chocolate- and see why it’s good for you. If you prefer to skip to how to make the best chocolate truffles, please jump to my recipe from the table below.

 What makes dark chocolate healthy?

There are at least five reasons why you should treat yourself to some dark chocolate two to three times a week, maybe even more often, if you like.

Dark Chocolate is Nutritious

Why? Firstly, a chocolate bar which contains 70-85% cocoa contains Fiber, Protein, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Selenium, Phosphorus, and Zinc. A standard 100gm bar of Dark contains 10 to 11 gm fiber and about 9 gm protein.

What about sugar and fat? Well, interestingly a 100gm bar of Green&Black’s 70% Dark contains 28.5 g of sugar while the 85% Dark has 13.5 g sugar.

awesome heart healthy dark chocolate trufflesThe fat content in dark chocolate comes from cocoa butter. 85% Dark has a slightly higher fat content than the 70% Dark.

And most importantly, cocoa butter contains the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat oleic acid, which you also find in olive oil. Oleic acid lowers LDL cholesterol and boosts the “good” HDL cholesterol.
There are also saturated– not so healthy fats, such as stearic acid and palmitic acid. Saturated fats are known to increase the “bad”LDL cholesterol.

For these reasons, you shouldn’t  overindulge, which is astoundingly easy to achieve with my best chocolate truffles. 🙂 

And here is another little fact: smelling 85% Dark stimulates a hormone called ghrelin and that apparently drops our appetite levels.

Of note is probably that fact that dark chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine but it is unlikely that this will keep you awake at night.

Dark Chocolates Antioxidants for a Healthy Heart

Cocoa and dark chocolate contain a wide variety of biologically active compounds such as polyphenols, catechins, and flavonols.

These compounds function as antioxidants and according to some research are even more powerful than those found in some fruits such as blueberries. Flavonols keep your blood vessels healthy and help to lower blood pressure. Also, they make platelets less sticky and therefore help to increase blood flow to the brain and heart.

Dark Chocolate for a Better TrainingDark Chocolate for a better workout

The catechin and epicatechin in cocoa boost your energy levels to help you through your workout and reduce soreness afterward.

These two energizing antioxidants increase the muscles absorption of nutrients and help you getting through your training and allow you to sweat for longer.

One study found that the anti-inflammatory compounds in dark chocolate produce a five-fold decrease of perception in soreness compared to any carb shakes.

Better Brain Function and Less Anxiety

best-chocolate-truffle-recipe-85Here you have it: research suggests that dark chocolate improves brain circulation. Eating about one ounce of dark chocolate a day improves your cognitive function.

Also, dark chocolate helps to lower cortisol, a substance the body produces in response to stress; you may feel calmer if you indulge in a bit of dark chocolate on a daily basis.

Healthier Skin and Teeth

My research tells me another fact: that enjoying a small daily serving of dark chocolate helps to make your skin feeling less dried out and more resistant to sunlight.

Also, cocoa bean husks contain anti-bacterial compounds, which prevent the formation of biofilm on your teeth. And that should help to keep bacteria from forming cavities.

The Inner Goodness of the Truffle: Apricots and Almonds

What are the Health Benefits of Almonds and Apricots?

best-chocolate-truffle-recipeAlmonds are rich in magnesium, an electrolyte which you lose in sweat during your workout. These particular nuts support your adrenal glands and the metabolism of fatty acids.

A low magnesium level can make you nervous, irritable and keep you from having a restful sleep at night.

Apricots are an excellent source of potassium, which you also lose in sweat when you are working out. Potassium supports your heart and helps to regulate the water balance in your body. Low potassium levels prevent your body from getting rid of excess acid and interfere with the body’s ability to breakdown foods.

Carob Powder Benefits

I love using carob powder in my treats as a substitute for any sugary sweetener. Carob grows as pods on the carob tree. For example, you could eat the carob pods when they are fresh or dried. You can buy carob as powder, syrup, extract, and chips. Carob tastes similar to chocolate, but I find it is much milder in taste.

Carob has many health- and nutritious benefits. It has a high fiber content, plenty of antioxidants and calcium, low amounts of sugar; it has no caffeine, and it is gluten free.

Also, carob contains a number of vitamins such as Vitamin A, B-2 which are good for skin and eye health.

There are plenty of minerals in carob too: there is copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

Carob helps to keep your heart healthy, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and can help with digestive issues.

