Mint Chocolate Truffles from 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous

Want a super-easy-real-food addition to your holiday dessert table? Today we’re sharing a delicious treat from 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous that’s made from wholesome unprocessed ingredients! These Mint Chocolate Truffles are so flavorful that it’s hard to believe that they’re made with raw dates and almonds.

100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous gives Lisa Leake’s devoted fans and newcomers exactly what they want: quick and tasty favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even snacks that are a snap to make–and all starting from fresh, whole, unprocessed food. While some dishes are blog favorites, seventy-five percent are brand new and include recipes from Cinnamon-Raisin Scones to Parmesan-Crusted Chicken. Purchase a copy of 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous today from your favorite retailer.

Mint Chocolate Truffles

My older daughter is a huge mint chocolate fan, so she was thrilled when I made this mint version of the chocolate truffles from my first cookbook. The first time she tried them she excitedly said, “These taste like candy canes!” I think that says it all about these fun little bite-size desserts that would be very appropriate during the holidays.

ch009_005_9780062433039Difficulty: Medium
Prep time: Less than 15 minutes

Makes 12 truffles
Special tools needed: Food processor


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer the “special dark” 100% cacao variety)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

1. In the food processor, combine all the ingredients and blend. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water if necessary to help the mixture stick together.
2. Remove the mixture from the machine and form it into one big piece on a baking sheet. Using your hands, divide it into a dozen pieces and roll each piece into a round little truffle. Serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.


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