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Pumpkin, Coconut, & Cacao Butter Truffles

Pumpkin, Coconut, & Cacao Butter Truffles | There's something about October that just screams for pumpkin and candy! Thankfully, that indulgent combination can happen at home without being too time-consuming. These somewhat healthy truffles are bite-size balls of delicious fall flavor. | WildernessFamilyNaturals.com

There’s something about October that just screams for pumpkin and candy, isn’t there?

Thankfully that combination can happen at home in a way that is indulgent and yet not awfully unhealthy.

These Pumpkin, Coconut, & Cacao Butter Truffles are bite-size balls of delicious fall flavor.

Making Room For Dessert

Many of us are trying to limit our sugar intake — a worthwhile pursuit in a healthy lifestyle. It seems a little indulgent treat now and then, however, helps us all balance our desires for sweet treats and physical health. A great way to find this balance is by making the things you crave at home.

We’re busy people. While homemade treats are a great idea, we want quick, too. These truffles come together rather quickly with very little hands-on involvement. The majority of time in this recipe is simply letting everything chill in the freezer.

Because these somewhat healthy truffles need to be kept chilled, they’re a great treat to have tucked away in the freezer for an occasional enticing dessert. These are definitely sugar-laden and sweet. They should not be part of the everyday nourishment, but can be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day or to celebrate some grand accomplishment.

Upgrade The Truffle Experience

The pumpkin coconut centers alone are exquisite, however you’re only limited by your imagination and taste buds!

Consider these ideas for truffle upgrades:

  • Stick a piece of dried fruit in the center and wrap the pumpkin filling around it before freezing and coating.
  • Add finely chopped nuts to the filling instead of the coconut.
  • For adults, consider adding just a tablespoon of brandy to the filling prior to freezing.
  • While the coating is still wet, roll the truffles in finely ground nuts or more coconut.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the still-wet coating with some shimmering sugar or shaved chocolate.

While these truffles are not the kind you’ll be handing out to trick-or-treaters this fall, be sure to keep some in the freezer as a reward for yourself.

Have you ever made somewhat healthy truffles? What is your favorite flavor?

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Pumpkin, Coconut, & Cacao Butter Truffles
Something about October screams for pumpkin and candy. These Pumpkin, Coconut, & Cacao Butter Truffles are bite-size balls of delicious fall flavor that are not awfully unhealthy.
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small truffles
Ingredients
Pumpkin Coconut Truffles
Chocolate Coating
Servings
small truffles
Ingredients
Pumpkin Coconut Truffles
Chocolate Coating
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
For The Pumpkin Center:
  1. In the top of a double boiler, melt the cacao butter.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, shredded coconut, melted cacoa butter, and powdered sugar. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Place the bowl in the freezer and let sit 15 minutes to solidify slightly.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Shape the mixture into small balls by rolling between the palms. Place these balls on the lined cookie sheet. Put back in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or longer if you need to step away.
For The Chocolate Coating:
  1. In the top of a double boiler, melt the cacao butter. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir the honey and cacao powder into the melted cacao butter.
Assemble The Truffles
  1. Using a spoon, roll the frozen pumpkin centers in the melted chocolate.
  2. Place the chocolate covered balls back on the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. When all the balls are covered in chocolate place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  4. If necessary, reheat the remaining chocolate mixture over the double boiler so that it is liquified. Remove the truffles from the freezer and roll the truffles in the chocolate once more. Place the truffle back in the freezer.
  5. Keep the truffles in the freezer for up to 1 month or refrigerate for up to a week.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    jim
    October 15, 2016 at 3:17 am

    i need to know the nutritional details on pumpkin cacao truffles. at least the calories per truffle would help thanks

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    Eliza
    October 15, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    The photos look so tempting but when I looked at the recipe I found the amount of sugar is just too much. Surely there is a way to reduce the sugar content of these treats. Many Paleo bloggers seem to be using very little sweetener in their recipes these days. How about looking around for some new ideas? I’m aiming to do that myself.

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      Kathie Lapcevic
      October 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      There is a lot of sugar in this recipe. However, it is not intended to be anything other than a special treat. For us, these occasional sugar laden treats have a place in a well-rounded lifestyle that includes healthy, whole foods and plenty of exercise.

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