How to make the Best Chocolate Truffles

Almond and Apricot Truffles in Orange-Infused Dark Chocolate

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
20 minutes 20 minutes 40 minutes

(No Added Sugar, No Bake)

Serves 4-6

Truffle Mixture Ingredients

100 g flaked almonds (roasted if you like)

2 tsp carob powder or cocoa powder if you prefer

Finely grated rind and freshly squeezed juice of one lime

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 How to put it all together

  1. Prepare a tray with parchment paper
  2. Toast your almonds in the oven and allow to cool
  3. Place the apricots, almonds and carob powder, lime juice and rind into your food processor
  4. Blend all ingredients until the mixture is dough-like and moist enough to hold all the ingredients together; add more juice if needed
  5. Remove the mixture from the food processor and roll the apricot mixture into little balls.

how to make heart healthy almond and apricot truffles 

Dark Chocolate Ingredients

1 cup dark chocolate

2 tbs almond butter

1 tbs maple syrup

¹/3 tsp vanilla extract

¹/4 tsp ground cinnamon

¹/4 tsp ground cardamom

Finely grated orange rind of one orange

 healthy almond and apricot dark chocolate truffles

How to prepare the Chocolate Mixture

  1. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler over gently simmering water
  2. Stir in the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Sprinkle the cardamom and cinnamon over the chocolate mixture and stir well.
  3. Add half of the orange rind, keep the rest for decoration.
  4. Line a tray with parchment paper
  5. With a teaspoon lift the truffle ball into the chocolate to coat and once done place on the prepared tray.
  6. Leave the truffles on the side for 20 minutes and decorate with some orange rind.
  7. Then transfer to an airtight container and in the fridge for one hour to set.

Enjoy!

If you have any comments or questions please let me know by using the box below.

 

 

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Ceri - December 7, 2016

This recipe is awesome! I made the truffles yesterday and the whole family loves them. They are very aromatic when using the orange rind in the chocolate. The almond and apricot filling is quite rich so that you only need one truffle or two. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us!

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Martin - December 13, 2016

Chocolate is my favorite thing ever and I love healthy chocolate recipes, especially ones made with raw cacao powder. These look great and I can’t wait to try them. It’s a good job that chocolate is good for you otherwise I would be as sick as a dog as I eat so much of the stuff. Just make sure you eat the healthy dark chocolate or better still raw cacao.

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    Katherine - December 13, 2016

    Glad you like this recipe, Martin. The truffles are easy to make and the recipe leaves you with options for creativity and to apply your personal touch…

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Elizabeth Hanson - December 14, 2016

Yum, yum and yum! Chocolate is a vegetable right? I am definitely going to try this recipe. Also I am a personal trainer. I think I will make these this year for my clients. Thanks so much for the idea.

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    Katherine - December 14, 2016

    Thank you, Elizabeth. You and your clients will absolutely love these truffles. The recipe leaves you great options to experiment and add different flavors if you like.

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Meredith - December 14, 2016

Katherine, these truffles look absolutely delicious. And even better, they look really easy to make! I’d be curious to know if you can add a little coffee or espresso powder in there. I’m a coffee nut as well as a chocolate nut so I like to mix the two together to see what happens.

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    Katherine - December 15, 2016

    Meredith, you’re right these truffles are looking and tasting absolutely delicious. The recipe is so versatile you can mix and match ingredients to your heart’s content. I would just go ahead and try coffee or espresso powder in there – to be honest; it sounds as if you are onto a winner. Let me know how you got on; maybe you’d like to share with us here how the coffee powder truffles taste. Enjoy!

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Roch - December 17, 2016

Wow, I knew there was some health benefits to eating the right kinds of chocolate, but didn’t know so much about the others. I am a big fan of dark chocolate – awesome recipe idea. I make a lot of protein balls also with cacao powder – tasty without the nasties. Great article. 🙂

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    Katherine - December 29, 2016

    Roch, thanks so much for your lovely comment.

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Julie - December 17, 2016

Oh my, I had never thought of making chocolate truffles myself! I love that you presented the research on the health benefits of almonds and carob, just another reason for me to give this a try. I’m not much of a baker, but these are TRUFFLES. Have to try. Thanks for posting!

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    Katherine - December 29, 2016

    Julie, glad you’ve enjoyed reading the article.

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Nick - December 19, 2016

Dark chocolate seems to be all the rage these days! These look super delicious by the way, if I wasn’t on such a tight diet, I would love to make this!!

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    Katherine - December 29, 2016

    Nick, thanks for your comment- great you like the look of the truffles. Maybe you get to try them one day….

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Linda - December 20, 2016

This is so amazing. The truffles sound delicious. My daughter loves dark
chocolate. Not a favorite of mine, but sounds like it needs to be. Thank
you for all the healthy information. Excellent post.

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Kamalina - December 23, 2016

O yes those truffles are the best in the world. From a good friend I have gotten some as christmas gift. They are sooo delicious. I love the juiciness and fruitiness inside and the dark chocolade outside around. This is the perfect combination, better it is a composition. The taste is fabulous.

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    Katherine - December 29, 2016

    Kamalina, OMG! A friend of yours made these truffles for you for Christmas using the recipe in the post? This is absolutely amazing. Glad you like the taste – thanks so much for your comment!

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