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Christmas Recipe: Heart Healthy Chocolate Cocoa Truffles

December 13, 2013 | By

This holiday season why not indulge in deep dark chocolate desserts that contain superbly nutritious ingredients.

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Chocolate Cocoa Truffles

What is your favorite holiday dessert? Could it be CHOCOLATE?

This holiday season why not indulge in deep dark chocolate desserts that contain superbly nutritious ingredients — heart-healthy foods that can improve your health rather than harm it?

I am referring to unsweetened cocoa powder and nuts, which have both been shown to reduce cholesterol and improve your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

You can easily whip up a sinfully rich and really healthy dessert for your next holiday party. Why not try a no bake recipe of mouthwatering and festive Cocoa Truffles?

Recipe- Cocoa Truffles

A gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate dessert made with raw ingredients.
Yield: 24 balls (1 Tablespoon per ball)

Ingredients:

•    1 cup of cashews (can substitute with walnuts and/or almonds)
•    12 pitted dates
•    ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
•    4 Tablespoons canola oil
•    ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
•    1 tsp of vanilla
•    1 pinch of salt
•  Optional coatings: shredded unsweetened coconut, unsweetened cocoa powder, chopped pistachios, chopped dried cherries

Directions:

Place the cashews in a small bowl and add enough water to the bowl to just cover the cashews. Let the cashew soak for at least 2 hours. Once the cashews have soaked, microwave the dates for 1 minute. Add all the ingredients into a food processor/blender and mix until a smooth consistency.

Form 1 Tablespoon size balls and cover each ball in a coating of your choice. Put the coated balls onto a baking sheet and place into the freezer. Remove balls 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Calories: 78 kcals,
Fat: 5 g,
Cholesterol: 0 mg,
Carbohydrate: 8 g,
Dietary Fiber: 1 g,
Protein: 1 g,
Sodium: 13 mg.

This heart healthy recipe has been contributed by Dr. Janet Brill.

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Dr. Janet Brill (Ph D, RD, LDN) is a renowned nutrition & fitness expert, writer and consultant. She is the author of three books - Cholesterol Down, Prevent a Second Heart Attack and Blood Pressure Down book. She blogs to share Mediterranean recipes and tips to promote health and longevity.
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