So it is mid-December. We are exactly half way to Christmas. 😀 I am sure the holiday plans are all starting to unfold. The office parties are coming up. The friendly gatherings. The family nights. If any of you are like my friends and family, most of our gatherings revolve around yummy foods… and wine 😉 … and we usually go about them all pot-luck style. Which means I am in charge of bringing SOMETHING to awe the masses. Somehow I am always get defaulted to dessert… I am not quite sure how that works since I am really much better at making, well, everything else haha. However, a couple years ago, I accidentally whipped up what have be the best paleo dessert recipe OF MAH LYYYYFFFEEEE!
Let me take you back real quick… It was probably about 3 Christmases ago. We always did a secret Santa thing at my office. It was cute. For the gift exchange people who bring in snacks. So since it wasn’t a full meal kinda deal, of course the default was treats and dessert. I had just started testing my hand at paleo baking. Some things were coming out fabulous, some things mmmmm not so much. It was the first time I had participated in the secret Santa (as it was my 2nd year at the company – the first year I started 2 days before Thanksgiving so my inability to even recall anyone’s name let alone know anything about them kept me out of the whole gift deal haha). So as a first timer, and still fairly new chick, I of course wanted to impressive with my new found healthy lifestyle and way of eating. But how was I gonna find the perfect way to “trick” everyone’s taste buds and show them that this whole paleo thing could be AMAZING and DELICIOUS…
I had toyed around a bit with a banana bread truffle recipe; which ended up coming out great after some tweaking. However, it honestly was just a lot of work for an office party haha – sorry guys – and I wanted something more basic to show them that paleo can also be easy. So I decided to go with a simple chocolate chip cookie dough truffle and OH MY DELICIOUSNESS! They came out amazing. They were kind of a hit too… if I do say so myself haha. They were devoured and people asked me for the recipe. I was so excited to explain to everyone the difference between these treats and regular truffles they may buy that are full of processed junk…. But then I also had to explain to them that yes, almonds are still a fat and yes, there is still chocolate so no, you probably shouldn’t eat them as your lunch hahaha.
Fast forward a couple years and they have become very well known within my circle of family and friends. When I show up with truffles somewhere, everyone knows what they are and everyone reaches for them before I can get in the door. It is one recipe that I am probably the most proud of (along with my enchilada recipe that my dad still asks for every single day – even while I am living across the country haha). I am proud of these babies not because of the praise that comes from that but because of the fact that when I make them people smile. People are happy and excited to eat them and it, if just for that split second its in their mouth, brings them joy. That is my favorite part of cooking for others. Seeing the happiness beaming from their faces when they are enjoying the things I have made.
The recipe has taken off so much my boyfriend even made his own batch for his family’s Christmas gather a 2 years back but used ground sunflower seeds in place of the almond meal so that he could actually eat them too haha. And now this year, they are making yet another appearance tonight for my boyfriend’s shift party for the holidays. Again, I have done them with sunflower seed and honestly they taste just as spectacular! So without further ado, I share with you my infamous Christmas truffle recipe…
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
- 2 1/2 cups almond meal
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
1. Mix wet ingredients together.
2. Fold in almond meal and coconut flour gently. DO NOT over mix or it will become too oily.
3. Gently add in chocolate chips as desired.
4. Mold mixture into bite sized balls and place onto baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
5. Refrigerate balls of cookie dough for about 30 minutes to an hour.
6. While they harden, melt remaining chocolate chips in microwave for about 2 minutes. Mix well until chocolate is smooth.
7. Roll hardened truffle through chocolate until coated and place back onto plate or baking sheet in fridge.
What is your favorite go-to holiday recipe?