Healthy “Nutella” Truffles

If we were to be honest, we never celebrate Halloween here. It’s no big deal in Spain, actually. No sweets, no trick or treat, no stores selling black & orange colored chocolate chips… nothing. But hey, it isn’t going to stop me from getting on the spooky, cute-to-death, adorable sweet treats bandwagon. Duh, I love Halloween themed candy as much as the average American.

 

 


So it looks like I’m actually celebrating Halloween this year. And by celebrating I mean stitting on the couch popping Nutella Truffles into my mouth yum. Nah, let’s pretend I’m being productive and I’m actually eating this as a pre-run snack, because hey, they’re the kind of healthy snack that you can eat before AND after a workout?

Cute? Check. Delicious? Check. Healthy? Check. It doesn’t get any better than this, I tell you. I might or might not have popped a shamefully big amout of these into my mouth, but dude, these are sugar free (the nice kind, you know, not the nasty artificial sweetener kind yuk!), high protein and full of healthy fats… nothing to regret about them.

 

 

My brothers loved these as well, and although they’re too old to care for Halloween themed candy, give them sprinkle-covered, chocolat-y, nutella flavored anything and you bet they will be in. They didn’t even suspect these were healthy *spooky evil laugh*. And neither did my friends! They actually thought these were the kind of decadent truffles which make you put on weight just by glancing at them.

Don’t you love it when you masquerade healthy treats as pure deliciousness and no one can tell they’re all wholesome and good-for-you?

Best.

Feeling.

Ever.

After eating a handful of these babies, that’s it. Or finishing an awesome run, you know, the one fueled by this kind of treats where you feel invincible and get to improve your mark. Now, that’s my favorite feeling inย the world.

 

 

The only downside about these, is that they’re too cute to eat. Like, I hate it when they look me in the eyes and I can feel them say “no please, we’re lovely no for goodness sake don’t eAT US” ok maybe that was too much, like, my mind is no working properly now… is there such thing as a chocolate overload? I think I’m suffering from one. A chocolate coma, it is. And darn, I’m loving it.

Still, I had to take their eyes off (heck, that sounded gruesome) before I could eat them… because I didn’t like the way they were looking at me. Too cute to eat, I tell you. Too cute. But also too good to miss. Because they’re super chocolaty and they taste of nutella and OH THEY HAVE SPRINKLES TOO. Sprinkles > Everything.

 

 

My advice is that you eat them when chilled for a couple of hours. I mean, they’re yummy eaten straight from the food-processor blade (not that I have tried or something yo), but if you do freeze them they become little balls of awesomeness. So freeze them, guys. You’re going to love them. And don’t forget the sprinkles, yo. I know of one who had to go back to the store because she forgot to buy the sprinkles the first one. And no it wasn’t me… I never forget to buy the sprinkles.

 

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And here you have my recipe:

-Spooky Spider Healthy โ€œNutellaโ€ Truffles

Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Casual Party, Halloween

Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/2 Cups dates (about 230 gr. of UNPITTED ones)
  • 1 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 4-5 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tsp. vanilla extract
  • about 150 gr. chocolate sprinkles
  • black licorice strings
  • m&m's or smarties

Directions

1.
Soak the dates in water for 15 minutes.
2.
Break them down in a food processor and when they're blended, add hazelnuts and cocoa powder and blend until a ball forms.
3.
Shape dough into balls and press liquorice strings into each one.
4.
Press two smarties as if they were eyes.
5.
Roll them in chocolate sprinkles.
6.
Chill them on the freezer for at least 3 hours. If you chill them on the fridge, wait overnight.

Note

Don't use anything but a powerful food processor to make these. No blenders and no small food processors. I had to learn that the hard way.

You can use other nuts instead of hazelnuts if you don't have them on hand.

 

Consuelo

64 Comments

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen October 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    You had me at healthy truffles! Lovely recipe – halloweens not so big here either. But I think I could sacrifice and evening to a horror film or two while munching on these!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I think I like these better than horror films too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Claire! x

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments October 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Consuelo, these spiders are SO adorable, and I’d be hard pressed to eat them because of it. HOWEVER, Nutella is a weakness of mine, therefore I know I would do it several times over. You did a great job creating a Halloween treat!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Yeah, it was so hard to eat them! Thank you so much, Marcie! And thanks for letting me take part in the blog hop too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Joanne October 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I’m not really celebrating this year, but if nutella truffles were involved…that’s a whole other story!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Doesn’t nutella make everything better? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Kelly October 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Wow, these truffles look so incredibly adorable Consuelo! You did an amazing job decorating them and I love that they are healthy with the added flavor of chocolate and hazelnuts! These are a fantastic Halloween treat and super creative:)

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelly! I’m so happy you like them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jamie@Milk N Cookies October 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    These are absolutely adorable, Consuelo! They are almost (almost!) too cute to eat. But with a healthier list of ingredients, I have a feeling I’d be eating quite a few of them. Love these!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      You’re right: almost haha. I ate quite a lot indeed ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor October 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I love how you get into the holiday spirit even though Spain doesn’t celebrate Halloween! And these are just the cutest Hallloween treats. Such a creative idea, Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Ashley! I’m always in for candy treats he he

  • Reply shannon October 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    These are super cute. I am a total sucker for all things Halloween! I will have to keep these in mind next year.

