Halloween has become a huge celebration in my family. We begin preparing in early October with the search for the perfect pumpkin and decorate our apartment weeks in advance with all of the spooky decorations we have accumulated over recent years. Growing-up where Halloween was celebrated with just a few hours of trick-or-treating, I am frequently taken back by all of the festivities. There are parties to host and attend and by the time the big day rolls around my son’s costume is practically worn out.
Amidst all of this fun, unfortunately consuming large amounts of candy is still a big part of the Halloween celebration. And this can be problematic for a mom who is trying to emphasize whole, nutritious food and cut back on sugar. Not to mention that most store bought candy is loaded with truly scary ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, petrochemicals, GMOs, and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
In addition to searching out healthier options I can buy in the store (my son is partial to organic milk chocolate bars), I like to make these chocolate truffles at home. They are rich and delicious and the absolute best part is that there is not one scary ingredient. In fact, all of the ingredients have health benefits!
Just a few of the highlights include coconut manna, which is pure coconut flesh, and contains protein, fiber and healthy fats. The coconut manna in these truffles makes them very filling and you will find your chocolate craving satisfied after eating just one or two. But to really make these truffles a healthy treat I also add chia powder. Chia is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber, while also containing calcium, iron and protein. Finally, there are lots of health benefits to raw cacao powder including magnesium, antioxidants and fiber. So the bottom line is that you can enjoy these chocolates, guilt-free, during the Halloween season or anytime. Now that’s a real treat! Enjoy!
- ⅔ cup coconut manna (I like Nutiva brand)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ⅔ cup raw cacao powder
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅛ cup chia powder
- ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt
- shredded coconut, chopped almonds and/or cacao powder (optional)
- Place the jar of coconut manna (with the cover removed) in a pot with water and heat on the stove until the manna becomes soft (coconut manna is hard at room temperature).
- Mix the coconut manna, coconut oil and cacao powder together until well blended.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until smooth.
- Place small spoonfuls onto a plate covered with parchment paper and shape into balls.
- Optional - roll the balls in shredded coconut, chopped almonds or cacao powder (or whatever you like!)
- Place in the freezer until hard, about 30 minutes, and serve.
- Store in the freezer. These will stay fresh for a few weeks if they last that long.