Sweeten your day with these healthy chocolate-peppermint truffles. Made with a combination of dates, oats, cocoa powder, and tahini, this simple, 6-ingredient recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, and makes a delicious, edible gift, especially as old Saint Nick rolls in.
‘Tis the season. Can you believe it? Where did 2018 go? As we approach Christmas I am feeling extra grateful for all the adventures that 2018 has afforded us. And there have been many this year.
My first international trip of the year was to London to visit my dear friend, Luce, and her husband, Gus, who were at the time expecting their first baby. We sipped tea and ate crustless sandwiches in Fortnum and Mason, and cozied up inside watching the snow fall. It was such a lovely and worthwhile trip, even if it was only five days.
In 2018, we also attended the weddings of some of our most treasured friends in NYC, Santa Cruz, and Hawaii. All were fantastic, unique celebrations, laced with personal touches and thoughtfulness...as well as champagne! Few things in life get me more excited than bubbles and good friends.
Then there were the work trips to LA, DC, Sacramento and Austin. I was fortunate to speak at three professional events on nutrition innovation and startups this year and loved every moment of it. I’m hoping to do more speaking in 2019.
To top it all off we enjoyed some pretty dreamy holidays this year too. We explored Jerusalem and Tel Aviv together with my Mum and Dad mid year. After that we flew to Istanbul and had a terrific time exploring mosques and markets in Europe’s most populous city. Now, I am in the middle of a seven week trip to Sydney, my longest stint at home in roughly 10 years.
This year hasn’t been without it’s bumps. There have been surgeries, job changes and some pretty significant stress along the way, but I have so much to be thankful for. And that is largely my focus this Christmas.
The other big piece, of course, is the celebration. I don’t have a large family, but Christmas in my house is a big affair. As the annual visit from Saint Nick approaches, I felt like making something Christmasy and minty without the sticky mess of a candy cane. This is recipe is the end result and has been my favorite snack of late.
Made with a combo of dates, tahini, cocoa powder, oats and peppermint extract, this festive, 6-ingredient recipe is gluten-free, dairy free, vegan and SO easy. These delicious, chocolatey bites are packed with fiber and healthy fats, and offer just the right amount of sweetness without going over the top.
Merry Christmas, friends! May it be your best yet.
Healthy Chocolate Mint Truffles
2 cups Deglet Noor dates, pitted
¼ cup old fashioned oats (more about the health benefits of oats here)
6 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp peppermint extract
Add the dates, old-fashioned oats, tahini, cocoa powder and maple syrup to the food processor. Process on high until the ingredients form ‘chocolate dirt’.
Line a baking tray or tupperware container with parchment paper. Take a small handful of ‘chocolate dirt’ and press together to form 1-inch balls. Place the truffles on the parchment paper and refrigerate until firm.
Makes approximately 30 truffles.
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