Recipe: Honey Dark Chocolate Truffles

Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday that’s often associated with healthy eating. The candy, the wine, the cream-filled, butter-covered decadent dinners—not really the kind of meal that’s going to help you fit into your skinny jeans. But what if I told you there was a way to treat your honey-bunny with some decadent, rich, healthy candy?

These four-ingredient dark chocolate truffles are free of refined sugar and incredibly rich and delicious. And since the best way to celebrate that special someone in your life is to help keep them healthy, you can feel good knowing that these truffles are packed with cardiovascular benefits. Did you know that dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids that help protect your cells from environmental toxins and repair damage? Dark chocolate also has been proven to help with vascular health—such as improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

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There are two keys to getting the heart healthy benefits for dark chocolate—moderation and cocoa content. Like most foods, make sure you eat chocolate in moderation, and pick dark chocolate (with a cocoa content of 75% or above) over more sugar-filled milk chocolate varieties. These truffles check off both requirements—just don’t eat the whole batch by yourself!

Honey Dark Chocolate Truffles

Makes 8 Truffles

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Ingredients

  • 5 ounces unsweetened, dairy-free baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Sifted cocoa powder, for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds. Then stir. Repeat microwaving and stirring in 30 second intervals until the mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or until the mixture has hardened and cooled completely.
  3. Remove the bowl from the fridge, let warm up for 10-15 minutes. Then scrape out tablespoonfuls into damp hands. Roll into balls. Your hands will get chocolatey, but the mess is worth it!
  4. Roll each ball into sifted cocoa powder, tapping to remove excess. Refrigerate the truffles until ready to serve.

Nutrition per serving (1 Truffle) : 165 calories, 16g fat, 11g carbs, 2g protein

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!