Back in 2010, well before the ‘I Quit Sugar’ craze took hold, we cut the sweet stuff out of our diet. It was part of a larger change in how we eat and in one fell swoop we cleaned out the cupboards and went cold turkey. (If you’re interested, you can read all about it here).
The first few weeks were challenging to say the least but the results were remarkable. I’ve learned a bit over the past few years, now use rice syrup instead of apple juice concentrate amongst other things, and while I’m not quite as good as I used to be back then I do still follow the basic principals. I’m currently working on getting back into the groove.
Around the same time we settled into our new patterns I started to follow Sarah Wilson’s posts about sugar – or the absence of sugar as the case may be – and watch with interest as her personal experiment turned into a worldwide phenomenon. First came the I Quit Sugar Program, then the IQS Cookbook, and soon she’s launching an online portal.
So when an opportunity to contribute a recipe to Sarah’s new IQS Chocolate Cookbook came up I jumped at the chance. What do you know but one of my submissions was selected.
In addition to 74 delectable chocolate recipes that are nearly healthy enough to eat for breakfast there’s a load of information about cacao vs cocoa, super-food ingredients found in the recipes, and sweeteners that don’t contain fructose.
As a contributor I have a copy to give away and I figured there would be a few people out there who would like to get their taste-buds on this one!
[UPDATED: This giveaway has now ended – congratulations to the winner, Jackie, I’m sure you will enjoy devouring this book. Thank you to everyone who entered! xx ~ JJ]
Giveaway open until 11.59pm Saturday 10 May (Sydney time). Winner will be selected based on the best comment about what naughty treat you wish was healthy. Winner will be notified via the email address linked to their entry. Open to persons with Australian mailing addresses only.
I’m inspired by everyone’s answers about what foods they would like to flip, you can bet you’ll see many of them show up here at some stage!
Of course there are a heap of naughty-but-nice chocolate recipes already floating around in my archives including Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream, Choc Macadamia Spread, Vegan Chocolate Fudge, Banana Split Spread, Vegan Vanilla & Choc Cheesecake and Choc Hazelnut Spread, and you can always find all my refined-sugar-free dessert recipes here.
But in the meantime it’s only fitting I share the recipe that made it into the book – Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles! Oh, you may want to wipe your chin, there’s a bit of chocolate on it.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
These no-sugar truffles are the perfect treat to cure any craving. They have been adapted from one of my original recipes for inclusion in I Quit Sugar: The Chocolate Cookbook. Grab yourself a copy and check out all 74 luscious chocolate recipes!
Makes 15 – 20 truffles
- 1/3 c natural peanut butter [or any other nut butter]
- 1/3 c oat bran, plus extra if necessary
- 1 heaped Tbsp cocoa or raw cacao powder
- big pinch sea salt
- 1 Tbsp rice malt syrup, optional
- 1 1/2 Tbsp raw cacao powder, extra, to roll truffles
Stir together all ingredients, except extra cacao, until well combined. If necessary add more oat bran a teaspoon or so at a time until the mixture is firm.
Scoop or pinch off small pieces and roll between your hands to create truffles. Drop onto extra cacao powder and shake gently to coat.
Eat immediately or refrigerate for 30 mins and roll in a second coating of cacao.
- For an extra decadent treat mix equal parts melted coconut butter and coconut oil with a bit of cacao powder and drizzle over cold truffles.
- Substitute the peanut butter with any other nut or seed butter, simply adjust the quantity of oat bran as needed for the consistency of the butter. Macadamia butter, almond butter and even perhaps tahini would be perfect.
vegan // dairy free // refined sugar free
This post is not sponsored, however a copy was provided to me as a contributor to the IQS Chocolate Cookbook. I will receive a small commission if you purchase the book after clicking on the links in this post.
I’m on a big homemade marshmallow kick, but have been trying to hold back as they are packed with sugar!
Oh that is a tricky one, now you have my mind ticking over!
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
We recently cut all refined sugars our of our diet and the results have been amazing! These little PB truffles look great!
It is quite amazing isn’t it 🙂
When you say “amazing” and “remarkable” what do you mean exactly? I know how awful sugar is for our health (in many respects, a poison) ….and I love desserts; really addicted to sweet treats. I would love to wean myself and learn to love veggies more. Thanks!
Hi Juli, for me it was quite incredible when my sweet cravings simply stopped after a few weeks off all sugar and substitutes. I was balancing my glucose levels with chromium too, but cutting out all sugar changed the way my tastebuds acted and the kind of food I craved. Then there is the fabulous weight loss side effect 🙂
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Your truffles look fabulous, I love the peanut butter!
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
JJ these look amazing! I want to pop one straight in my mouth! I would love to win a copy of the book.
