Little Bites of Heaven: Valentine’s Day Truffles

Valentine's Truffles

Truffles are just one of those things that nobody should live without. These have been a Valentine’s Day tradition of mine for the past few years because they are the epitome of the perfect dessert: easy, simple, and full of chocolate! They definitely aren’t the healthiest treat around so I’ve subbed some of the unhealthier ingredients, making these truffles perfect for those on eat-clean diets, vegans, those with lactose-intolerance & people who are gluten-free! EVERYONE can enjoy these 😉 So make some for your sweetheart, friends or just to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day! (because even if you hate Valentine’s Day nobody hates chocolate)

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. dark chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can use all dark if you want to)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For topping: cocoa powder, PB2, cinnamon sugar, or cayenne pepper & dried chilis

*MAKES 32 small truffles

Stir all of the ingredients together in a pan over medium. Be sure not to burn the chocolate – continuously whisk the ingredients until all the chocolate is melted and the consistency is equal throughout.

chocolate

Once all of the chocolate is melted, cover the pan in foil and place it in the fridge for a couple hours (preferably overnight) until the chocolate has hardened.

Once the chocolate is hardened, here comes the fun part – the toppings! Scoop the chocolate out with a spoon & get ready to get your hands a little messy! Form the chocolate into 1″ balls and then roll them to cover the outside with your favorite topping! I’ve got toppings for every kind of food-lover out there…

  • For the sweet tooth: roll the balls in a 1:1 ratio of cinnamon to sugar
  • For the spice fiend: roll the balls in a mix of cayenne pepper & dried chilis (I used McCormick’s Mexican blend which has no MSG! Tahín would also work great if you can find it at your store)
  • For the peanut butter lover: roll the balls in PB2 (for those who don’t know, it’s powdered chocolate peanut butter with WAY less calories than the normal kind)
  • For the classic truffle: roll the balls in cocoa powder

valentine's truffles

Other ideas I had were truffles rolled in dried coconut as well as your favorite ground nut, turbinado sugar or even sprinkles! All of these are truly delicious but I’d probably have to say my favorites were the spicy & the classic…my tummy’s rumbling already.

Once you’ve covered the truffles in a topping they are ready to eat! I recommend putting the topping on right before you serve because if you stick these back in the fridge, the toppings tend to get absorbed by the chocolate and they just won’t look as pretty – they’ll definitely still taste great though. You can serve them on a plate like I did with a little bit of extra topping to add to your liking! If you have leftovers refrigerate these and they will stay good for a few days although I have a feeling that they will disappear quickly 🙂

Enjoy & have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

xo SkinnyGirl

Holiday Hot Cocoa

Ho Ho Holiday Cocoa

With Christmas coming ever near (in 4 more days!) it’s time to bust out the holiday sweet & treats! This hot chocolate will warm you up in the cold weather & can easily be made in a big batch for family gatherings! Made with 0 sugar and very little fat it’s a treat you can enjoy without the worry of weight gain…nobody here will be turning into Santa Claus 😛  This is truly a guiltless treat – I shocked myself when I counted up the calories & realized that each serving is only 38 calories! So curl up by the fireplace with a mug of this stuff and enjoy the holiday season – Merry Christmas from me to you 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. stevia
  • 2 c. almond milk (unsweetened – don’t use the coconut blend)
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • *optional candy cane for garnish

MAKES 3 SERVINGS

Start by combining the water, stevia, cocoa powder, salt and maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook on medium while stirring regularly until all ingredients are combined. Gradually pour in the almond milk (1/2 cup at a time) and stir. Simmer on medium for another 5-10 minutes until cocoa is hot. Add the remaining teaspoon of vanilla, stir, and enjoy! Top it off with a candy cane for an extra holiday treat! Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to get that delicious candy cane flavor! If you like your cocoa extra creamy you could substitute the water in the recipe for almond milk or add more (1/4 c.) so that there is not so much of a cocoa flavor. Drink up & enjoy!

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Be a Little Ball of Energy!

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for a while, and I finally got around to making it!  It’s my Chocolate Energy Balls! These are a great post-workout snack or a snack for when you’re in dire need of something sweet. I honestly crave these more than cookies sometimes.

Energy Balls

Energy Balls…ZING!

These are so simple to make and are actually good for you! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 TBSP peanut butter (I like the Central Market brand)
  • 1/3 c. old fashioned oats (or whatever kind you prefer)
  • 30 dark chocolate chips (about a handful)
  • 1 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1/8 c. golden raisins
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

MAKES about 9 energy balls (about 3 servings)

Start by throwing all the ingredients in the bowl – at the same time. Couldn’t be easier.

Energy Ball Ingredients

Mix Em’ Up

Stir it all up and then shape into balls. That’s seriously it, you’re already done. You can pop them in the fridge or eat them right now.

Shape Into Balls

Shape Into Balls

I know these aren’t exactly the most photogenic snack…but trust me, if you love chocolate and if you love peanut butter, these will rock your world. Although this recipe isn’t fat free by any means, your body does need some fat & that’s why these are perfect after a workout or long day. They have fiber and protein and not a single ingredient in them is bad for you. Each ball has about 70 calories, so you can eat a few without feeling bad!

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If you’re feeling adventurous you could add in cranberries instead of raisins, add chia seeds, or put some instant coffee powder in there to really get your energy going. This recipe is so fun to make because you can put your own spin on it & it will always taste great! Enjoy!

-SkinnyGirl