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Chocolate Figgy Truffles

Chocolate figgy truffles

Going back to school is a real busy time for families as they settle back into a routine after a long time off.

There is homework to be done, tests to study for, after school activities to be carted around to. For the parents it means writing about one million checks for this and that, scrambling around to get school supplies, filling out hundreds of school forms and carting kids around from one activity to the next. My goodness we have all done this before, why is it always such a shock on the system to get back in the groove?

Chocolate figgy truffles

The last thing you want to worry when the kids go back to school is snacks, packed lunches and dinners when you come home tired from work or just had a long hard day with all the kids at home, so that is where I come in. My next couple of posts will be offering some simple, healthy and easy after school snacks and dinners to get your family back into gear after a restful summer.

Chocolate figgy truffles

So I was off to Bam's Test Kitchen to start to find some solutions for some easy and healthy snacks. A recent project of mine has left me with a great deal of delicious and healthy figs in my pantry and I was determined to create a recipe using my figs. I first tried making truffles with figs with Rice Krispies. Chewy and crunchy on inside but lacked what I was looking for on the outside. So then I began experimenting with figs and cocoa and I came up with the perfect combo- Chocolate Figgy Truffles.

Chocolate figgy truffles

With a little planning and not even turning on an oven, you can make some delicious healthy snacks that your whole family will enjoy. Chocolate Figgy Truffles are a great energy booster snack to help tie over the kids until dinner is on the table. You can make them ahead and they store great in the refrigerator or freezer and are highly portable to take along to all of your after school activities.

Chocolate figgy truffles

They are made with no refined sugars, gluten-free, egg free and are lactose free. Chocolate Figgy Truffles are made with all natural figs, dates, almonds and unsweetened cocoa powder. These truffles are chewy and delicately sweet. The decadent chocolate flavor grabs your senses. Chocolate Figgy Truffles are a snack that you can feel good about serving your kids so please come follow along to find out how to make this easy recipe...

Chocolate figgy truffles

Chocolate Figgy Truffles

Makes Approximately 30 truffles

  •    1/2 C dried Figs
  •    1/2 cup dried pitted dates
  •    3/4 cup ground almonds (I used crushed almonds for my truffles as I was pounding them by hand but for a smoother consistency finely ground almonds would be best)
  •    1 tsp vanilla
  •    ½ teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  •     Pinch sea salt (helps intensify the flavors but if watching your sodium intake then leave out)
  •     3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  •    Optional items for dusting your fig truffles (unsweetened cocoa powder, toasted coconut, crushed toasted almonds, toasted white sesame seeds)

Step 1: Soak dried figs in hot water for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour just until slightly softened. Drain water and set aside.

Step 2: In a food processor or with a sharp knife pulse or chop together the dates and figs until they are very smooth with no large chunks or fruit.

Step 3: If using a food processor, add the ground almonds, vanilla, sea salt and unsweetened cocoa powder and mix until well blended. If you do not have a food processor, place the chopped fig and date mixture into a bowl and mix in the ground almonds, vanilla, sea salt and unsweetened cocoa powder manually until well mixed. (Now here is the part where you can get creative as a lot of flavors go well with chocolate like orange zest, dried cherries, so add what you and your kids like)

Step 4: Take approximately 1 teaspoon of the Chocolate fig mixture in your hands and roll into a ball. Continue this process for the rest of the mixture.

Step 5: Roll the balls into unsweetened cocoa powder, crushed almonds, sesame seeds or even toasted coconut to make a yummy treat. You can even dip your balls into melted 70% chocolate for a decadent treat. Refrigerate balls for at least 15 minutes until set.

Step 6: Enjoy these healthy and delicious Chocolate Figgy Truffles as a healthy snack or a decadent ending to your perfect meal.  These store best in the refrigerator up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months (yeah right like they would last that long with a household of hungry teenagers... LOL) Chocolate Figgy Truffles are gluten free, lactose free, sugar free, egg free and vegan friendly.

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Chocolate Figgy Truffles

By HWC Magazine  , , , ,

August 28, 2012

  • Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients

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  • Joyce Barnes

    Hi, Bobbi, my sweet -toothed husband has just been diagnosed diabetic, these look ideal. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Joyce

  • Hello Joyce, I am sorry to hear this news about the hubby but I am glad I can help you with a few diabetic friendly recipes along the way. My hubby loved the truffles dipped in toasted almonds and I love the ones powdered in the unsweetened chocolate and my hungry teenagers just inhaled all of them. Take care, BAM

    • Joyce Barnes

      I made them today, we LOVED them, thanks!

