Milk chocolate truffles – rich, delicious … healthy? It’s true that “chocolate truffles” and “healthy” don’t often occupy the same sentence. But, there are some ways to make truffles that are healthier than the regular kind. Let’s look at some truffle recipes and see what we can do to make them healthier.
Truffle Recipe #1
- 9 oz. chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1/3 c. heavy cream
- 1 c. unsweetened cocoa
You can make these healthier by subbing Healthy Balance spread for the butter.
Instead of heavy cream, use evaporated skim milk.
As for the chocolate chips – sigh, it’s hard to make chocolate healthier. You can try substituting carob chips for the chocolate chips (carob contains less fat than chocolate and no caffeine). The taste isnt’ quite the same, but if you can live with it, it is healthier.
Cocoa is great for rolling the truffles in because it has chocolate flavor naturally and is low in fat – gotta love that!
Now, to resume our recipe:
Melt chips and butter in a double boiler. Add cream and stire until smooth and satin-like. Cover and refrigerate until set (about 6 hours).
Place cocoa in a bowl and set aside.
Scoop up chocolate mixture by teaspoons. Form into balls and then roll in the cocoa. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Makes 20 truffles.
Truffle Recipe #2
- 20 oz. milk chocolate chips (divided)
- 8 oz. package of cream cheese
These ingredients can be made healthier as well. As for the chocolate, as in recipe #1, you can substitute carob chips.
The cream cheese can be substituted with a fat free variety.
On to our candy making:
Melt the 8 oz. of the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy. Blend in the chocolate.
Refrigerate 30 minutes or until easy to work with.
Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on a baking sheet.
Melt the remaining chocolate chips. Use a fork to dip truffles; return them to the baking sheet.
Decorate them (healthy options for decor would be crushed nuts – stay away from sugar crystals and other sugary decorations).
Truffle Recipe #3
- 4 tbsp. margarine
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/2 c. non-fat cream
- 12 oz. milk chocolate chips
- 4 tbsp. carob powder
In this recipe, you can again use Smart Balance spread in place of the margarine. Non-fat cream is great if you can find it; if not, use evaporated skim milk as a substitute. Continue on …
Mix Smart Balance and sugar until creamy; set aside.
In a saucepan, bring cream to a boil; add vanilla; remove from heat. Add chocolate and stir until it melts; then add the butter/sugar mixture.
Refrigerate for 3 hours and then form into balls which you will place on a baking sheet. Roll in carob powder and refrigerate.
Now, if you’d like to really emphasize the “healthy” in “healthy choclate truffles,” here’s a final recipe:
Truffle Recipe #4
- 1 c. date paste or pitted dates
- 1 1/4 c. almond butter
- 1 1/4 c. cocoa or carob powder
- 1/3 c. honey
All these ingredients are healthy, so this recipe does not need any tweaking –
Combine all ingredients and then form into balls.
Roll in crushed walnuts, cocoa or dried coconut.
Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm.
Enjoy your “healthy” truffles!