Amazing Chocolate Truffle Vanilla Vodka Bites

April 19, 2011

This title just makes me smile… And giggle just a bit.

It’s now Tuesday but I’m still relishing in my wonderful weekend, now past. I taught a boot camp class, came up with a few workouts for my wonderful readers, got my garden planted, and did a little birthday celebrating on Saturday.

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Before we get to all the food and celebrating, I’ve got a killer workout to share. It’s short(ish) and requires nothing more than your body. By request, no gym or extra equipment needed.

 

The Dirty 30

  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 30 burpees
  • 30 weighted sit ups (holding a 25# plate or anything heavy- challenge yourself!)
  • 30 body weight squats (focus on keeping weight in the heels and going low)
  • 30 side planks (each side)

If you’re feelin’ adventurous, repeat this 3 times. Wonderful. 🙂 And let me know what you think of the workout! Trust me, if it’s burning, you’re doing it right.

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Anne‘s husband, Brian, was the weekend birthday boy. It was our job to make sure he was well fed and having a great time.

Anne supplied the crazy-delicious whiskey lemonade mixture and skewered and barbequed meats (even though she’s a vegetarian- what a nice host she is). The rest of the party attendees brought garlic hummus (ooooh so yum), dips, chips, fruit, German potato salad (which my boyfriend made, and I forgot to take a picture of but so good),  and my celebration balls. 😉

Anne also, being the amazing cook/baker she is, made homemade pound cake with orange marmalade glaze. Omg it was amazing. Loaded with sugar, but still amazing.

And the Celebration Balls I brought were a hit! These moist little cookie balls were super fudgy, slightly sweet, and spiked with vodka. Now tell me you wouldn’t celebrate with these balls (hehe).

 

Amazing Chocolate Truffle Vanilla Vodka Bites

[fudgy and alcohol spiked. gluten and dairy free. vegan and damn good.]

Recipe inspired and heavily adapted by Healthful Pursuit’s Irresistible Chocolate Truffle Cookies

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin, non refined coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seed + 5 tbsp water)
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp vanilla vodka (or other alcohol of choice- rum would be good)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour (or finely ground unsweetened coconut flakes)
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill GF Brownie Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and the coconut oil, stirring the entire time it’s heating. When melted, remove from the heated water and set aside.
  2. Combine flax eggs, dates, and vodka in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine almond and coconut flours, brownie mix, baking soda, salt, and melted chocolate. Stir until thoroughly combined. Batter will probably be thick.
  4. Cover and place dough in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F
  6. Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, keeping 1/2 inch between each cookie.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely Eat when you’re ready and the cookie balls are cooked. The batter is delicious too!

Makes 40+ Celebration Ball.

One word of caution: These are DELICIOUS.

These babies got raved reviews at the party, so make them. You’ll thank me.

And then you’ll get your exercise on… right?

 

Questions of the Day:

Have you had anything to celebrate lately?

What’s your workout style? Have you ever taken a boot camp class or done boot camp style workouts?

Are you sick of all the sweet recipes yet? I’ve got some good non-dessert ones coming up. 😉

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Pure2raw Twins April 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM

YUM YUM those celebration balls look heavenly! Pass some my way please 😉 I love the dirty 30!!! Sounds like a workout we would love!!!

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Heather @ kissmybroccoli April 20, 2011 at 5:09 AM

Oh my gosh! I want to celebrate with some balls! TWSS? Looks like I’ll be making a trip to Kroger to get some of Bob’s brownie mix! Can’t wait!

I’m trying this workout…hold me to it…though I’ll probably be cursing your name after all those burpees! Hate burpees! I’ve never taken a boot camp class before, but when I used to do crossfit, I would swear my booty was handed to me on a somewhat daily basis!

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan April 20, 2011 at 5:04 AM

Oh my GAWD. First I was entranced by that huge plate of hummus and veggies, but then the balls?! Oh lord.

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yo yo mama April 19, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Ah…My workwork is also 30…30 minutes and I’m beat. But I’m doing it! The pictures of the food are SPECTACULAR! Now…am I ever going to get to try some of these great recipes? I know I’m whining.

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie April 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

uh i need to get in on that 30×30!!
ill take some celebration balls in the meantime 🙂

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Ela April 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Great title. I love dessert recipes, even just for browsing. Love your upbeat style with them too. Celebrating all the sunshine here, probably going across the bay tomorrow for the big low tides!