      • Awesome! Chocolate Figgy Truffles also freeze great too. I will try to keep some diabetic friendly recipes coming your way. Take Care, BAM

  • Count me in, especially if I don’t hav eto turn the oven on ! A great snack-treat there BAM

    • These little truffles are easy peasy to make. Maybe 15 minutes flat from start to serving… You don’t really need to let them set in the fridge for 15 minutes while they set. I just like them cold. You have to love that! Take care, BAM

  • Wonderful treat, I will have a box of the ones dipped into melted 70% chocolate please.

  • I think these truffle will be making their way into my kitchen real soon, once my house is back in one piece again. Thanks for sharing Bam! My little girl is going to go ga ga over them!

    • Good luck with the kitchen saga…. and hoping it resolves soon. Take care, BAM

  • No, no, no, why did I have to see this recipe!!! I will not be able to resist making these!
    🙂 Mandy

    • It will only take about 15 minutes of your time and it is relatively a guilt free snack so give it a go. Take care, BAM

  • For some reason, I can’t see your photos, but the recipe reads like these treats would be rather delicious!

  • Oh, how wonderful! I love truffles made off dried fruits… 🙂

    • Thank you and I think you could consider adding dried cherries or any type of soft dried fruit you like to this combo. I guess I just need to get back into Bam’s Test kitchen and give it a try. Take Care, BAM

  • These will be great for the kids. Wait a minute. I’ve no kids. Yay! More for me!
    Thanks, BAM!

    • No problem I can send 2 kids your way, straightaway. My hungry teenagers boys would love it at the Bartolini Kitchens with all that yummy food. You would never be able to get rid of them if you kept on feeding them. All the same, I hope you enjoy the truffles. Take Care, BAM

  • What gorgeous little truffle balls my friend, perfect for school and the energy it requires, be it kids or parents 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Now for you I would certainly dip yours in 70% chocolate to kick it up a chocolate notch my dear chocolate guru. I hope your studies are going well. Take Care, BAM

  • Really clever recipe! Who doesn’t like truffles, and this looks to be an exceptionally healthy and tasty way to make them. Excellent recipe – thanks.

    • Thank you! I just love experimenting in the kitchen. I think it helps me expand my culinary skills. Sometimes I have happy accident and sometimes just pure failures as new recipes are born. However, as we all do, I learn from them and that is the fun part. Thanks for supporting me along the way. Take Care, BAM

  • Oh my god my mouth is watering just from seeing the pics… Thanks!

    • Thanks for stopping by Alex. These little truffles only take about 15 minutes to make and no oven required. You got to love that. Take Care, BAM

  • My children would love these. And I couldn’t agree more – getting back into the swing of school is a shock to the system…no matter how well prepared we try to be! 🙂

    • Thanks Kristy. We have just survived week one of the start of the school year. I think we just get out of practice and the kids brains are still on holiday. Take care, BAM

  • Mich Piece of Cake

    Love this healthy treat, full of nuts and dried fruits! I was just checking out Angie’s raw energy bars and yours really do remind me of that but in a ball form…

    • Thanks. I would love to see Angies raw energy bars. Can you please send me the link so we can share with the other readers? Great minds think alike. Take care, BAM

  • Now I’m just checking here – these little nuggets don’t have to be just for kids right? They look really good & I have to say I love the name. I am so glad I’m done with the school thing – when I look back at all of the driving (my daughter was a competitive figure skater so we’d drive to the rink before school, then school, pick her up, back to the rink)… I just can’t remember how I did it although i do miss the chats in the car.

    • Adults like these little truffles just as much as the kids. Great as pick up with the afternoon tea or coffee. Grab a few out the door on the way to work and it can double as a quickie breakfast. I am still doing the school thing but lucky for me we have public transport in HK and the kids can get there on their own but sometimes I tag along just because I do want that special time alone so that my teenagers can share their day. They grow up so fast and I don’t want to miss a thing! Take care, BAM

  • Figs are so wonderful, but I always find myself at a loss when figuring out how to use them. This sure solves the problem! I especially love the idea of coating the truffles in rice crispy cereal for a good crunch.

    • Hannah, you are in luck. I have just landed a project where I will be creating numerous dishes using dried figs, fig sauce, fig jam and let me tell you there are so many delicious things you can make with this very healthy fruit. More to follow… Take Care, BAM

  • You’ve got my sympathy, BAM as we’ve gone through that before. My question is, why do we have to do all the prep for lunch, and snack when we are the one writing the checks for tuition and books? I guess that’s because we are the parents, huh! Oh well. Hehe. Love those chopped almonds around the treats. Yummy! 🙂

    • I know we have all been there done that with the schools, it is just so much work. The quality of the school lunches is a whole other topic so currently I make all my boys sack lunches to bring to school. I just bought one of those really cool Chinese thermos pots with many layers so they can bring lots of little dim sum and other hot dishes to school. Have a super weekend. Take Care, BAM

  • I am so not ready for school to start next week – and I completely forgot about all the paper work, ugh!!!!

