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How to Eat A Chocolate Truffle… Guilt-Free {Recipe}

Orange Chocolate TruffleWith all the celebration over kale last week, the other side of Kale & Chocolate felt a little left out. (Okay, just an excuse to share my newly created, melt in your mouth Guilt-Free Chocolate Orange Truffle recipe.)

But first, it really got me thinking about what it means to live a Kale & Chocolate-inspired lifestyle.

I created Kale & Chocolate because I believe you can’t live a life of “perfect eating” and “perfect health” without letting yourself enjoy food and let go of the  “rules” sometimes.

But, in the same breath, you can’t live a life where you feel healthy & vibrant without nourishing your body with nutrient-dense, whole foods.

So, in Kale & Chocolate land…

Nutritious & delicious are embroiled in a whirlwind romance.

Pleasurable food doesn’t come out of a package. It springs from the earth.

Plates are joyously filled with gorgeous hues of color.

Easy to make recipes can be satiating & satisfying.

Planning meals is simple & stress free.

Guilt & food do NOT go hand in hand.

Practicing self-love is part of the nutrition equation.

Nourishing your body in creative, innovative & appealing new ways is the winning formula to find balance & harmony… in and out of the kitchen.

Out of the kitchen, my yoga and running (and pups!) help me feel grounded and in the present moment. And, in the kitchen… well, what’s more enjoyable than getting a little messy and creating a heavenly, tantalizing batch of healthy chocolate? Nothing.

From my cocoa dusted kitchen to yours, try my latest double ‘thumbs up’ family-approved decadent chocolate truffle. It’s loaded with antioxidants & heart healthy fats, and one delicious bite-sized treat is all it takes to enjoy your delectable chocolate alongside your luscious leafy kale.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Orange Truffles

*Makes approximately 18 truffles

1 cup cashews (can use almonds) ¾ cup packed Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder Pinch of sea salt 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Cocoa powder or raw cacao powder for dusting

Place cashews in a food processor and blend until finely ground. Add in dates, cocoa powder, sea salt and vanilla. Once the mixture is smooth, pulse in the orange zest and process until everything is incorporated together. Next, with slightly wet hands, roll into 1-inch balls. (If the mixture is too sticky to handle, place in freezer for about 15-20 minutes until firm enough to roll.) Lightly cover each truffle with cocoa powder. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Store any remaining truffles in an airtight glass container up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze to have on hand always. Yum!

Now it’s your turn: How does your lifestyle resemble some of the Kale & Chocolate-inspired ideals? Share in the comments below.


  • Melissa says:

    This looks amazing Elise! The only problem is I may not be able to control myself once they are ready… Chocolate is my weakness!

    • Melissa! What a great question…and a great idea for a blog post. I hear you. So, my top suggestions are to take what you want to eat, put it on a plate and sit down. Then, when you are savoring your chocolate, chew it slowly while noticing how it melts in your mouth, all the flavors and the creamy texture. It’s amazing how food can become so much more filling and satisfying once you slow down and pay attention. Let me know if it helps! xo

  • Rebecca says:

    Can’t wait to try these!! My favorite way to embrace the K&C ideals is to allow myself one morning a week to go out to breakfast and order whatever I want. I don’t feel guilty about eating the side of home fries or the belgian waffle, and afterwards I feel the energy to get back on track with my green smoothies and colorful salads 🙂
    Thanks, Elise!

  • Mamaste says:

    These are outrageous! A satisfying treat that could quickly become a full blown addiction. Elise, could you substitute the orange zest for coffee and turn them into chocolate mocha truffles?Who else has suggestions? I’d love an assortment to give them out as hostess gifts.
    Yes, great idea for a blog post. How to eat just one. 🙂

    • Mamaste, I love that you are thinking of ways to make it your own. If you make the basic recipe (without the orange zest), then you can take it in a bunch of different directions. A mocha truffle sounds so good! And perfect idea to hand them out as a hostess gift. Thank you, as always, for adding your creativity to the conversation. xo

  • Anne Omland says:

    These look AMAZING! I definitely agree with your message of living both sides…thank you for the reminder!

  • Silvia says:

    Ohhhhh. These look so yummy. Love the combo of ingredients Elise. Love the post too!

  • Oh, yummy! I am have been looking for healthier way to curb my sugar craving, and this is wonderful! I can hardly wait to try it! I’m not very good in the kitchen, so I am constantly impressed with people like yourself who can come up with such great recipes! Thank you!!

  • Brenda says:

    Elise, my solution to a kale and chocolate lifestyle is to try to follow Mark Bittman’s VB6 lifestyle. So I try to be vegan before 6. In the beginning, it wasn’t easy, but now it’s a lifestyle, although there are a few days harder than others still… I have to try this chocolate recipe-yum!

  • As someone who grew up with lots of guilt around food, and who is just now starting to develop some semblance of balance between nutritious and delicious, I am grateful for this article and some much needed reminders! And the recipe sounds yummy! Thank you! <3

    • Viki, thank you so much for sharing here. I really understand the food guilt and am happy to hear that these reminders are helpful to you. I hope you enjoy the truffles…guilt-free, of course. xo

  • Carolyn says:

    these sound amazing – how many calories per ball

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