Even my skeptical son enjoyed these. He and his cousin are highly suspect of my “healthy” treats, since they’re so unlike typical sweets. But he gave these a thumbs-up!
These make a healthy treat for those of us not eating the usual desserts- a great chocolate fix with a healthy dose of coconut oil (to stimulate metabolism and nourish the brain and such). For those with a sweeter sweet tooth, a hearty sprinkling of palm sugar on top of the chocolate after dipping will help “sweeten the deal”.
At one point in my experiments, I tried using palm sugar in the blended strawberry mixture. Big mistake. There was some kind of reaction, and the mixture turned an unappetizing brown color. Don’t try that!
Makes about 12 half-ounce truffles; extras will hold up well in the freezer.
STRAWBERRY PUREE INGREDIENTS
- 6 oz. frozen strawberries (half a 12-oz. bag, making about 2/3 c. puree)
- 2 TBS. melted butter
- 1/2 c. coconut “spread” (ie. “manna”, “butter”), melted
- 1 TBS. honey
CHOCOLATE DIP INGREDIENTS (Enough for a double batch)
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
- 2 TBS. honey
- 1/3 c. cocoa powder
1. Let frozen strawberries thaw, then puree. Use: > 6 oz. frozen, thawed strawberries (or fresh)
2. To the strawberry puree, add: > 1/2 c. coconut “spread” (ie. “manna”, “butter”), melted > 1 TBS. honey
3. Let mixture firm up, then form into half-ounce-sized balls. Set aside on wax paper in freezer until solid.
4. Prepare “chocolate” for dipping. Gently melt coconut oil and butter in pan: > 1/4 c. butter > 1/4 c. coconut oil
5. Stir in: > 2 TBS. honey > 1/3 c. cocoa powder
6. Let chocolate mix sit out 20-40 minutes to thicken up some. Stir well, then dip strawberry balls into chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with palm sugar as you go (while chocolate’s still warm), if a sweeter truffle is desired. There will be left-over chocolate (enough to make another batch). We like this, as it makes a wonderful addition to our smoothies and such.
7. Store in refrigerator, or for several months in the freezer.
PS. I’ve linked this to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Blog Carnival. Kelly hosts this thing regularly, where you can find all kinds of cook, healthy recipes and articles. Thanks, Kelly!
(Also posted on June’s Blog, Raising Homemakers.)