    • We lived through week one for the first week of school with my youngest teenager but this upcoming month my eldest will start and I bet that will quadruple the number of forms and checks to write…

  • Count me in Bam!
    I love the idea of these! and I think I will make some over the weekend
    looking forward to your upcoming posts

    • Hi Sawson, how are you doing with the start of the new school year? Are you surviving? I am also going to be making some of your yummy after school snacks for the boys this upcoming weeks. My boys are eating me out of house and home! Take care, BAM

      • Hello Bam 🙂
        We start next week and I totally get the “shock to the system” part of your post! I finished all the preparations for school with one last trip to finish the paper work remaining so I am maintaining my sanity so far! lol
        I will be making these beautiful truffles tomorrow hopefully and I am really looking forward to more ideas and inspiration.
        I hope your boys will enjoy the snacks and will have a wonderful school year
        How are you coping by the way? I only have one kid in school, my son is still too young and I am hardly getting ends to meet

        • Between work and the kids school starting it has been busy, but I love it. I am glad they are back to a routine even if it is a busy one. I always say “Busy Kids are Good Kids! ”
          I have been looking over all your back to school treats and they all look so yummy but I think my boys might really enjoy your savory oregano cheesy muffins. I can freeze them and pop them in the microwave. Love that idea!
          Take Care of yourself, BAM

  • Oh, yes please! I would devour these 🙂

    • Hi Tandy, this one would be a great one for you no added sugars. Only natural sugars. I hope you are doing well. Take Care, BAM

  • Those all look so yummy–it’s great that they’re healthy, too! 🙂

    • Completely coincidental but you have to love that! Take care, BAM

  • My kids school opens next week, I am already getting panicky… God I hate getting up early..LOL
    These treats look Lovely…. Just what I need right now!!

    • Reem you are bringing a little humor to my day. Thanks for that. Eat some chocolate figgy truffles treats in the morning with your coffee/tea, its the wakeup breakfast of champions. Take Care, BAM

  • I can always count on you, Bam, to come up with something healthy and more-ish for the kids, well, teeneagers here! I was reading and thinking “what about dates” and there they were. I love everything in this recipe, especially thinking it would be perfect for me when I’m craving something sweet!

    • Thank you Smidge. I did make it for the boys but I found myself loving them as well. They are small and just slightly sweet. A perfect treat to keep you going around that 2/3pm when we all need a pick me up with little or no guilt. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • Lisa

    I love figs..I love dates..I love nuts..I love chocolate cocoa. You should sell these..I don”t think I’ve ever seen any truffle like them!

    • Thank you Lisa for your very kind comment. Coming from you and all of your cooking experience, this means so very much to me. Take care, BAM

  • Kathleen Richardson

    It’s the addition of the orange zest that is the clincher for me, BAM. I was just making out a shopping list, so will be adding figs, dates… My grandsons will love them. I’ll love them!

    • Hello Kathleen, I was also thinking another yummy addition instead of orange zest might be sweet tart dried cherries. What do you think ,maybe we should just give it a try. Kind of like a chocolate cherry cordial… I hope you are having a super weekend. Take care, BAM

  • These look great Bam, over here at Chez Yumbolicious we’re trying to cut back on our sugar intake a wee bit, and our sweet-tooth is suffering badly, these might just be the solution we were looking for! Thanks!

    • Thank you. I guess back in olden times when sugar was not invented yet they used figs and dates as the natural sweetener. I love the little small bites as good for a quick pick me up with little guilt any time of the day. Take care, BAM

  • What an amazing way to make a healthy snack! So delicious!

    • Welcome back Jasline! Thank you. How was your trip?
      Take care, BAM

  • Lesley

    What an amazing idea. I love little bites like these that are easy to pop in your mouth!

    • They are kind of addictive so it is a good thing they are guilt free. Take care, BAM

  • Yummy! 😀

    • Thanks a fun and easy snack to share or to take on the go.

  • Beautiful presentation! I’m going to try these, looks like a great snack to stash in your purse for those moments you feel famished.

    • Thank you. You so could put a few in a little baggie in your purse for those healthy snack attacks. If they last that long…Take Care, BAM

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