A delicious quick to make snack that's healthy during pregnancy or postpartum.
Whether you are a new mama who needs a pick-me-up when feeding your baby or whether you are a Mama to be who feels their energy levels flagging at work, having these healthy chocolate truffles to hand will boost your mood and lift your energy levels.
Our brains are wired to turn to food to make us feel better! However, grabbing a chocolate bar or sugary biscuit is tempting but will leave you feeling lethargic and not so great afterwards.
Eating a nutritionally poor diet during pregnancy can effect your mood and making poor food choices postpartum can slow down weight loss and your recovery.
Swap the biscuits, milk chocolate bars and processed cereal bars for one of these chocolate truffles instead. Not only are these quick to make, they store well in the freezer or fridge so make in batches to have on hand.
Why these are TheBeezKneez
The raw nuts are rich in serotonin, a feel-good chemical that’s in short supply when you’re feeling low. They are also a good source of healthy fats and protein to ward off common pregnancy and post baby sugar cravings. The figs are an excellent source of manganese and magnesium which may help strengthen the connective tissue around your belly button which has been stretched and weakened during pregnancy.
Makes about 20-25 truffles
100g dark chocolate (85% cocoa solids)
50g cacao butter (organic), chopped into small pieces (if not already)
100g dried figs, chopped finely
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
3 tablespoons of ground almonds
100g mixed nuts and seeds, chopped finely
1. Break up the dark chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl. Add a little boiling water to a saucepan which is smaller than the bowl. The water in the pan wants to be about 1 inch high. Heat the water so it is simmering. Place the bowl over the water, on top of the pan. Heat the chocolate, stirring until it is melted.
2. Add the cacao butter to the pan and stir in as it melts.
3. Remove the bowl from the top of pan.
4. Add all the other ingredients to cacao butter and dark chocolate mixture in the bowl and mix. Add more ground almonds if you need them so the consistency is sticky.
5. Then take a small amount of the mixture and roll into a ball in between your hands.
6. Place on the prepared baking tin. Repeat until you've used all the mixture
7. Place in the freezer of fridge to set.
8. If you place the truffles in the freezer, allow about 2 hours to defrost before you want to eat them.