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Healthy Chocolate Date "Cake" Pops

These delicious little chocolate truffles are actually good for you!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, healthy treat, no bake
Servings: 12 truffles

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

For Base Chocolate Date Ball Truffles

  • 10 Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 6 Tb Dark cocoa powder

Optional Flavoring

  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil or flavoring

For Apple Cake Pops

  • 4 large White chocolate melting squares
  • 4 drops Pink or red food coloring
  • 1 Green Airheads candy or fondant
  • 12 Paper straws or candy sticks

Instructions

Base Chocolate Date Balls

  • Blend pecans in food processor until crumbly but not oily
  • Chop dates and add to food processor and blend until smooth. **If dates are older and a little hard, soak them for 20+ minutes in warm water before chopping and blending.**
  • Add cocoa powder and flavoring, if using, and again blend well, scraping the sides if necessary.
  • Dough will look like black sand. Take 1-1/2 tablespoons and roll into a ball with your hands. Dough will need to be kneaded a bit and pressed together.
  • Final date ball should appear shiny and smooth

For Cake Pops

  • Use the date balls to create a cake pop by adding a straw or candy stick to each ball
  • Melt your white {or dark} chocolate square in the microwave in a small glass container with tall sides, like my mini pitcher. This will insure better dipping coverage without wasting chocolate.
  • After the chocolate is melted add your food coloring if desired. I prefer to use natural food colorings but liquid drops or gel work just fine too.
  • Dip the ball into the chocolate while moving around and pressing in towards the sides to push the chocolate upwards to the top of the ball. Using a spoon to ladle chocolate over the top will work fine too. You may not have as smooth a finished product if you do that however.
  • Allow the excess chocolate to drip off the bottom and place cake pop in a stand for chocolate to harden

For Apple Cake Pops

  • If you'd like to take it one step further and create a fun little back to school treat you can create a candy leaf and stem for these darling apple cake pops!
  • Unwrap a green Airhead candy and place between two pieces of wax paper
  • Roll with rolling pin until uniform thickness
  • Using knife or kitchen scissors cut leaf shapes from the candy sheet and reform with your fingers pinching the bottom of the leaves flatter to lay on the cake pop. Press the knife softly in the center of each leaf to create a line
  • Cut tiny strips of candy with the scissors and roll in your fingers for each stem.
  • Using a toothpick add a tiny bit of melted chocolate as glue to the tops of each cake pop and affix the leaf and stem for all the apples.
  • Serve and enjoy!