Looking for a healthier option for your sweetie during Valentine’s Day? These unique Chocolate Truffles with Strawberry Cream are paleo and vegan, so they fit any special diet!
This post was originally featured as my guest post on Real Everything
We are almost a week into February already and you know what that means? Valentine’s Day is 8 days away and that means chocolate and sugar over-load for many people. And yes, this is also a subtle reminder for guys reading this as well: Valentine’s Day is only 8 days away- don’t procrastinate!
Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, can be an excuse to eat lots of sugar and candy, especially chocolate. If you or your family have food allergies, it is a pretty good idea to avoid boxed chocolates because of cross contamination and mystery ingredients. One such box of chocolates sent my daughter to the emergency room several years ago.
If you are looking for healthy and safe treats to give to loved ones on Valentine’s Day, these home-made chocolates are an easy treat.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe! My husband likes chopped almonds added to the chocolate, but I made these without almonds so my kids could have them, too.
You can roll the chocolate into truffles, or you can spread the chocolate mixture on waxed paper and cut with cookie cutters, as I did in the photos. You could also use dehydrated blueberries instead of strawberries for a fun twist!
Another way to make these is to roll the chocolate “dough” into balls and pressing a divet into the top to add the strawberry cream!
Chocolate Truffles with Strawberry Cream (Paleo)
- In a small food processor or blender, process the dehydrated strawberries until a fine powder forms. Set aside.
- In the same food processor, process the dates, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt until a paste forms. You can make this more or less chunky depending on your preference. If the dates are a bit dry to start, you can soak the dates in warm water for 30 minutes prior to processing to soften them.
- Add the cocoa powder to the date mixture and stir to combine. You can add more cocoa powder if you want a darker chocolate taste.
- Roll the date mixture into balls or spread flat on a sheet of waxed paper. Chill until well set, about 30 minutes. If you spread the chocolate out, you can slice the chocolate or use cookie cutters and cut out shapes.
- Meanwhile, place the coconut cream in a medium bowl and beat with a hand blender until creamy. Beat in the strawberry powder and your sweetener of choice until well combined. Stevia (liquid or powder) and honey both work well here.
- Place the strawberry cream in a bag with a frosting tip and pipe onto the chocolate truffles or chocolate cut-outs. Keep stored in the fridge.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist