Chocolate Drizzled Gingerbread Truffles

Chocolate Drizzled Gingerbread Truffles

It’s December! Bring on the holiday music, decorated trees, and festive lights! ‘Tis the season for decadent treats and an abundance of good cheer!

The first flavor that comes to mind when I think about the holidays is gingerbread. When it’s baking there is such a warm, comforting smell of ginger and cinnamon. These aromas, in my opinion, are immediately calming and bring me so much joy.

These truffles are made with the traditional spices of gingerbread -- ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg -- while being sweetened by dates instead of cane sugar. Yes, dates are sweet, but their high fiber content and nutrient density make them a superior choice when compared to sugar. Click here if you want to learn more about dates.

Ginger adds amazing flavor and spice to a variety of foods, but what else is ginger good for?

  • Settles nausea

  • Aids digestion

  • Alleviates morning sickness without the side effects

  • Reduces symptoms of inflammation

  • Helps alleviate joint pain associated with arthritis

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Naturally enhances immune sensitivity which can help improve diabetes symptoms

  • Cures stomach ulcers

  • Delays growth of ovarian cancer cells, according to some studies

If you don’t already consume ginger on a regular basis, it’s worth starting! You can try ginger teas, raw ginger (it’s great in stir-fries and smoothies), ginger powder (in this recipe) and even ginger essential oils (which you could add to water - just be sure you are buying a good quality brand to get the benefits).

Back to the sweets! Because that’s why you’re really here, right? ;)

If you’re heading out to a party this season, these are the perfect treat to bring (along with the Almond Date Truffles, of course!). They take minimal time and effort yet the payoff is amazing. You’re sure to impress family, friends, co-workers, guests, hosts, or whoever else is lucky enough to devour these treats.

I hope you’ll try this recipe, and let me know what you think! In the meantime, I wish you a stress-free holiday season filled with an abundance of joy!

 

Chocolate Drizzled Gingerbread Truffles
Makes about 12-14 truffles

Ingredients
½ c oats

1 TBSP chia or hemp seeds
10 dates, soaked to soften
2 TBSP almond butter
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp nutmeg
Pinch sea salt

For Chocolate Drizzle
¼  c your favorite non-dairy chocolate chips

1 tsp coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt

Directions
Soften dates and remove pits. Add to food processor and pulse until a paste forms. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until combined. Roll into balls and place on tray. Refrigerate for 20 minutes (or freezer for 10.) While cooling, melt your chocolate and coconut oil together either in the microwave (20 second intervals and stir in between) or on the stove top. Add pinch of sea salt. Remove truffles from refrigerator and drizzle or dip in chocolate. Place tray back in refrigerator or freezer to harden.

It is best to keep these refrigerated and try not to eat them all at once!

Tip: The batter is sticky. To keep it from sticking to your hands while you roll it, slightly dampen your hands.

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