Gift for Mom: Pea-not Chocolate Truffles

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on May 8, 2012

Mother’s Day has always been special at our house.

Wait, let me try that again…

We’ve always tried to make Mother’s Day special, whether that’s been the case for the past 26 years is another story.

This especially holds true for the 3 year period Christina; my sister, and I were teenagers together. Our hormones were raging, our attention span was short, and making plans that didn’t revolve around our social circle was next to impossible.

During this time, Dad took it upon himself to plan a fun filled day to celebrate Mom only to end up frustrated when the three women of the house – my mom, sister, and myself, would start an argument halfway through the festivities and end up ruining the day. Darn those teenagers.

Our poor Dad, even our dog was a girl.

Over the years I’ve come to realize how important celebrating this holiday is to my Mom. It’s just unfortunate that it took me growing up to realize just how lucky I am to have the family I have.

Now, Mother’s day is all about celebrating our Mom and putting as much effort as possible into showing her just how much we appreciate her. Christina is really good with planning events and I’m good at making sure people don’t get hungry during them. Together we’re a Mother’s Day dream team.

This year, we’re celebrating it with a morning of gluten-free cinnamon buns (new and improved recipe coming tomorrow), light lunch, and an evening of Indian food.

Instead of buying presents, my sister and I agreed to do the homemade thing again this year. My Mom loves chocolate, is allergic to dairy, and is a sucker for peanuts. Of course I had to make truffles for her… what Mom wouldn’t want homemade truffles for Mother’s Day?

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Gift for Mom: Pea-not Chocolate Truffles
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Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 12 truffles, 12 servings
 
Vegan, nut-free sweet chocolate truffles with no added sugars.
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Instructions
  1. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil, unsweetened chocolate, pea-not chocolate butter and powdered xylitol. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add half of the cacao powder and stir until fully combined.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and stevia.
  4. Chill mixture until firm but still scoop-able, about 3 hours in the fridge.
  5. Place remaining cacao powder in a large dish. Set aside.
  6. Scoop into 1-inch balls, rolling between palms to form. Place complete ball in cacao powder dish. Hold the dish in your hand and move it back and forth in a circular motion to move the chocolate ball around in the powder. Keep the ball in the dish and repeat with remaining truffle mixture.
  7. Once complete, place back in the fridge to harden up slightly. If they are melted too much, the cacao powder gets sucked up and looses it’s powdery outside.
Notes
To grind your xylitol, place in a coffee grinder and run for a couple of seconds. Not grinding the xylitol will result in xyltiol crystals throughout your truffles. No good!

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Pea-not Chocolate Butter

Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
Yield: 1/2 cup chocolate nut-free butter Servings: 8

Nut-free chocolate pea-not butter.

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Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and combine until fully incorporated.
  2. Use in recipe above, or use as a breakfast or dessert spread for fruits, breads or just off a spoon.

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Notes

If the sunflower butter that you purchase is quite oily naturally, omit the grapeseed oil.

One bite and she’ll know who her favorite daughter is…

just sayin’

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Oooh your sister’s gonna have some work to do if she wants to top these! ;) Great post Leanne, and I bet your mom will love your present! I will be making the 3 hour drive to see my mum for Mother’s Day, and we’re going to see a play the night before. I’ll probably make a brunch/big breakfast the day of, because my mum hates to cook but loves when I do it for her! (Clearly, my foodie genes did not come from her side!) ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

My Mom is the same way! She’s okay with cooking, but would far prefer if I did it. When I told her I was going to make gluten-free naan for Mother’s Day, I was pretty sure she was going to cry! Enjoy your time with your Mom :)

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Andrea

Your mom is going to have a great mother’s day! These truffles look delicious. I was thinking about making my mom lemon poppy seed scones for a brunch-type treat, but she is the pickiest person in the world, so wish me luck!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m sure you’ll rock it, Andrea. Have a fabulous time with your Mom!

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Danielle

What a lovely post! I can definitely reminder some teenage/hormone-fueled fights! Haha. My sister and I are making mother’s day brunch this year – should be interesting ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

When I’m asked whether or not I’d ever entertain the idea of having children those hormone fueled fights come to the front of my mind. If I was guaranteed to have a boy… maybe. The things I put my Mother through, my goodness.

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Holly

Awww. This is so sweet. You’ve reminded me to make sure I call my mom for Mother’s Day. You’re so right that it really needs to be about the moms. Not until I was in my late 20′s did I begin to realize just how much my mom has done for me over the years.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Isn’t that the way of it! Doesn’t mean we can’t make up for lost time!

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LizAshlee

What a fun recipe! Truffles are some of my favorite treats to make healthy!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, hun :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

Great recipe and what a sweet tribute to your mom and family. Yes, growing up and/or having a family of one’s own, tends to make you appreciate all your family did for you when you were growing up and how special they are.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, Averie! I hope your Mom’s day is filled love and appreciation. You deserve it :)

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Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food

Oh you’re going to have a very special mothers day this year…. So many goodies!! I always live making my mom treats and doing something special. Still need to figure it out for this Sunday!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, Heather. It should be a good time indeed! Have fun with your family :)

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Penny

What can I sub for the xylitol and stevia in the truffles, and the stevia in the butter? Our regular sweeteners are raw honey, maple syrup and dates/date paste.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Penny – I bet you could use medjool dates instead. Just remove stevia in both recipes and add 8 pitted medjool dates to the truffles. Enjoy!

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