Monday, February 3, 2014

Chocolate Sweet Potato Truffles

I can't say that I'm a huge fan of professional football, but I do like hanging out and I definitely love food, so yesterday was a great day! A couple of friends had people over and everyone brought a dish to share, which resulted in the best assortment of food from guac to ham to chili to pizza...I wanted to come up with a treat that was sweet but still "healtheasy," so I thought what better way to do that than with sweet potatoes? These truffles are naturally sweet, and you definitely wouldn't be able to tell that there is a vegetables in them!

I ended up discovering that the state of my bag of sweet potatoes was not as good as I had hoped, so I brainstormed another dish and brought that along as look out for a sweet potato dip recipe in the coming days :)

Please make and enjoy these balls, and please keep the feedback coming! I love it when you share your results with me!

Chocolate Sweet Potato Truffles

Chocolate Sweet Potato Truffles

Ingredients (makes about 25-30 truffles)

  • 3 small sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or other nut flour)
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder (unsweetened), plus more for dusting 
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chocolate whey protein powder (optional, may need to increase almond flour/cacao amount if using)
  1. Steam or microwave sweet potatoes until they are very soft. Remove skins. (and eat them, if you're like me)
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and while still warm, add coconut oil and honey, and mash well with a fork or spatula.
  3. Let cool and add almond flour, cacao powder, and protein powder (if desired) and mix well until all ingredients combine into almost a play-doh like consistency. Since sizes of sweet potatoes vary, you may need to add almond flour/cacao powder until you achieve the right ratio. Dough should hold shape well, and should not be too sticky, but the next step can also help reduce stickiness.
  4. Spread about 1/4 cup cacao powder on a plate, and as you shape the dough into approximately 3/4 inch balls, roll in powder and set finished truffles on a baking sheet or different plate. 
  5. Place finished balls in the refrigerator for about 1/2 an hour to allow them to firm up.
  6. Enjoy the sweet (potato) goodness :)
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