Anytime I have the opportunity, I get my daughter in the kitchen. I have her there measuring, mixing, cleaning up – that is – learning. I think it’s so important for all children to learn about where their food comes from – what the ingredients are, how things are made, how recipes are formed, etc.
There are so many times when a meal or baked good is too messy or complex for my daughter to help, but these chocolate truffles are a definite exception. They were created one day when she requested to bake, although these don’t require an oven – and the only things to clean are a couple of measuring utensils and a food processor! They are not only very easy for a child to help make, they are also delicious – very similar to a gooey, chewy chocolate… but they’re full of healthy add-ins. We like to keep them in the freezer so that they are very firm.
- 8 Medjool dates, pitted
- 3 T chocolate hazelnut butter
- 1 or 2 T goji berries
- 1 T coconut butter
- 3 T almond milk
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 T cacao powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2 T hemp seeds
- 1 T unsweetened shredded coconut
In a food processor, combine the first 5 ingredients until smooth and creamy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined.
Use an extra small scoop or tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out the mixture. Drop into the moist hands of a child helper so that he or she can roll them into balls and drop on a lined baking sheet so that they don’t stick.
Refrigerate or place in freezer until firm. That’s it!
Enjoy making & eating these healthy chocolate truffles with your favorite little one!