No Sugar Added: Chai Spiced Orange Chocolate Truffles

I usually make a big batch of these Chai Spiced Orange Chocolate Truffles and stash them in the freezer. I love these because they are indulgent but without any added sugars. I use medjool dates to sweeten the pot!

These would be also nice to gift during the holidays or placed on your Christmas cookie plate. When you bite into one they are soft and melt-in-your-mouth. Store in the freezer for up to one month and they will hold their shape.


CHAI SPICED ORANGE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Method of Preparation: 

1) In a bowl, soak medjool dates in hot water for 30 minutes. Set aside.

2) In a double boiler over the stove, gently melt chocolate. (A double boiler is a pot of boiling water with a bowl placed on top to melt the chocolate. This way chocolate won’t burn). Stir in cream, vanilla extract, ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA and orange zest.

3) In a food processor, purée dates with water until a smooth paste. In a separate big bowl combine date paste with chocolate mixture. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes.

4) Form into truffles and roll in coconut. Enjoy on a treat day!

Ingredients:
1 PKG. pitted medjool dates (340g)
1/4 CUP hot water
300G dark bittersweet chocolate
1/2 CUP 10% light cream
1/2 TSP. vanilla extract
1 TSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
zest of an orange
1 CUP shredded unsweetened coconut

 

Listen up runners: Here's a healthy power running treat

Arvinda’s Orange-Almond Chai Running Balls first appeared in the March/April 2010 issue of Canadian Running Magazine and later in their cookbook! They're perfect as a long-run power treat or as a post-workout recovery snack.

Any workout exceeding one hour in length, requires fuel recovery — usually in the form of sugar or glucose. Many runners use gels or syrups as an easy digestible way to raise energy levels. This was something I never enjoyed as a long distance runner as it often gave me a case of nausea. Pure sugar, often with additives and preservatives, how healthy is that? I realized bringing my own homemade running treat was a tastier and healthier option.


ARVINDA'S ORANGE-ALMOND CHAI RUNNING BALLS

Method of Preparation: 
1) In a medium-sized bowl, add almond butter and mix well. If consistency is stiff, warm up slightly in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

2) Chill in refrigerator for 15–20 minutes. 

3) Roll into balls slightly smaller than walnuts. Place remaining coconut in a small bowl. Dust with coconut to garnish. Store in the refrigerator. Yield = 40 pieces.

Ingredients:
1 CUP organic almond butter
½ CUP raw honey
½ CUP almonds, finely chopped
½ CUP hemp seeds
¼ CUP chocolate protein powder
(whey or plant-based)
¼ CUP flax seeds
¼ CUP dried cranberries or raisins
¼ CUP dates or prunes, finely chopped
¼ CUP dry unsweetened coconut + extra
       ½ CUP for dusting
1 TBSP. cocoa powder
1½ TBSP. ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA
zest of an orange

These little power balls are perfect for a run, hike or post-workout treat. Now it’s time for a run. See you on the trails!