Carob-Date Truffles


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Lately cacao has been getting a lot of good publicity.  It’s being touted as a superfood even, and there certainly are a lot of good things to be said for it.

  • It contains anadamide, sometimes called “the bliss chemical” that gives you the feeling of being in love
  • It contains awesome antioxidants: oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin
  • It is a source of minerals such as magnesium

So chocolate can relax you, make you feel like you’re in love and has some health benefits.  Great!

I still don’t consider it a health food and do not recommend people consume chocolate or cacao (even the “superfood” raw cacao) on a regular basis.  Why?

  • It contains toxic compounds such as theobromine and theophylline
  • It contains caffeine

These are chemicals that can negatively affect the central nervous system, the gastrointestinal system, and can result in depression, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, osteoperosis and insomnia among other things.  It also stimulates neurotransmitters which contribute to an addictive relationship and lead to that notorious chocolate craving we hear so much about.

So if we shouldn’t be eating chocolate (or cacao) on a regular basis, do we just miss out on all the fun?  Of course not!  Because there’s carob!  What is carob you ask?

Carob is a legume from the Mediterranean.  It is also known by the name “honey locust”. When it is roasted, the flavor is almost indistinguishable from that of chocolate.  It also has a variety of health benefits.

  • It is a source of vitamins B1, A and B2
  • It contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the trace minerals iron, manganese, chromium, copper, and nickel.
  • It contains protein and fiber
  • Carob has been used as a natural remedy for diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and upset stomach
  • Carob contains no caffeine

Here is a recipe for some delicious truffles that will satisfy your sweet tooth and will fool your family into thinking they are chocolate candy!  Only you need to know they’re healthy!

Carob-Date Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates (pits removed)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 T carob powder
  • 1T coconut butter
  • 1/2 t chocolate extract (optional)

Method:

  1. Put the dates into a saucepan and cover with filtered water.  Bring to a boil and boil until soft.  Drain water.
  2. Remove from heat and mash dates with a potato masher until soft and dates are broken apart.
  3. Add remaining ingredients while dates are still warm.  Mix together until well incorporated.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Freeze until firm.
  5. Enjoy!

You can include shredded coconut, dried fruits, substitute carob chips for carob powder, use a different nut butter, make it your own!

 

 

About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.

Comments

  1. Sounds delicious!
    I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of coconut butter. Could coconut oil sub for that? Thanks!

  2. You could absolutely Elise! The recipe is very adaptable.