Healthy Chocolate Truffles




From the last 4 years, I have been making Oreo truffles during holiday season with my kids. So this year was no different. But when I started making the ingredient list that read- Oreo cookies, Cream cheese and chocolate chips; I took a pause. After Diwali, Halloween and Thanksgiving the last thing we needed was more calories and more sugar. So I changed it up a bit and made my chocolate truffles from healthy ingredients.

Here's what I used to make healthy chocolate truffles.
1 cup - Pitted Dates
1 cup - Mixed Nuts like Almond, Pistachio, Walnut, Pecans and Cashew nuts (in any combination or all)
1/4 cup - Dark chocolate chips (can use milk chocolate too)

Ingredients

Method 1-
Grind the nuts into powder form leaving some texture. Take it out in a bowl. Now grind the dates and chocolate chip in the food processor till its broken down. Add the nut mixture back in the food processor with the dates and chocolate chip mixture and blend till it becomes a dough like consistency. That's it. Now roll them into small balls and enjoy. This method is very easy and take very little time and the taste is still yummy.





Method 2-
Grind the nuts into powder form leaving some texture. Take it out in a bowl. Now grind the dates in the food processor till its broken down. Add the nut mixture back in the food processor with the dates and blend till it becomes a dough like consistency.
Now roll them into small balls and refrigerate. On the other side, melt the chocolate chips in microwave for 30 secs intervals till its smooth. (Don't over heat the chocolate). Now coat the cold nut and dates ball with the chocolate and let them to set.
The yummy truffles are ready. This truffles look more like a treat and taste divine. As a bonus, they are healthy.

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This is a great snack for kids as well. You can reduce the chocolate even further or completely eliminate it and they still turn out good. 



Mom Me Time



As a stay at home mom of 3 kids, I hardly get time to get my stuff done, let alone some me time to relax.After all these years, I have found of the ways to sneak in some much needed time for me.

Here are some things I do-

1. Waking up before my world- There are days when my kids wake me up and our day just goes with the flow. But the days I wake up early are the most productive ones. I don't always try to finish off my household work before the kids are up but sometimes I spend those morning caring about myself and doing things I like that I might not be able to do otherwise; like relaxing baths or as simple as putting a nail paint on.

2. Grocery trips without kids- I have to thank my husband for this one. He totally gets it that it is nearly impossible to get anything done with 3 kids, 2 hands and 1 cart.  Not only can I get things done quicker but also get some alone time when he is home with kids.

3.Staying up late after kids/hubby goes to sleep- On the days I haven't got to sneak in some me time in above mentioned ways, I stay up late with myself and watch some TV, read, or do some craft.

4. Bathroom breaks- I kid you not, these are the best ways I can get a moment or 2 to myself. They are small break that help me get thru the day. I stay in there a little longer than the time my business takes. After every tantrum, spills, mess and you get it what all I go thru ;its these little breaks that help me think thru and get control over myself so I can come back a little stronger to face my mommy challenges.

5. Play dates- I have some wonderful friends who are in the same boat, we try to baby sit for each other once in a while allowing each other some me time. With 3 kids, I sometimes need more than one friend at a time to find some down time but it’s never an issue. 

6. Smiles- Sometimes the best way to relax is to leave everything else and just sit and watch your kid play. Those smiles make everything worth it.