01/02/2016

Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles

When I think of Valentine's Day chocolate is pretty much the first thing that comes to mind, so of course I jumped at the chance to collaborate with a bunch of other Canadian bloggers to bring you an AMAZING roundup of chocolate recipes! We're each sharing a decadent way to use chocolate this Valentine's Day, including my amazing (and totally healthy!) Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles! Be sure to stay tuned to the end of this post for links to all the chocolate recipes you'll ever need!


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There are millions of flavour possibilities when it comes to chocolate, but I firmly believe that chocolate and spice is one of the most underrated combinations. These truffles bring together deliciously rich chocolate, sweet dried fruit and warm spices like ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne, paying homage to the ever-popular cinnamon heart candy. And really, Valentine's Day is all about spice!

My husband loves chocolate and when I made these Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles for him he was over the moon! Being married to a food blogger means he's always bringing treats to work to share with his ever-thankful co-workers, but these bad boys?? There was no way he was going to share! He ate every single one of these himself!

Rich dark chocolate and a chewy fig centre...and they're made with all natural ingredients that are actually good for you! That's right, these truffles are a great guilt-free treat, and they make a great Valentine's gift for someone special!

Like this recipe? Check out these Peppermint Chocolate Truffles or these decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


I adapted this recipe from some Chocolate Orange Fig Rolls my cousin brought to a family Christmas gathering, and she was kind enough to let me share my version of them with you today!


Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles (makes about 28 truffles)

You'll need:

2 cups dried figs
1 cup dates
1/4 honey
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp orange juice
a dash of cayenne pepper
18 oz dark chocolate

cinnamon for dusting


To make:

Add the figs, dates, honey, orange zest and juice, and spices to your food processor and process on high speed until a thick paste forms. You may have to scrape down the sides a few time to be sure everything is blended evenly.

Roll the mixture into balls about 1 or 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The mixture will be very thick and sticky, so it's a good idea to wet your hands with a bit of water as you roll. This will help keep the surface of the balls smooth, making them perfect for dipping in all that dark chocolate you're about melt!



Refrigerate the fig balls for about 30 minutes to 1 hour after rolling. This helps them maintain their shape, and makes it much easier to dip them in chocolate.

Add the dark chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it in 30-second intervals at 50% power until it's melted completely. It's a good idea to stir the chocolate after each interval to make sure it doesn't burn.

Dip each of the fig balls into the dark chocolate and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet so the chocolate will set.

Refrigerate the truffles just until the chocolate sets and dust with some cinnamon before serving!

All these flavours work so well together, and the dusting of cinnamon and the pinch of cayenne added to the filling create a beautiful warmth that's perfect for a winter dessert! These truffles are so tasty! You're going to have a hard time eating just one!



These Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles are a naturally healthy treat, and they're 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per truffle.

Like this recipe? Check out my Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites or this healthy Chocolate Coconut Granola!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Be sure to check out the other delicious chocolate recipes linked below!

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3-Ingredient Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Cups by The Refreshanista
Chocolate Dipped Honeycomb by My Kitchen Love
Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles by The Busy Baker
Cocoa-Rubbed Drumsticks by Chew Street
Dark Chocolate Rosewater Truffles by The Cinnamon Scrolls
Gooey Caramel Cookie Cups by Liv for Cake
Mocha Waffle Torte by Cocoa Bean, The Vegetable
Savoury Chocolate Ravioli with Ricotta-Beet Filling by Imagelicious
Two-Bite Mochi Brownies by The Chewy Life

6 comments:

  1. Yum! I love spice and chocolate together :) I like that there's orange in this too! So much flavour :)

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  2. These look so delicious, I can imagine why your husband gobbled them all up! I love the combination of chocolate, fig, cinnamon, and cayenne, too. Sounds absolutely perfect for a V-Day treat!

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  3. I received a bag of chocolate covered figs for Christmas last year and they were delicious; I'm sure these can rival the ones I received! I'll be making these soon :)

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  4. Lovely! I have to say, fig and chocolate aren't the first pairing I think of but it would totally work! And I'm completely with you- when I bake something extraordinary my boyfriend would never let it leave the house! :)

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  5. These look and sound delicious!! I'm not surprised you guys kept them all to yourselves, I would have too ;).

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