WW Recipe of the Day: Low-Fat Gingerbread Truffles
These delicious no-bake truffles would be a welcome addition to any holiday dessert table. Spiced with flavors of the season—cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger—these gingerbread bites are naturally sweetened by the dates and molasses.
The original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of molasses, but I substituted half of the molasses with date molasses, because I had it in the pantry and why not?
The processed mixture is very sticky and a little messy when it comes to rolling the balls—thank you dates and molasses—but if you love simple sweets (and we do), so worth it in the end!
How Many Calories and WW Points in Gingerbread Truffles?
According to my calculations, each 2-truffle serving has about 151 calories.
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How to Make No-Bake GingerBread Truffles
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Process the dates in a food processor (affiliate link) (or high-powered blender (affiliate link)) until they are finely chopped.
Step 3: Add the molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg and continue processing until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Step 4: Add ⅔ cup rolled oats and process mixture until oats are mostly chopped and batter sticks together.
Step 5: Transfer batter to a mixing bowl and place the remaining 2-½ tablespoons rolled oats on a flat plate.
Step 6: Roll the batter into 12 equal size balls between the palms of your hands. (The mixture will be very sticky - if too sticky to work with, try chilling the batter for about 30 minutes before rolling balls.) Roll balls in rolled oats until coated.
Step 7: Chill truffles for 30 minutes before serving.
Step 8: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
While mixing, the batter will become very sticky. If desired, you can chill the batter for about 30 minutes before rolling—it will still be sticky, but you may find that it's a little easier to roll.
Ways to Use Leftovers
- Blend truffles with unsweetened almond milk beverage and ½ frozen banana for a simple gingerbread smoothie.
- Layer truffles with plain non-fat Greek yogurt and pumpkin granola for a festive holiday breakfast parfait.
What is Date Molasses?
Date molasses is commonly called date syrup and is considered to be a food with a low glycemic index, which means it is digested and then absorbed slowly by the body. It is rich and dark tastes just like dates.
Date molasses is usually made with dates only and no additional ingredients or refined sugar. Though I haven't tried this, it looks like you can easily make date molasses (or syrup) at home.
Simply add dates to a saucepan with water and bring to a boil for 5 to 10 minutes, until the dates become plump and soft. Remove to cool slightly and then process in a food processor (affiliate link), or high-powered blender (like a Vitamix (affiliate link)), until you have a thick syrup. Water is added for a thinner syrup, or removed for a thicker, more paste-like version.
I love dates and think date syrup would made a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles and banana nice cream.
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Low-Fat Gingerbread Truffles
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons molasses (or date molasses)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 pinches ground cloves
- 2 pinches ground nutmeg
- ⅔ cup + 2-½ tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
- Process the dates in a food processor (or high-powered blender) until they are finely chopped.
- Add the molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg and continue processing until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Add ⅔ cup rolled oats and process mixture just until oats are mostly chopped and batter sticks together.
- Transfer batter to a mixing bowl and place the remaining 2-½ tablespoons rolled oats on a flat plate.
- Roll the batter into 12 equal size balls between the palms of your hands. (The mixture will be very sticky - if too sticky to work with, try chilling the batter for about 30 minutes before rolling balls.) Roll balls in rolled oats until coated.
- Chill truffles for 30 minutes before serving.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe source: The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook: More than 80 Healthy Treats That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Breaking Your Calorie Budget (affiliate link) by Chef Devin Alexander and The Biggest Loser Experts and Cast with Melissa Roberson
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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