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Shannon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    These look so good! And I could never forget the sprinkles…

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Davida! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl October 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Sooooo cute! And I love the ingredients too. I think I eat the maximum amount of chocolate a human being can possibly ingest, and I am yet to fall into a coma so so far so good…

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      You haven’t seen me eating chocolate then ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still waiting for that coma though! x

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life October 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Healthy? Cute? Chocolate? Yes to all! I just made healthy no bake bites and promptly ate almost all of them:) Festive treats that aren’t laden with sugar are always good in my book! What a fun treat Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Yay, I love festive healthy treats too. Thanks, dear! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ashley October 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    These are so so cute! haha you have me cracking up about them staring at you and telling you not to eat them : ) I’ve started to use dates a lot more to make healthier sweet treats and am loving them!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I can’t wait to hear more about those healthier treats, I’m sure they’ll be amazing!
      And yes, they talk to me, they’re so cute uuugh ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are so festive! I never thought I’d say this but I would totally pop these spiders into my mouth any day. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ You did a fantastic job Consuelo! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Hahaha I love to pop this kind of spiders into my mouth as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Anne! You too have a great Halloween!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    These Nutella truffles are scary and yummy looking all at the same time! So festive and fun!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you, Pamela ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply DessertForTwo October 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    These are almost too cute to eat. I said almost! I could pop these in my mouth plus a good cocktail and officially stay out of the halloween candy bowl for the kids!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Ooooh that cocktail would be amazing with them too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply blahnikbaker October 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    These are just adorable!! What a great idea to make them healthy during this candy parade time. Kuddos!! And when your truffles starts talking to you…then you know you have to gooble gooble faster lol!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Hahaha I definitely eat them faster when they talk to me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you Zainab!

  • Reply Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking October 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Oh my goodness, how precious are these! What a fun, colorful and creative little Halloween treat!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Georgia ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour October 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    These spider truffles are so adorable! And bonus that they are healthy too! Glad you get to celebrate Halloween this year!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you! I’m love to celebrate the candy-eating part ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry October 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Even though Spain doesnt celebrate Halloween, you nailed these spooky little truffles!

    • Reply Consuelo October 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! x

  • Reply Monica October 31, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Love your little spider truffles and I’m so impressed by your enthusiasm for Halloween even though you don’t celebrate it in Spain. I’m game for anything chocolate and hazelnuts and I love smarties! I grew up eating a ton of it in Hong Kong… : )

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      I’m actually enthusiastic for anything candy-like haha. Thank you, Monica! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron October 31, 2013 at 2:40 am

    The title is definitely convincing! Healthy?! YAY! I love these cute, creepy, yummy spiders!

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Ruby! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 31, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Hahaha! I love these Consuelo! They are so dang cute. As much as I’d love to eat them, they’re so cute, I just need to adopt them into my family and love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Kristi! :-*

  • Reply anecdotesandapples October 31, 2013 at 4:28 am

    These are TOO CUTE! And I know they’d be a hit wherever you served them (whether or not Halloween was celebrated!) Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks Monet, I’m so happy you like them ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 31, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I’m all for Healthy Desserts! This look so so cute, Consuelo ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you Kiran ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    So cute Consuelo! Love sweet treats that are healthy too. I just bought a big container of dates to try a new salad dressing recipe and I was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the dates! Now I know!

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      I’m obsessed about dates right now (I just bought two new containers ;)) so I need to try that dressing too. And make more truffles! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens October 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Beyond darling! What a fantastic idea! But you’re so right about the one little problem – do you take the eyes off (sounds so gruesome!?!?) so they’re not peering at you as they head down the hatch? Or do you just pop ’em in all at once!?!?!? Decisions … decisions … ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy, Happy Halloween, my friend!

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      It’s so hard to decide right??? They’re just too cute ugh ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you and happy Halloween to you too ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply caileejoy October 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my! These are so cute for halloween! Kids (and adults… lets be real!) will love them!! Very nice idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Cailee ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic October 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Healthy treats disguised in these crazy adorable truffles?! Yes please! These are so awesome and fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you Tina ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Laurel y Menta October 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Quรฉ deliciosas araรฑitas Consuelo!! Dan un poquito de yuyu pero no nos resistimos a darles un mordisquito, ja, ja….
    Un besito.

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      ยกMuchas gracias! Un beso c:

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com October 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    So cute! In the past year I’ve gotten into dates in a major way–they’re good for so many things, from snacking to making “truffles!”

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      They’re amazing, aren’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth October 31, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    AAH, these are adorable! I love that you made them a healthy version of Nutella. I’m obsessed with Nutella but I never buy it because of how fattening it is. These look perfect!

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I don’t usually buy them either! But I love to have it in healthy form ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!”

  • Reply Danguole November 1, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Love the “nutella” made with whole ingredients! Now, I’d never turn down a jar of that stuff, but I’m sure this tastes amazing and feels even better.

    • Reply Consuelo November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

      I’d never put down storebought either, but these are a nice treat to have more often ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Vicky and Ruth November 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Buena suerte con el maratรณn maรฑana y estas trufas con dรกtiles y chocolate, tienen una pinta increรญble.

    • Reply Consuelo November 1, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      ยกMuchรญsimas gracias! ๐Ÿ˜€

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