Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Truffles (with a semi-healthy twist!)
Who doesn't love to feel fancy every once and awhile?!
The truth is, these truffles were kind of a "baking accident". I had originally set out to create a recipe for brownies, but my batter came out way too thick! I tried spreading it with my hands to fill the baking pan, but it totally didn't work out. So, I rolled the batter into balls, placed them on a baking tray, popped them in the oven, and prayed for the best. I was expecting cookies, but when the balls didn't flatten, I called it a day and named them brownie truffles. The verdict: they taste amazing!
What's great about these fudgy chocolate brownie truffles is that although they are sweet and taste great, I was able to use ingredients that are in line with a healthy lifestyle. However, I really do share the perspective that "everything should be consumed in moderation", and although these are semi-healthy sweet treats, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with full-fat, full-sugar desserts.
Below are some of the ingredients I used for the truffles, along with their health benefits.
Greek yogurt is rich in protein, which not only keeps you full longer, but also assists in building bones, muscles, and cartilage. It is high in calcium, a mineral that helps you maintain bone health, and Greek yogurt is a good way to get vitamin B12 into your diet (B12 normally comes from animal products). Vitamin B12 leads to the formation of red blood cells.
Applesauce is a great substitute for butter in baking. Now, we have to be careful here - we do need a certain amount of fat in our diet to protect our organs, improve brain function, and regulate the body's processes (like temperature control). Butter is also rich in the fatty acid butyrate, which has anti-inflammatory properties and protects the digestive system. However, if your diet is already heavily filled with fatty foods, then replacing butter with applesauce in baking can be a smart move for your health.
ORGANIC COCONUT SUGAR
Coconut sugar is a slightly healthier sweetener that can be substituted for white sugar. Although coconut sugar should be consumed in moderation (like any sweetener), it does offer certain health benefits. Notably, it contains minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, along with antioxidants.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, which help fight the oxidative damage produced by the body's free radicals. Cinnamon can also have an anti-inflammatory effect, lowering the body's risk of disease, and can also play a major role in decreasing the risk of heart disease. Additionally, cinnamon is known to lower blood pressure and the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body. It can easily be said that cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices in the world!
Have I convinced you to get baking?! Read on for the full fudgy chocolate brownie truffle recipe!
FUDGY CHOCOLATE BROWNIE TRUFFLES
Makes 15-18 truffles
- 3/4 cups of flour
- 3/4 cups of cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt (plain)
- 1/2 cup of applesauce
- 1/3 cup of organic coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 to 3/4 cups of chocolate chips (optional)
- Icing sugar or cinnamon for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
- Beat the egg (with a fork) in another medium-sized bowl.
- Add in the Greek yogurt, applesauce, coconut sugar, and vanilla to the bowl with the egg.
- Fold in the chocolate chips (if desired) and mix well. NOTE: batter will be thick - you may need to use your hands to make sure that everything is mixed well!
- Spray your baking pan.
- Roll batter into truffle-sized balls and place them on the baking tray. NOTE: batter will be sticky - feel free to dust your hands with flour in order to shape the dough into balls.
- Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of your truffles).
- Sprinkle with cinnamon or icing sugar after you have removed the truffles from the oven.
So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!