Indulgent, chocolatey treats with just the right amount of sweetness. There are tons of chocolate truffle recipes out there, but these guilt-free Matcha Orange Cocoa Truffles have all it takes to top them all.
These orange cocoa truffles are yummy little bites that will give you a bit of energy and also satisfy your chocolate cravings. The sweet dates allow you to keep these truffles naturally low in sugar, the rich and slightly bitter cocoa powder and the chopped pistachio give the extra crunchiness you need.
Plus, sneaking in some matcha powder is a no-brainer way to incorporate tons of healthy goodness into your snack time.
Why matcha powder?
Matcha powder literally means ground green tea leaves. When making green tea, most of the health benefits get trapped in the leaves and ultimately get lost. But when you eat or drink matcha you’re able to get all its nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids.
The taste of matcha is quite strong. Some people say it tastes very spinach-like. Its bitter flavour can put some people off, but I actually find that balances really well with the sweet, citrusy aroma of the truffles. If matcha is not your thing however, feel free to leave it out and just roll them in ground pistachios.
It takes less than 10 mins to make these mouth-watering truffles. And all you need is 5 simple ingredients: pitted dates, orange marmalade, cocoa powder, matcha powder and chopped unsalted pistachios. It’s pretty awesome how just a few simple ingredients marry altogether to create something that tastes pretty incredible!
For the best results, invest in high-quality cocoa, it will really make the difference. Even though is a bit pricier, I like to use Scharffen Berger or Valrhona.
Some dates can be dry and and a bit hard, but try to put your hands on some that are plump and slightly glossy and sticky. Also, you may want to give it a quick whizz in the food processor with a splash of water before adding the remaining ingredients.
The truffle mixture comes together in just a few minutes. Start by adding softned chopped dates, then gradually mix in cocoa powder, orange marmalade, and an optional handful of pistachio nuts.
Pulse until you have a smooth even mixture, dense enough to be shaped in tiny balls. If it’s too sticky, don’t be afraid to add in some almond meal, this simple trick will give a firmer texture to your truffles.
These matcha orange cocoa truffles are naturally vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. They can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. To retain their fantastic citrusy aroma, though, they’re best eaten the same day they’re made.
5-ingredient orange cocoa truffles rolled in matcha powder and pistachios. A deliciously energy-packed healthy treat ready in just 10 minutes!
- 250gr /1cup Medjool dates, seeded and chopped
- ¼ cup orange marmalade (i like the chunky texture type)
- ¼ cup high-quality cocoa powder
- ¼ cup matcha powder
- ⅓ cup ground pistachios
- ¼ chopped pistachio or almond meal (optional)
- Put chopped dates in a food processor with a splash of water and run until a chunky paste forms.
- Add the orange marmalade and cocoa powder and pulse a few more times.
- The mixture should be dense, sticky and a bit crumbly. If you like it firmer, add chopped pistachios or almond meal into the mixture. If it's too dry, just add an extra splash of water.
- Roll about 1 tbsp of the mixture between your palms to form a bite-sized ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Put matcha powder and ground pistachio nuts on a plate and roll each truffle in.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.