Friday, April 20, 2012

Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Healthy Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Truffles

These tasty, perfectly peanut buttery and dark chocolaty treats are just the thing for a little sweet bite when you need one.  I love that they are actually pretty healthy and you could easily make them gluten free. You might think peanut butter and chocolate ARE gluten free, but I happened to use Naturally More Peanut Butter which has a few added ingredients, like flax seeds.  The ingredient list also includes wheat germ, so these aren’t gluten free, but you could use any natural peanut butter you’d like and most are just peanuts and salt.

I can’t even take credit for this and I’m sure there have been lots of chocolate peanut butter truffles on the internet, but I was/am happy enough with how these turned out that I needed to share them with all of you.  I actually got the recipe from the Coconut Recipes website.  It was a newly submitted recipe by a reader, Megan from Glendale, California.  I liked that these have coconut flour and coconut oil.  I have a bag of coconut flour that I’ve been wanting to find more things to use it up with.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles (Healthy) These couldn’t have been more simple to make.  Some natural peanut butter was mixed with just a touch of agave nectar (you could also use honey) and some coconut flour.  After forming the peanut butter mixture into balls, they are frozen for a short time and then dipped in melted dark chocolate.  That’s it.  You could easily make a bunch of these for a party or as gifts.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Coconut Recipes

6 tablespoons (96 grams) natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)

pinch of salt (if using unsalted peanut butter)

1/4 cup coconut flour

3 ounces dark chocolate

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.  Mix together in a medium sized bowl the peanut butter, agave, salt and coconut flour.  (This easily mixes together with a spoon—no need for a mixer!)  Once it’s all combined, form the peanut butter mixture into teaspoon-sized balls.  Set on the waxed paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil either in a glass microwave-safe bowl or in a double boiler on the stove over medium heat.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Let sit for a few minutes so it’s not too hot before dipping each of the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate.  Set each one on a fork, set it down in the chocolate and spoon more melted chocolate over it until covered.  Tap the edge of the fork on the bowl to let any of the excess chocolate drip off into the bowl. 

Set each one on the waxed paper and let sit until the chocolate hardens (it starts to immediately because the peanut butter is frozen).  You can also set the sheet full in the refrigerator to set up completely when they are all finished.  This smaller recipes make about 12 truffles, you could easily double the recipe.

Healthy PB Dark Chocolate Truffles 4-16-12

This post is being added to Lisa’s Sweets for a Saturday over at her delicious blog, Sweet as Sugar Cookies!

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22 comments:

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

they sound great, even if they are healthy;P

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Healthy?! Wow, I want one!

susan said...

I prepare fathers day chocolate hamper and this truffle can be a good addition to it. I have few doubts. By coconut powder do you mean coconut milk powder. Also don't you think the use of coconut oil can provide somewhat different taste.

Lisa Ernst said...

Yum! I want to try these -- soon. I seem to have an adverse reaction to coconut flour though. I wonder if almond four would work instead.

Valerie said...

I am trying to eat a little more healthy (a little) and these look like they would calm my sweet cravings.

Veronica Miller said...

Thank you so much for sharing--I'm so making these! I've seen healthy recipes for peanut butter truffles, but they have protein powder in them and I just never buy that. But I have have a lot of coconut flour--yippee! Thanks! They look fantastic.

AmyRuth said...

I wish I had a handful right now even thought its late o'clock. They look and sound really delicious. Great idea-coconut flour. Nice photo as well.

Lisa said...

Wow, these are so much lower in sugar than any other I've ever seen. That's definitely good for me. Love it.

Jill said...

These sound so yummy! I bought some coconut oil but haven't used it yet, so I appreciate the link to the coconut recipes site.

Baking Ribbons said...

The photo of these is perfect! Can you substitute a different flour? I have not seen coconut flour. I LOVE PB and chocolate!!!!

Shelby said...

Katrina, that photo is so drool worthy. I'm going to have to figure out the carb count for these because I certainly want to make them and if I do, Grumpy's going to want to eat them too!

E.K.R said...

These sound delish!! I have a bunch of coconut flour I've been looking to use up and this seems like a really interesting way to use it. :) Thanks so much for sharing.

Feast on the Cheap said...

Oh my goodness, these look so yummy!

pinkstripes said...

I'd like a box of those, please! They look great!

CookiePie said...

Oooooooh -- those look amazing!!!!

Rachel said...

oh my goodness....chocolate and peanut butter and healthy? Want to make these right now!

Flourchild said...

I have a whole bag of coconut flour I need to use...Im loking fwd to making these babies!

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Jeanette said...

These look so good, who would know they had coconut flour in them. Curious what the consistency of the filling is with coconut flour,

Traci Courson said...

Those look great. Have you tried Xocai Healthy Dark peanut butter cups loaded with high anti oxidants ? If you are interested I can send you a sample..:)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

So delicious - and healthy!! I'm sold!!
mary x

Dawn Lerman said...

Yum!! These look a lot like a recipe I have, too! Check them out:

http://snackingoutsidethebox.blogspot.com/2011/01/chocolate-berry-brownie-squares_30.html