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Truffles – A Few Healthy & Easy Dessert Recipes

19 June 2011 67 Comments

 

Healthy truffles

Chocolate, cream and nuts go hand in hand to make this soft and rich dessert Truffles which are an epitome of indulgence. Traditionally Truffles are made with loads of chocolate and heavy cream which makes it a melt-in-mouth treat. I have tried that version also but did not like it much, as the buttery and rich taste could not gel well with my palate. The Truffles I often make has plenty of nuts, dried fruits and digestive biscuits in it. Cocoa powder and the drinking chocolate somewhat stimulate the original recipe which demands cream & chocolate in it.

These  Truffle versions may not exactly taste like the real ones but then they are definitely a step ahead of their counterparts in terms of nutrition and I don’t need to keep a count upon them :)

Truffles make a filling snack and healthy fill ups for any time sweet cravings. Make them in advance and store in refrigerator for many days.

Healthy Truffles

Ingredients to go in…

1. Dates and Apricot Truffles

Ingredients;

  • 1/2 cup of dates
  • 8-10 dried Apricots
  • 1/4 cup Almond powder
  • 2 Digestive biscuits
  • 1 tbsp. cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. dessicated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
Healthy Truffles

Healthy fruits and digestive biscuit..

Method; Grind the almonds to a coarse powder. Clean Apricots (Khumani in Hindi) and remove the seeds from the dates and add them to the the blender. Crush the Marie biscuit and add it along with the cocoa powder to the blender. Grind all the ingredients till it forms a ball of  soft dough.

Healthy Truffles

Dirty your hands..

Remove from the blender into a large bowl and add Honey in it. Mix it again. The dough will be very sticky to hold. Take a small marble size ball from the dough and roll it into a circle.

Since I used the imported Dates from Middle East I did not require any grinding. The dates are so soft and pliable, I just mashed them along with other ingredients.

Healthy Truffles

The three roll on…

Spread dessicated coconut powder on a flat plate. Roll the Truffle ball into it and keep in a separate plate. Do the same with the remaining dough.

Unlike the traditional Truffle made with heavy cream these Truffles will not melt and need not be refrigerated.

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The healthy outcome!

2. Cocoa & Condensed Milk truffles

Ingredients;

  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 5-6 Digestive biscuits
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp drinking chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coarse Almond powder
Healthy Truffles

Yum!!

Method; Take a large bowl and pour condensed milk in it. Crush the biscuits into coarse powder. Add biscuits powder, cocoa, drinking chocolate (I used Nestle’) in the condensed milk and mix well. Use extra biscuit if you find the resulting mixture too soft.

Make small marble sized balls from the above mixture. Spread the coarse almond powder on a flat plate. Roll the ruffle in the almonds and store in a clean box. Refrigerate till use.`

Healthy Truffles

Coconut, cocoa and nutty coating..

3. Nutty Truffles

Ingredients;

  • 2 tbsp. Almonds
  • 1/4 cup drinking chocolate
  • 4-5 any digestive biscuits
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
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Up and close..

Method; Crush the digestive biscuits in a zip lock bag using a rolling pin. Grind the almonds into a coarse powder. take a large bowl and add the drinking chocolate (i used Nestle’), coarse almond powder, crushed biscuit and mix well.

Mix in Honey little by little to bind all the dry ingredients together. Use less or more honey to get a perfect texture to roll the dough into balls. If you do not have honey use a little milk to mix the dough.

Make small balls from the above dough. Spread the cocoa powder in a flat plate and roll each ball into it. Refrigerate the Truffle till use.

Serve the truffles in individual cup cake liners or as you wish. I made these Truffles for the lovely & talented cook book authors Jigyasa & Pratibha.

Healthy Truffles

Moments of truth!

Notes;

  • Use the best of cocoa powder to come close to the chocolaty Truffle taste.
  • I used the imported dark Dates from Middle East which are very soft and juicy.
  • You may omit the Apricots in the recipe if you don’t find and replace it with dates.
  • Refrigerating the Truffles will give a perfect texture and shape.

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  • thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm said:

    i love the combination of ingredients you’ve used in this one ! you rock :D they look gorgeous in the wrappers :))
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  • Biny Anoop said:

    Wow i love truffles…looking great

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Biny, Thanks! I don’t get your blog link in your comment and find it difficult to hop to your space and look out your creations. Normally I respond to all my readers and blogger friends. Just let me know your blog name..sorry, but its really difficult to keep record of so many lovely foodies blogs.

  • sayantani said:

    awesome truffles Sanjeeta. love your recipes.

  • Deepa said:

    Simply mouthwatering dessert. For me today this is one of the favourite recipe for the day. You have just created a masterpiece.

    Deepa

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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Deepa, Thanks :)

  • Priya said:

    Feel like gobbing some truffles rite now; stunning and marvellous..
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  • Karriann Graf said:

    Truffles are definitely the best little bites to end a meal and yours look so simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ganga said:

    These are gorgeous, one for my “must make” list!
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  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…you did a tremdously interesting post with these tasty looking truffles. The ingredients are so inspiring.
    This one is hands down one of my top 5 from the creative and talented Sanjeeta ;o)

    Have a wonderful week.
    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia
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  • purabi naha said:

    Hey, I never knew that making truffles are so easy and it is a different kind of dessert, too! Would be great for kids’ parties! So happy that I stumbled upon your blog. If you have some time in hand, do visit my curry blog too!
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  • Apu said:

    Truffles look yummy!!
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  • sangeeta said:

    Loved these nutty treats.
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  • Angie@Angiesrecipes said:

    They look simply divine! I love particularly the nutty one!
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  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    Yum, such delicious treats, I wouldn’t know which one to try first!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Claudia, you are always a sweetheart! Thanks for the lovely words of encouragement.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ganga, thanks for being here!

  • prathibha said:

    I loved all d versions of these beauties..bookmarked..looks superb..:)
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  • Priti said:

    Yum …looks very tempting and like ur twist
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  • Anna Johnston said:

    Brilliant, love these Sanjeeta. I’m with you – whereas I adore & love cooking with rich creams & butters, I don’t actually love indulging in such rich tastes (probably why I’m only now dabbling in the great big world of baking & dessert making, as I’ve spent all my cooking career in Entree’s & Mains I think). But, this recipe is wonderful & just sinful enough to really enjoy. Love them, thanks for sharing Lovely :)
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  • vaishali said:

    another of your awsum ecipes sanjeeta…the way you put things…make it so simple…just feel like trying rt away…absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Raks said:

    Those are looking sinfully delicious Sanjeeta! Wish to have a few :)
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  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective said:

    Oh my goodness! I bet my kids would LOVE these. What a great snack idea. :)
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  • Suman Singh said:

    Love truffles and this is really stunning..feel like grabbing some from the screen..looks so tempting!!

  • aipi said:

    I can live on these ~ so so soooo delectable!
    US Masala

  • Raquel@Erecipe Free Nutrtional Calculator said:

    this one looks so tempting, mouth watering.

  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos said:

    i love how it’s a healthier version! truffles are usually a whole lot of cream cheese and sugar! and dates always make it taste better :) great recipe :D
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  • pachecopatty said:

    Not only are these a healthy sweet, your truffles have such wonderful ingredients and look like so much fun to make:-)Thanks for sharing, I’ll be out looking for dates this week!

  • Faith said:

    I love making truffles and yours are really beautiful! The dried fruit in there makes them really special!

  • Swathi said:

    The truffles looks awesome perfect.

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    never have tried fruit truffles looks amazing sanjeeta and those truffles tins are so pretty :)
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  • rebecca said:

    these look wonderful great gift idea too
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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Just beautiful, I want to make these immediately!
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  • marie said:

    Looks yummy, I bet it tastes yummy too. I always wanted to learn at least one decent chocolate dessert and here it is. What makes it perfect is that I also happen to love almonds which is included in your recipe. Thanks for sharing. I’d surely try and make these!
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  • Mary said:

    What wonderful treats you’ve created. they all look beautiful and I’m sure they are delicious.Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Tiffany @ TheGraciousPantry.com said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,

    Just gave your site a shoutout on my facebook page. You have such a wonderful collection of recipes!

