Special Diet - Created Date : 15.10.2019
Date-Fudge Truffles with Sea Salt
Our Date-Fudge Truffles with Sea Salt have a dense, deep chocolate-fudge flavor, much like a brownie, covered in chocolate.
Always on the lookout to make recipes healthier as well as great tasting, awhile back I was looking for healthy desserts.
You know, something I could feel good about eating, but would also make my eyes roll all the way back in my head with sheer delight.
Yeah, that kind.
It would have to involve chocolate because that’s where I live when it comes to dessert.
I struck gold with these Date-Fudge Truffleswith Sea Salt and could hardly wait to share them with you.
In my search, I landed on two promising chocolate desserts—German-Chocolate Fudge Bites and Sweet Potato Brownies—and immediately set out to try them.
Starting with the Sweet Potato Brownies, I noticed avocado in the ingredient list, a healthy fat used all over the blogging world in chocolate desserts for its creamy texture.
I decided it was time to see what the avocado-in-chocolate-dessert thing was all about and from the photo on the recipe the brownies looked to be the fudge-gooey texture I was hoping to enjoy.
Unfortunately, it was a no-go for me. I love avocado and enjoy it often, but it will never land in chocolate dessert for me again. For all those who claim “you can’t even taste the avocado” or “you’d never guess there was avocado in there,” I would say, “Oh yes I can, and I don’t care for it, thanks.”
As much as I avoid eating food that isn’t healthy, I don’t eat something just because it is healthy—it must taste good and be worthy of savoring.
This recipe for chocolate covered fudge in bite-size convenience has found a permanent place in my recipe file (and my refrigerator).
The only refined sugar in these treats is the small amount in the chocolate chips you might use. But you can control that by choosing wisely.
Dates provide all the sweetness you’ll need, as well as a host of other goodies like fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, Vitamin B6, and iron.
While fruit sweeteners are a better choice than refined sugar, it is still important to enjoy these in moderation.
I love that they are a small, yet satisfying treat.
You’ll need a food processor to accomplish a smooth texture. Otherwise, you’ll need less than 30 minutes of hands-on time with additional time to allow mixture to ‘set’ while in the freezer and fridge to enjoy chocolate-y fudge bliss.
Pecans and coconut help to provide structure with only a slight coconut nuance to the pronounced chocolate flavor.
The type of cocoa and melting chocolate you choose will determine whether they lean more toward milk or dark chocolate.
A sprinkling of coarse sea salt is the perfect finish to balance the richness, though you will enjoy them salted or not.
Place dates, pecans, coconut, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse to incorporate the ingredients. If the cocoa powder clings to the sides of the processor bowl, after 8 or 9 pulses, stop processing and scrape down sides. Sprinkle the vanilla extract over the mixture and process on high for 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture forms a consistent paste. There is no worry of over mixing, so allowing the processor to continue to run a little longer is okay.
Using a melon baller or a tablespoon, scoop small amounts of the truffle mix into the palm of your hand and roll or press into 1" size balls and place on a wax paper lined rimmed pan with a space between each. Depending on the size, this recipe should yield 18-22 bite-sized truffles.
Once all the mix is formed, place the pan of truffles in the freezer and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. The truffles need to be firm enough to not fall apart when dipped in chocolate.
When ready to cover the truffles in chocolate, melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler. Remove truffles from the freezer and one-by-one, roll in the melted chocolate with a spoon until covered. Try to cover as thinly as possible, then transfer coated truffle back to the wax paper lined pan about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle a small amount of coarse sea salt on top of each one before the chocolate hardens.
Repeat until all the truffles are covered in chocolate and salted.
Place pan in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer truffles to a zip top bag or container and store in the refrigerator.
Use chocolate chips based on your own preference. Semi-sweet chips will yield a sweeter milk chocolate flavor, bittersweet chips will yield a dark chocolate flavor.
ooooh my godness. i stumbled across your page searching for a vegan and gluten free treat to make for my colleagues for valentine’s day. i tried these little delight-bombs last night and they came out perfectly! such a glorious taste and texture. i wasn’t sure if it’ll work cos i haven’t worked with coconut meat before and the ingredients seemed rather dry, but – ooh baby – it came all together. i just had the first one and am utterly amazed. my colleagues will love me for them. thank you for the recipe!!!
Hi Macaron, I know exactly what you mean — it is utterly amazing how good these are and they are a perfect after dinner treat. Thank you for taking the time to return and comment! It means so much to receive feedback from my readers and I hope you will continue to find recipes on Savoring Today that you love just as much. ??
Dear Judy, I made sugar plums last year that these remind me of… you don’t even need the chocolate inside… just dried fruit and nuts and spices. I was the only one that liked them, but they were so rich and dense, I could only like one every couple of days. But, really did like them. Now, dipping them in chocolate would provide a whole other experience. Smart! I can see how this would be a very healthy alternative to a Christmas chocolate or truffle… and extremely satisfying. Good for you! “_ V
Judy, I could have sworn I’d commented on these previously, but it seems I hadn’t. What a wonderful recipe…. my Peter is particularly fond of dates, so I am bookmarking this one for the holidays, many thanks!
Hi Belinda, thanks for stopping by and commenting. ?? And thanks for the congrats, she has had a great step forward in her life, which is comfort to a mamma’s heart. I do hope you try the truffles, they are so good, my husband turns down Lindt truffles for these. Let me know how they turn out for you if you do, I alwasy appreciate feedback. ??
A delicious idea and I’ve often heard that dates work well as a substitute for fudge and truffles. Even the texture look so moreish and I think folks would be hard pressed to spot the difference. (Coconut & dates…yum!)
Thanks Alice, for stopping by and taking the time to comment. ?? It was great to discover your blog — hope to see you around! Yes, the dates work very well here, if you didn’t know it was made with dates, you’d never guess.
I’ve seen those avocado in chocolate recipes, and I’ve been wondering. You’ve confirmed what I suspected – thanks for saving me the trouble of trying it (although it was way, way down on my list of stuff to try anyway!). Great truffles! I gotta share this with Mrs K R – she’s really into those desserts that make her eyes roll way back in her head with sheer delight! Great recipe, and thanks. We’ll miss you while you’re gone – good luck with that party!
Good luck with that party! I went through all of that with my daughter last year. It was horrific and wonderful all at the same time. We had so many incredible celebrations however, I am glad to put it behind me. I love the chocolates – let’s hope you don’t have to make 500 of those! xx
Avocado in chocolate? I don’t think so and thanks, Judy, for testing that hypothesis for us all. Your turffles, on the other hand, sound fantastic. Pairing these with those that you made for Christmas and what a holiday platter they’d make. Just keep them away from where I’m seated. It wouldn’t be pretty, I’m afraid. ??
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The Best Healthy Fast Food Options
Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.
Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.
In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.
Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.
Sandwich with cheese and vegetables
One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.
Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.
Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.
A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.
Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.
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2. Taco Bell
Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.
According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.
One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.
Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.
Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.
Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.
Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.
For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.
McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.
Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.
It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.
BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.
Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate
Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.
Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.
The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.
Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.
With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes