I love chocolate and chocolate truffles are one of my favorite chocolate treats. Thankfully they are very easy to make and, with my skinny chocolate recipe, you can indulge even when you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan (or any other low carb, sugar-free plan).
Trim Healthy Mama Chocolate Recipe
This simple no-bake recipe starts with an easy batch of homemade chocolate. All you'll need is some unsweetened chocolate, refined coconut oil (no coconut smell or flavor), and a blend of xylitol and stevia (or another sugar alternative).
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Melt 1/2 cup coconut oil in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Blend 1/4 cup xylitol and 2 scoops stevia extract in a coffee grinder to a fine powder and whisk into the melted coconut oil until it's all blended together. Once it's blended, add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and mix well. Taste the chocolate mixture for sweetness - add a bit more stevia if necessary.
At this point, you could pour the chocolate out and refrigerate for a plain version of skinny chocolate or make skinny chocolate peanut butter cups! I've even created a skinny chocolate frosting recipe! But today we are going to make another great treat - skinny chocolate truffles.
Skinny Chocolate Truffles
Truffles seem like such a fancy dessert, but all you need is some chocolate and heavy cream to make a ganache. Instead of regular chocolate, we're going to use skinny chocolate as a base and mix it with some heavy cream.
Heat the cream and coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Mix in the sweetener, making sure it's completely combined. Then add the cocoa powder, stirring well. Immediately transfer to a chilled bowl.
Cover and refrigerate until chilled - about 2-3 hours. I like to check on it after about 10 minutes - sometimes the coconut oil will start to separate from the rest of the mixture. (It doesn't affect the taste of the ganache - it just looks a little funny.) So give it a gentle stir to combine the mixture. Once it's firmed up, use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop out a tablespoon-sized ball of ganache and roll lightly between your palms into a ball. Place on a small cookie sheet and roll out the remaining ganache. Refrigerate.
Once they've hardened, enjoy your skinny chocolate truffles like they are, dip them in melted chocolate (I like to use a bar of 85% chocolate) or roll them in finely crushed nuts, cocoa powder, or coconut. Keep them stored in the refrigerator where they should last at least week. I'm not sure if they last longer than that because we can't keep them in the house that long!
Skinny Chocolate Truffles Recipe
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup refined coconut oil
1/4 cup xylitol
2 scoops stevia extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Heat the heavy cream and coconut oil in a double boiler.
While the mixture heats, pulse the xylitol and stevia in a coffee grinder to a fine powder.
When the cream and coconut oil mixture is melted and quite warm to the touch, stir in the sweetener.
Add the cocoa powder and stir until completely incorporated.
Transfer the mixture to a chilled bowl and refrigerate.
Once it's chilled, roll into balls using a small cookie scoop.
Refrigerate until firm.
Transfer to a container to enjoy plain or dip in dark chocolate, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or coconut.
What sweet treats do you enjoy on your Trim Healthy Mama plan?