StoryThe idea came from a recipe I found for chia snowballs, but you know I have zero ability to follow a recipe, and I was jonesin’ for something mint-chocolatey, and unfortunately, a Starbucks peppermint mocha is not in my cards right now. But perhaps it is a fortunate reality, since it pushed me to create a new treat to share with you. Notice, I didn’t say a “healthy” treat even though it is one – because really, who cares? These chewy truffles taste like chocolate chip cookie dough with a hint-of-mint, making them them an undeniably perfect holiday goodie. I dare you to try them out on your friends and loved ones and let me know what you think!
Ingredients2 1/2 (75gm) cups gluten-free brown rice cereal
1/2 cup (40gm) gluten free oats
1/4 cup (1oz) chia flour or finely ground chia seeds
1/4 cup (1oz) coconut flour
1/4 cup (2 oz) raw cacao nibs
1 cup (8oz) cashew butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 teaspoon powdered stevia extract
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 package (9z) dairy-free chocolate chips
1tablespoon coconut oil
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment or waxed paper.
Measure the rice cereal, oats, chia,and coconut flour into a food processor. Process until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a bowl.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together the cashew butter, maple syrup, and almond milk, stirring often, until smooth. Stir in the stevia and peppermint extract. Turn off heat.
Pour the warm cashew butter mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl and a soft dough forms. Mix in the cacao nibs. Using a small cookie scoop to portion the dough, roll into small balls and set on the baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate and coconut oil over low heat. Dip the truffles or drizzle with chocolate as desired. Set on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
Servings Per Recipe: 42
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 6.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 13.0 mg
Potassium 43.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 11.6 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sugars 5.6 g
Protein 2.1 g
Adapted from Chia Snowballs by Green Smoothie Girl