Monday, December 17, 2012
chocolate pecan pear truffles
It's just not Christmas without truffles - rich and chocolaty, they are the perfect bite-sized holiday treat when you are looking for just a little something sweet.
Truffles are super easy to make, no stove top or oven required - just 15 minutes of your time, a few ingredients and cute containers to display your handcrafted truffles which are sure to make your friends and family smile this holiday season.
I love the holiday season - however this time of year I find it difficult to remain balanced. Last week I had 5 different engagements to attend which typically means less gym time, more harried eating and not so balanced meals.
The truffles I am sharing with you today allow a little sweetness during the Holidays with a bit of a healthy twist - healthier than your normal truffle.
Pecans, coconut oil, pear butter, maple syrup, cocoa, vanilla & cinnamon are the only ingredients found in these truffles - less refined sugar means less quilt and could also mean a little more healthy indulgence this holiday season.
What is your secret to staying balanced this time of year?
Do you look forward to the New Year just to hit the "restart" button and get back to healthy well planned days with far less commitments that the Holidays bring?
Chocolate Pecan Pear Truffles
makes 24 truffles
you will need:
1 cup pecans
2 tbsp coconut oil - slightly softened (room temp)
2 tbsp pear butter or other fruit butter
1 tsp cinnamon + more for rolling
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder + more for rolling
in a food processor pulse all ingredients together until a soft batter/dough is formed. Working with a teaspoon at a time roll a bit of truffle dough between the balls of your hands forming a round truffle.
Place the extra cinnamon on one plate and cocoa on another - roll each truffle in either the cinnamon or cocoa - alternating with each truffle (12 & 12 of each kind).
Place truffles in mini cupcake wrappers or simply serve on a small platter.