Dominique Rizzo’s Healthy Chocolate Truffles

By Dominique Rizzo for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Makes 40 truffles

Sugar and dairy free

Indulging in morning tea is usually about the sugar and carbs so if you’re looking for a healthy morning tea treat you can’t go past these healthy chocolate truffles.  They are a fantastic alternative to a brownie or other chocolatey goody and a healthy way to curb mid-morning sugar cravings. These can be gluten free as well, just leave out the oats.

200g dried figs, chopped
200g dried dates, chopped
¼ cup or rum or brandy (optional)
50g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
50g walnuts
1 cup natural muesli or oats (optional) you can use almond or nut meal instead
5 tblsp of Dutch or raw cocoa (the Dutch cocoa is available in the supermarket)
1 tblsp vanilla essence
3 tblsp of coconut oil
½ cup of naked sugar free ginger, diced
Extra Dutch cocoa for rolling

Mix the figs and the dates with the brandy and allow them to sit overnight. In a food processor or blender, combine the nuts until a fine meal and set these aside.

Place the figs and dates into the food processor and blend until broken up, add in the oats, cocoa, the vanilla essence and the coconut oil and continue to blend. You may need to do this in batches. Add in the nuts and combine again until the mixture really comes together and is quite smooth, when you are almost to the consistency, add in the chopped ginger and pulse again until combined. Roll the mixture into small balls about a dessert spoon full of mixture and then roll in the extra cocoa. You can also use chopped pistachio nuts.  Store in the fridge or in an airtight container. These will store in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Joining together for an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an easy, fun and incredibly delicious way that everyone can help work toward a cancer-free future. Dominique has created an exclusive, mouth-watering recipe, Healthy Choc Truffles, for anyone looking to impress their morning tea guests this May.

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