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Christin@purplebirdblog April 19, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Balls. In. My. Mouth. Kthx.

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Anne April 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I need more balls.

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Melissa April 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Love the dirty 30 workout…hate burpees lol! I’m learning to land softer on the kick back which is making them more enjoable but I’m in shock everytime how they make me so incredible breathless!

Your birthday celebration feast looks amazing..love get-togethers with amazing, healthy food!

As for the celebration balls…heck yes!! vodka spiked? how cool is that!

We celebrated some good friend’s of ours litte guy’s first birthday. AKA adult get together and let the kids play and burn off their energy time!

I took bootcamp one summer and loved it! It was outside, on the beach, and sometimes I was the only one (very new in my town at the time). I like doing bootcamp style workouts at home sometimes- jump rope and lots of bodyweight fun! I’m now riding my bike to work everyday (30km total) so my legs are going to be dead for the first few weeks so I’m planning on minimizing legs and focusing on abs and upper body. By August I want to see my abs so I better get moving!

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Kristina @ spabettie April 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I LOVE bootcamp style workouts! I just started at a new gym a couple months ago, but I want to do a bootcamp again soon, when the weather warms up (I like outdoor bootcamps!). the last one I did, a couple years ago, was AWESOME. right after I signed up for my second “round” my appendix BURST in two… so I had to cancel and I never went back after I was healed. I will this summer! 😀

no actual celebration right now – we have a few weddings coming up, so those will be fun 🙂 we started planning a little road trip / getaway for next month (wee!) and I’m definitely excited about that!

wow, I am rambly today 🙂 the celebration balls? YUUUUUM!!

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Alyssa @ Life of bLyss April 19, 2011 at 9:09 AM

UH, yeah. I want to celebrate. with those balls.

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 19, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Vanilla vodka… yaaaa now we’re talking! I love what you did to my cookies. Balls are better, and yes, I giggled over the title too.
Question about the 30s: 30 side planks – is that holding it for 30 seconds? Or 30 in a row both sides? I’m assuming that the others are count.
I’m TOTALLY doing this tomorrow and letting you know.

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chrysta April 19, 2011 at 8:25 AM

oooooo! Balls look amazing! I think a little cherry vodka might be good too! A little fruity kick? I dunno…oh and never sick of dessert recipes. Please! Always makes my day to see something yummy. I haven’t tried a bootcamp like workout…I ssso want to but I could never work it out hours wise..I might just take the dirty 30 and do it on my own in the mornings. What a great ass kickin workout!

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Lindsay Cotter April 19, 2011 at 6:50 AM

ditto, I just like the name dirty 30 haha!

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Lori April 19, 2011 at 6:57 AM

hehe- me too.

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Katie April 19, 2011 at 6:50 AM

I want to do the Dirty 30! I need something fast to do tomorrow the morning of the big day. Thanks!

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Kelly April 19, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Ooh….I definitely want to try this Dirty 30 workout!

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Sable@SquatLikeALady April 19, 2011 at 4:37 AM

The celebration balls look amazing!!

I will never be sick of sweet recipes 😉 I am sooo a sweets girl.

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Lori April 19, 2011 at 6:58 AM

A woman after my own heart… my sweet craving heart. 😉

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Kat April 19, 2011 at 4:26 AM

Heck yes for the workout!! Will be trying it asap. Thanks mucho 🙂
I actually hate the taste of alcohol, so Im not sure how I feel about your balls (hehe) but I do love chocolate, so I am sure I could manage to down a few!!

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Lori April 19, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Don’t like alcohol- just sub in 1 tsp or so of vanilla extract and you’re golden. 😉
Although they don’t really taste like vodka at all.

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Ernie April 19, 2011 at 3:29 AM

I am gonna go ahead and forget I ever read “Dirty 30” and go straight to enjoying the “Celebration Balls”!!! Trying to be good and share but DAMN!!! These are incredible!!! “Be Good .. Dont eat em all! Be Good .. Dont eat em all” TH his Jedi mind trick aint working today!!! Think I am gonna eat em all! Thanks a million Lori!! You are the DEVIL!!!
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Lori April 19, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Mwahahahahahaha!

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen April 19, 2011 at 3:20 AM

Oh those look SO yummy…and you’re right, rum would be VERY good in them. Or maybe a little Kahlua?

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salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 19, 2011 at 2:55 AM

I’ll take some celebration balls!!!! Ps. Trying the 30×30 today! ACK!

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Lori April 19, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Yay! Let me know how it goes!

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