Dessert Paleo Snack

Spiced Sweet Potato Truffles

Truffles are an ideal dessert. They’re easy to make, you can make them from just about anything, and they look gorgeous despite minimal effort. I hadn’t made anything similar to a truffle since my cake ball debacle of 2014 (it was a disaster), so I figured it was time to give bite-sized balls another shot.

I searched my pantry for the ingredients I would use for my retribution balls and came across way too many sweet potatoes and a bag of Cinnamon Sweets TERRA Chips. To make truffles you really just need an element of crunch that serves as a binding agent and an element of creamy that mixed together can be rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate, so I said YOLO – let’s make truffles out of nearly 100% vegetables and make them so delicious no one would ever know they’re healthy.

This time I succeeded.

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes

Servings: approximately 28 truffles

Ingredients:
2 cups mashed sweet potato (yielded from approximately 4 small or 2 large sweet potatoes)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bag Cinnamon Sweets TERRA Chips
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon almond milk
1 bag dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  2. Place a paper towel over a cutting board for easy disposal and peel sweet potatoes.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  3. Cut ends off sweet potatoes and then dice.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  4. Place diced sweet potatoes on baking sheet.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  5. Drizzle with melted coconut oil, add cinnamon, and mix to combine.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  6. Place in oven for about 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
  7. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and transfer to a cutting board.
  8. Mash sweet potatoes with a fork.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  9. Once all sweet potatoes pieces are mashed, remove to a large bowl.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  10. Add bag of Cinnamon Sweets TERRA Chips to food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, add chips to a gallon size Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin or bottom of a cup.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  11. Pulse until finely ground.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  12. Add all crumbs except a couple tablespoons to the mashed sweet potatoes. You will be using the remaining crumbs as garnish.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  13. Add almond milk and maple syrup and mix until fully combined.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  14. Place a new piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet.
  15. Form mixture into small balls and place on baking sheet.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  16. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes, or until firm.
  17. In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips.

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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  18. Microwave chocolate chips until fully melted, making sure to stir the mixture every 30 seconds.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  19. Once fully melted, remove sweet potato balls from the freezer.
  20. Dip a sweet potato ball into the chocolate mixture, using a fork or spoon to make sure it’s completely covered in chocolate.
  21. Place truffle back on the baking sheet, and garnish with your extra Cinnamon Sweets crumbs.
  22. Repeat until all truffles have been dipped in chocolate.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
  23. Place back in the freezer for about 15 minutes, and then move to the refrigerator until ready to eat.
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    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber
    Photo by Analiese Trimber
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