Its so difficult to choose one. I guess I wish all the treats were super healthy! 😉 The truffles look great! And so does the cookbook 🙂
Heehee if only! Thanks 🙂
Deepa Gopinath says
Ohhh these look divine! Ive been oogling this book since it was released and would love to win a copy. As for what I wish was healthy. …..gelato messinas milk chocolate gelato with peanut and chocolate bits. Oh and brownies 🙂
Oh nice one! I have to say Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream is pretty good in a pinch but Gelato Messina is the best. There are a couple brownie recipes in the book, good luck!
I find most sugary treats can be replaced, but I was a massive lolly fene so would say raspberry licquorice
Yum! I’ve had my eye on these since you posted this and made them this morning – delicious. As for what I wish was healthy..hmmm just sugar!!
Excellent, glad you enjoyed them!
I fundamentally don’t believe in calling foods naughty, but I want to enter so goodbye morals! 😉 So I’ll say I wish the food pyramid told me to eat entire jars of peanut butter.
hahaha fair enough! I do have to say as much as I like natural nut butters there is something I miss about the sugar and salt laden creamy peanut butter of my childhood ;D
Monica McGuiness says
How about gluten free, sugar free, dark chocolate orange truffles?
Now that can definitely be done!
Hey there, I just wanted to say that your blog is amazing! Great pics, wonderful recipes and all in all just a nice little thing. 🙂
Hmm, if there is one thing that I wish was healthy that I have not yet found a good sub for, it is: my mother’s pasta dishes and cakes. They just dont taste the same slimmed down.
Wow, thanks Laura! I’d love to give one of your favourites a recipe-flip, feel free to email me!
How cool, thanks! Ill do that as soon as Ive gotten my mum to share her recipes. That can be tricky sometimes, but Im sure she might release one or two. Id love to see what you do with them and then of course test the new versions. 🙂
Tough question…I’m so used to healthy treats now that I don’t think there are many unhealthy foods I miss. Maybe almond croissants! They’re pretty tough to healthify!
Looking forward to making the choc pb yummies.
I’m a bit the same way, when I do give in to traditional stuff they just don’t live up to what I expect! Yeah, almond croissants would be a tough one but I have a few ideas already… (I’m loving all this inspiration!)
I just found your website today and it is awesome! I just convinced my husband that our family should give up sugar, but he has such a sweet tooth. I know being able to have something sweet on occasion will be nice.
Hi Margaret, thank you so much! It is a tough one but once you break the habit it makes you look at – and taste everything differently 🙂
Looking FANCY says
Omg, i’m already in love with these truffles! They look gorgeous!
I wish my moms noodle kugel were healthy!
Thanks for sharing Dana, mind is ticking over on that one 🙂
Wow, these look incredible… I was just thinking today about how lucky we are to be living in a world with so much more knowledge and awareness about nutrition (still not enough in my opinion, but SO much more than a just few decades ago).
I am constantly on the lookout for a healthy peanut-butter fudge recipe. Everything I have seen so far either is PACKED with butter, and the “healthified” versions just replace it with coconut oil – which is ridiculously expensive where I live. Any ideas? 🙂
Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry says
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
Maria @ Box of Stolen Socks says
Jackie B. says
I was just looking at a Pinterest recipe for Snickerdoodles. Those would be wonderful, if they weren’t so “naughty”. Thanks for the chance to win!
Ooh I’ve had Snickerdoodles on the brain lately! Thanks for entering 🙂
Tina @ bitemeshowme says
Amazing! These remind me of my protein balls that I make. Sometimes I wish macarons were healthy, because I always find myself sneaking one in everytime I make a batch!
Hey, all in the name of quality control ;D
i don’t believe there’s naughty (and nice food). that just fuels fear about food. there’s too much of that! food is food.
No-bake cookies with peanut butter. I love the dense, chewy texture. We have been on a no-sugar fast for 2 weeks now and I think the only reason I have stuck to it this long is that my family is always around to witness what I eat.
It is good to have other people around to help keep you on track! I’ve never heard of no-bake peanut butter cookies, I must find out what they are…
brenda hayes says
Can’t wait to try these. Thanks.
Chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels. Please don’t leave me alone with those… lol
I wish oh wish that apple crumble was healthy but still buttery, gooey and moist!
Also I’m just loving your blog at the moment, how have I not been addicted to this before. You girl are inspirational!
Wow, thanks so much! Have you seen my Apple Crumble Pie? http://84thand3rd.com/2012/06/18/perfect-apple-crumble-pie/ I’m a little bit in love with it 🙂
Suzie Love says
I am obsessed with Nutella, it tastes beautiful on everything! I wish it was fat free.
