Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate is one of my favorite pleasures. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants which are essential for healthy cells and cell repair in the anti-aging process. The truffles are sweet and satisfying because they are filled with fiber from the oats. This sweet treat also balances blood sugar while lowering cholesterol at the same time. Just remember, don’t eat too many even though you will want to! Makes 24 truffles.

3/4 cup of oats
2 ounces of dark chocolate
(at least 60% cacao), finely chopped
1 cup of pitted medjool dates,chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
A pinch of sea salt
*1/2 cup of shredded coconut
* optional

1. Place the oats in the food processor and blend into a fine powder - about 1 minute
2. Melt chocolate over a double boiler.
3. In the food processor bowl, add dates, orange zest, salt, and chocolate; mix for 1 minute.
4. Transfer to a glass bowl and chill for 2 hours
5. On a plate scatter the shredded coconut topping.
6. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the dough into your hand and form a small ball
7. *Roll the small ball on the plate to cover with coconut topping.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 374, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 4 g, Carbs: 72 g, Fiber: 9 g, Sugars: 36 g, Protein: 8 g, Sodium: 120 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg