Healthy Walnut Bites - Greek Style Truffles
Soft and moist, filled with festive aromas. These Healthy Walnut Bites can be enjoyed guilt-free!
Servings: 38 truffles
- 500 grams / 17.6 oz walnuts (can use pecans instead)
- 55 grams / 1.9 oz desiccated coconut
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 170 grams / 6 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 350 grams / 12.3 oz honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon scotch or brandy
- 500 grams / 17.6 oz unsweetened bakers chocolate cut in small pieces
- OPTIONAL: unsweetened cocoa powder
- OPTIONAL: +extra finely chopped walnuts
Blend the walnuts in a food processor or blender, until finely chopped.
Add all of the ingredients except the orange juice and honey in a large mixing bowl.
Add orange juice in a saucepan and heat over high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes (to remove some of its acidity). Remove from heat and pour in the honey. Whisk well.
Pour the mixture into the bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix until everything combines well.
Refrigerate mixture for half an hour. Just so it cools down enough to be able to work it with your hands. But don't let it get to cold as the difference in temperature will make the warm melted chocolate thicken quickly.
Shape into small round balls (about 38) and place them in a pan or large dish. It's easier if you have them all rolled and ready to be dipped into the chocolate.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl using the microwave. Make sure temperature is set to some middle level. Stir every 1 minute until so it won't burn on the sides.
Or use a stovetop double boiler and melt the chocolate like a pro. Place a small saucepan half-filled with water on your stovetop and wait until the water starts to simmer. Keep the temperature low so the water won't get to the boiling point. Place a stainless steel bowl with the chocolate on top. And stir using a silicone spatula until chocolate is melted. Just make sure the bowl doesn't get in touch with the water, and also that you scrape the sides of the bowl well. Dip 1-2 balls in the melted chocolate using 2 forks and then transfer on a cooling rack. You can place a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the cooling rack to collect the dripping bits of chocolate.
Sprinkle a few extra pieces of finely chopped walnuts on the truffles while the chocolate is still hot. Let them reach room temperature and then refrigerate.
Serving: 1truffle | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg