Healthy Recipe | Chocolate Date Truffles

Healthy Recipe | Chocolate Date Truffles

📅December 17th, 2014, 12:30

Recharge’s co-owner and pro athlete, Renee Metivier Baillie, shares her favorite healthy recipe for chocolate date truffles that make a perfect pre- or post- workout snack as well as an amazing healthy dessert option!

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Date Truffles

This tasty (and deceptively healthy) snack made primarily from dates and nuts is a perfect recovery food after a hard workout or race. It also serves as a great pre-race fuel or delicious dessert. These are a very good choice for athletes for their immediate post-training consumption because of the high glycemic attribute of the dates, the good fats and protein from the nuts, the complex carbs and complete protein from the quinoa, and the electrolytes of the salt. Additionally, they are all-natural, minimally processed, easy to digest, and ideal for gluten-intolerant people. Here’s how to make our Chocolate Date Truffles…

Ingredients (makes 12 to 14 truffles, about 3 servings):

-12 to 14 Dates

-2 tbsps Raw, Unsalted Almond Butter

-2 tbsps Quinoa Flakes -1/4 tsp of Sea Salt (or to taste)

-1 tsp Real Vanilla Extract

-Natural, Unprocessed Cocoa Powder (unsweetened!)

Place the dates, nut butter, quinoa flakes, sea salt, and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until you have a homogenous mixture (you may need to scrape down the sides a few times). Remove the blended mix from your food processor or blender, then use your hands to form the mix into balls the size of truffles. The last step is to roll the balls in a bowl containing the cocoa powder to coat each one. You can eat them right away, or they are even better after being refrigerated for a few hours. Enjoy! Note: From this basic recipe there are dozens of variations that you can try depending on your taste. To make the truffles even more delicious, you can mix in some high-quality dark chocolate chips into the batter. I like to make a coconut version using coconut flakes both blended with the mix and added to the coating. Cinnamon is another nice addition, or cayenne pepper if you like that sweet and spicy combination. Try instant coffee as an great add-in for a pre-run/post-workout boost. Use your imagination!

We feel strongly about the importance of proper nutrition for athletes. Optimal fueling is vital if an athlete wants to reach his or her full potential. Mark Wetmore, the coach at the University of Colorado, used to say “Your body is like a Ferrari; you don’t just give it any type of fuel.” For the longer training sessions and competitions in particular, it is important to keep your body’s glycogen stores topped-off because of the demanding workouts and/or mileage. And, of course, you can’t thrive without adequate amounts of protein, fat, fiber, and micronutrients from high-quality sources. We believe that people should eat as naturally as possible and avoid processed foods when possible….race-car quality! A healthy diet is important for everyone, but for an athlete trying to achieve lofty physical goals, it can be the difference between failure and success.

And if you can make it taste like dessert…all the better!  These truffles also make a great healthy option over the holidays that all the family will love!  #youbetter