Little pecan pie bites dipped in delicious dark chocolate. A wonderful low carb treat for any time of year!
The holidays are made for chocolate. Or maybe chocolate is made for the holidays. Well, regardless of this little chicken vs egg thing we have going here, the fact remains; chocolate and the holidays are made for each other. And I take this very much to heart: stocking up on plenty of chocolate for baking and sharing well in advance of Thanksgiving, dreaming up recipes the moment there is even a slight hint of a chill in the air. Baking with chocolate during the holidays makes me feel cozy and warm, and sharing my baked goods with others just feels like good old holiday spirit. I feel like you can make almost any goodie more special and holiday-like by dipping it in chocolate. Or drizzling it with chocolate. Or spreading it with chocolate. Or glazing it with chocolate. Just somehow schmearing it with chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, and suddenly you have a truly special holiday treat on your hands. But it really can’t just be any old chocolate. Trust me, I’ve had years of experience doing this. Nearly 30 odd years I’ve been baking and messing around with chocolate, melting it carefully over the stove and try to drizzle it or spread it or dip things into it. I’ve had some spectacular failures, where the chocolate seizes thickly and you just can’t seem to recover it. And even some where the chocolate melts but is simply too thick for dipping. That can definitely put you out of the holiday spirit. One of the best chocolates I’ve found for dipping truffles, cookies, and other delicious treats is GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC 85% Dark Chocolate. It melts incredibly smoothly and I have no need for adding additional butter or oil to thin it out, as I do with some other brands. Just set it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of water, and stir until melted and smooth. It’s also just the perfect bittersweet chocolate flavour that I love, and it complements sweet baked goods so well. GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC chocolate is, as the name suggests, certified organic and they take great pride in sourcing the best organic ingredients for their chocolate. It is also Fair Trade certified, so we consumers can rest easy knowing that they are supporting the farmers and workers from around the world who supply the ingredients. Follow GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC chocolate on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve had my eye on creating some Pecan Pie Truffles for a while now. And they seemed like the perfect way to showcase GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC 85% Dark Chocolate for the holidays. These no-bake treats have a cookie dough consistency but all the great flavour of one of my favourite holiday desserts. And they look so pretty, all dipped in bittersweet chocolate with a sprinkle of chopped pecans. These are definitely a treat worth sharing with friends and family. Make a double batch because you are going to want some for yourself too!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC Chocolate. All opinions are 100% mine.
Pecan Pie Truffles
- Prepare caramel sauce according to directions (you can make a full batch, just use 1/2 cup for this recipe and refrigerate the leftovers). Let cool about 10 minutes.
- In a food processor or chopper, finely chop pecans. They should be mostly ground with some slightly larger pieces. Reserve about 3 tbsp of chopped pecans for springing and transfer remaining to a large bowl.
- Add almond flour, powdered sweetener, and salt to bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Stir in caramel sauce until dough begins to clump together. Using about 1 tbsp of dough at a time, squeeze together with your hands and then roll into balls.
- Place balls on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Set a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Add chopped chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
- Working with one ball at a time, dip into melted chocolate and toss to coat. Lift with a fork and gently tap against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Quickly sprinkle each ball with a little of the reserved chopped pecans before the chocolate sets.
- Refrigerate until set. Serve at room temperature for best taste and texture (can be stored in the fridge).
Serves 12 (2 truffles each). Each serving has 8.61 g of carbs and 3.62 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 4.99 g.
Food energy: 252kcal Total fat: 22.65g Calories from fat: 203 Cholesterol: 11mg Carbohydrate: 8.61g Total dietary fiber: 3.62g Protein: 4.99g