    I was wondering, what is a digestive biscuit? I’ve never heard of them here in the states.

    Thanks!
    Tiffany
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  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    These look fantastic! I would not feel as guilty eating these with mainly dried fruits and nuts in them. Yumm!

  • kankana said:

    That is a classic sangeeta .. so perfectly made.. just like professionals!
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  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen said:

    Wow Truffles and healthy! They look great Sanjeeta! You are pro in maing things healthy
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  • Sweet Artichoke said:

    Very tempting and kind of healthy truffles! A great recipe!

  • Carolyn said:

    Wow! They look exactly like the real thing. Are you sure these are a lightened up version??? Yummy. I love digestive biscuits. Hard to find here in the US but I ate them so often as a kid in Canada.
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Tiffany, I thought Digestive biscuits are very popular everywhere..these are very common in India. Made with high fiber food ingredients such as rice bran, barley etc these are better option than the refined flour biscuits.

  • Joanne said:

    They look perfect and I can’t see anything in that ingredient list that wouldn’t work for me. They may taste different but I bet they do taste JUST as good. Wonderful recipe.
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  • Kris | iheartwellness.com said:

    Ohhh my goodness!!! These truffles are looking something tasty right now! The nut ones look like something out of a chocolate store :)

    xxoo

  • Reeni said:

    What beautiful little treats! The dried fruit ones are a favorite of mine!
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  • Vandya said:

    Lovely ingredients and a healthier version of truffles. I’m loving it.

  • Joanne said:

    I love a dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth but doesn’t weigh you down. These truffles sound fabulous!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Kris, thanks for being here!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said:

    These are really yum looking Sanjeeta.I love the dried fruits you have used..dates & apricots are my fav!
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  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes said:

    How great to have a healthier truffle with fruit. They look sinful though.
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  • Shilpa said:

    Love your healthy creations and am always inspired with them…Also, I have posted today about using Spelt in a breakfast dish (have linked to your blog and to Heather’s). Is there anything else I need to do? Please pardon the ignorance as I am quite new to this world of blogging…

    -Shilpa
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  • lisaiscooking said:

    A truffle that doesn’t melt is exactly what I need in this heat! The nut coating looks delicious on them.
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  • mamta said:

    Hi,
    I often visit you Flickr photostream & I love all the yummy food in those photos. I want to try your ” Egg less Strawberry Swiss Roll”, the cake looks stunning, texture is spot on. Can you share the recipe. Thanks.

  • Priscilla - She's Cookin' said:

    A healthier, less rich truffle – I’m sold! They look fabulous – especially the nutty one.
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  • Sarah Naveen said:

    wow!!! they looks so wonderful , perfect and yummy

  • Gera@Sweets Foods Blog said:

    One of my fav bites yeah – truffles adore them for dozens all the flavours are tasty for me :)

    Cheers,

    Gera
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  • Joyti said:

    Your truffles look so cute, very much like something in a fancy shop. I like how they’re indulgent, but still small.
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  • Sarah said:

    this is so tempting, Sanjeeta :) And i have all the ingredients in my pantry :)

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen said:

    Of course the truffle post drew me in first! YOu have such a lovely site! I’m happy to be following your yummy creations! ♥ Katrina
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  • Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet said:

    What a great alternative to the fatty, chocolatey ones! A few balls of each in a cellophane bag make a great Christmas present too!

  • Divya said:

    Absolutely yum!!! Such a healthy option! I love no-bake desserts the best of all! :)
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  • Anamika@madcookingfusions said:

    Wow i love truffles and so do my kids!Will surely try your versions…healthy and yummy combo :)

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed said:

    Great idea! I’ve made some really good- and rich– truffles for gifts in the past, but I’d like to make truffles that actually support the health of the friends and family I’m sending them to. I love your idea of using the dates and apricots for sweetness. Thanks!
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  • ashu said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,I am new on your site.Really all your recipes are so healthy and easy to make.Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ashu, thanks for your lovely feedback, my pleasure! Warm hugs.

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