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Thursday, March 31, 2011

No Bake, No Sugar Chocolate "Larabar" Truffles


You are gonna like these!  They are really good.  They are make from very healthy ingredients, and contain no sugar.  They taste very much like a Chocolate Coconut Larabar.  I have always been a fan of Larabars because they are made out of just a handful of healthful ingredients...


... the above bar contains-dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened cocoa and coconut. That is it!!

I knew these would be easy to replicate, so I was excited to see that the Nourishing Gourmet had already tried and succeeded!  I used her recipe and was really happy with how they turned out!


I packaged some of mine pretty to take to my Radiation Oncologist as a thank you on my last day of radiation.  He is a diabetic, and I knew he had been staying away from refined sugars.  He seemed pleased to have a treat that was sugar free, tasted them and approved!

You DO NOT have to be a date lover to like these.  I do not like dates!  In this recipe, they provide the sweetness and I could not tell there were in there. 2 of my 3 girls loved these and couldn't get enough. My oldest is not a fan of coconut, so no luck with her.  The neighbor kids gave them 2 thumbs up and asked for more.
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Here is the recipe, adapted from the Nourishing Gourmet:

 Chocolate “Larabar” Truffles-Makes about 20 truffles
    20 dates, pitted
    1 cup of coconut flakes, fine
    1/4 cup of coconut oil
    Heaping 3/4 cup of cashews, walnuts, pecans, or nut of choice
    2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    A few dashes of unrefined salt
1) In a food processor, combine the pitted dates, coconut flakes, and coconut oil. Process until the mixture is finely ground.
2) Add the nuts to food processor and process until the nuts are in very small pieces (some even completely ground)
3) In the warm pan, add the chocolate to melt. If you need a little more heat, put on the very lowest heat on the stove, just until melted to prevent burning. Scrape into the food processor and add the salt and vanilla. Process until well mixed.
4)  Roll into balls (refrigerate for 30 minutes if too sticky...mine were not) and place on a plate or in a container and then harden completely in the refrigerator. Keep cool until you serve and enjoy!
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6 comments:

  1. Ohh, yum! These look fabulous. I will have to try them. I have made another "Larabar" before and and the ingredients do sound strange, but they are awesome.

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  2. I'm always looking for something sweet, especially at night. I love coconut so maybe these will be just the thing to hit the spot but keep me healthy at the same time! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Can't wait to try these. I'm always looking for healthy snacks to take in my lunch to work and these sound so good!

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  4. These were yummy! I did this all, except for the rolling, with my seven month baby girl on my hip. So easy.
    I've made this recipe also, cinnabun larabars.

    http://www.organicthrifty.com/2008/11/14/cinnabun-lara-bars/

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  5. Love these! I just made them. Even my kids love them. Easy to make too!

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