If you make a fructose free version the only fat is the good stuff from the hazelnuts! This one is a pretty good substitute http://84thand3rd.com/2012/02/05/nut-tella-type-choc-hazelnut-spread/ ;D
I wish German chocolate cake was healthy.
Oh so do I! Chocolate, caramel and coconut are such a great combination
I don’t like to think of any treats as truly naughty, but I do wish caramel was better for me! This cookbook sounds fab – I didn’t know that brown rice syrup was better for you than apple juice, for instance!
fair enough – on both points! Caramel made with rice syrup will be fructose free but I’m not sure it would count as healthy ;D there are a few coconut versions out there though 😉
I wish triple chocolate cookies could be sugar-free 😀
They can definitely be refined sugar free!
I know they’re american and I’m not, but I am obsessed with Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups.. I also wish cheeses like triple cream brie were good for you and vegan.. soy cheese just isn’t the same unfortunately!
Reece’s Cups don’t descriminate ;D I have to say these truffles cure that choc peanut butter fix pretty well!
there is so much decadent sugar goodies i wish were sugar free….. say choc cake with a hepa of icing!
Anna @The Littlest Anchovy says
OK – I cannot get over how good these look. If this is what quitting sugar looks like then sign me up!
Christine @ Cooking Crusade says
Hard to believe these delectable chocolate goodies are sugar free! I definitely eat waaay too much sugar and should really start making more sugar free desserts. I definitely need a copy of this book in my life!
Theresa Ferrari says
I need this book! I love to bake, total foodie and family member has recently been diagnosed with type II diabetes. Looking for alternatives to sugar filled desserts that still provide that sweet treat!
Love the use of peanut butter! would be interesting to use pumpkin butter and cinnamon for a more autumn-y feel! 🙂
I love that idea! Perhaps half pumpkin butter and half almond butter or they may be too soft…
Nel Elaine says
Looking for ways to cut back on sugar and these look so tasty! If I had to pick a treat I wish was sugar free it would be ice cream especially as it gets closer to summer!
Pure fruit frozen and blended is a great summer treat and so easy to make, try bananas and mango to start!
glad I found you
Those look incredible! I will be trying those soon! I am just finishing up 21st of no sugar and I’m going to continueto off of sugar. It’s just too addictive for me! The one thing that I will miss the most of flavored coffee creamer. Oh, and a Bavarian Cream donut! 🙂
Barb K says
My pick for naughty treat that I wish was healthy is the donut.
Amanda H says
Dried Fruit 🙁
Too much sugar.
Narelle Rock says
I wish that Sticky Date Pudding with butterscotch sauce and creamy vanilla ice-cream was healthy!
I wish cheesecake was a little more healthy.
The truffles look great and I’d like to quit sugar or at least cut back.
melissa darr says
Oh gosh I use to love a custard bee sting bun! Pity I am diary intolerant now 🙁
Going to google this wonderful sounding treat now – you know I can make pretty much anything dairy free ;D
Anything with flakey pastry, especially croissants!
such a challenge on that one!
Sara @bellyrumbles says
I love this recipe…. seems to be sweet swap material :p
Pate for cruelty reasons!
My peanut butter addiction thanks you lol
How I wish chocolate cheese cake was healthier. I love it!
hi there! i am so glad i came across your website. this recipe looks amazing and i cant wait to try it! however i was wondering if i could use oatmeal/rolled oats instead of oat bran? will that be okay?
oh and im sorry but one more thing
could i use table salt instead of sea salt?
thank you so much
Hi, glad you like the recipe! You could use oats… I’d blitz them in a processor/blender first to make them finer – otherwise the truffles will just me more, rustic ;D Table salt is fine I’d use a bit less though. Enjoy!
I came across your website because I searched for sugar free cacao recipes. I used to be addicted to sugar and I considered myself to be a sweet tooth. This may have started in childhood because I had several molars removed when I was 4 to 5 years old from eating too much sugar and I began eating sugar more when I had children because I was so tired and I used it for energy and a way of rewarding myself. I tried chromium and that lasted temporarily. But to cut a long story short I am no longer a sugar addict and I don’t crave sugar, in fact I prefer savoury and when I eat something with lots of refined sugar it doesn’t appeal to me anymore; it tastes fake and sickly sweet. I went on a diet and began eating healthy and that’s what curbed my sugar cravings. I now prefer healthy recipes with cacao powder and healthy sugars such as rice syrup, coconut sugar etc. A lot of the recipes that I make for sweet foods are raw based and my children are getting used to it too. I even made Sarah Wilson’s ‘Nutella’ recipe and it tastes much better than the real thing. I’ve cut out sugar by 90% per cent on a daily basis and I feel fantastic!