Often, when you start eating healthy, the first thing to go on your list of taboo foods is dessert. But I love dessert! It can be a struggle. I never knew what a mean sweet tooth I had till I had my boys. I crave something sweet right after a meal and this is one habit I don’t see changing. But then it doesn’t have to. With so many healthier alternatives out there like honey, maple syrup, dates, agave and stevia (still haven’t tried this) it is easy to swap out the sugar for a healthier, more wholesome experience!
A few years back I hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend and truffles were the party favor. I had a fun time making them and have had friends ask for more.
Back then I didn’t really consider the health factor. This new recipe though, Inspired by a recipe I found on pinterest, is sure to keep it guilt free.
These are great as hostess gifts and to share with neighbors. I made a batch and got rave reviews from family and friends.
Healthier Coconut Truffles
- 4 ounces chocolate 100% cacao
- 3 ounces chocolate 56% cacao
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
- 30 mini baking paper liners
- Line a 9x9 square pan with parchment paper.
- Chop the chocolate bars as finely as possible. This helps the chocolate melt quickly and evenly.
- Put into a heat proof bowl.
- In a small pot, over medium low heat, warm the heavy cream and honey.
- Pour the mixture gradually over the chocolate and combine rapidly with a whisk.
- Add the butter and stir to combine.
- Pour the chocolate ganache into the parchment lined pan and leave to cool at room temperature.
- After the concoction has cooled, refrigerate for about an hour.
- Once set, use a melon baller to scoop out the chocolate and form into small balls.
- Roll the balls in the coconut and put into paper liners.
- These can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- To keep it paleo, look for chocolate chips with coconut sugar like HU
- The amount of coatings are endless. Powdered cocoa, nuts, melted chocolate. Use what strikes your fancy!
- I used a combination of 100% cacao and 56% cacao to heathify the truffles and the addition of honey sweetened them to give a relatively guilt free dessert. The sweetened coconut brought another layer of sweetness.
- This is a great activity for kids to help with. I had my son help me make these and he loved it.
Have you ever tried making truffles? Its not as hard as it seems. Try it and let me know here how it went.