Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart - Desserts with Benefits

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Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart - Desserts with Benefits

So no, we cannot indulge a double, triple, or even quadruple chocolate tart to celebrate this day…  it must be quintuple.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This tart has five sources of chocolate:

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart - Desserts with Benefits

The chocolate oat base is perfect — it melts right in your mouth!

The chocolate coffee ganache enhances the richness of the chocolate.

The chocolate ganache is like the center of a Godiva truffle, just on a larger scale.

The chocolate glaze is smooth and absolutely stunning!

And the mini chocolate chips, just a little extra dazzle for such a special tart.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart - Desserts with Benefits

Here it is in its “purist form”  …  or, “quadruple” form  (in case you don’t like chocolate chips, weirdo)

Don’t be put off by the seemingly long ingredient list and directions, this entire recipe actually consists of only 14 ingredients (whoa!), and I made the entire thing in my dorm.  Yes, my dorm.  You will be fine  ;)

Healthy Quintuple-Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

Yield: one 9 inch tart


    Chocolate Oat Base:
  • 160g (1/2 cup + 2 tbs) Coconut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Light Coconut Milk, canned
  • 14g (2 tsp) Molasses (or honey or agave)
  • 2 tsp Hazelnut Extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 32g (1 scoop) Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 30g (6 tbs) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 48g (1/2 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Chocolate Coffee Ganache:
  • 64g (2 scoops) Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 60g (1/2 cup) Powdered Erythritol
  • 5g (1 tbs) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Instant Coffee
  • 28g (2 tbs) Coconut Oil, soft
  • 3 tbs Water
  • 1 tsp Chocolate Extract (or vanilla extract)
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 8oz Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup + 3 tbs Light Coconut Milk, canned
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 60g (1/2 cup) Powdered Erythritol
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 2 tbs Light Coconut Milk, canned
  • 32g (1 scoop) Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 8g (1 tbs) Powdered Erythritol
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips


    For the Chocolate Oat Crust:
  1. Spray a springform cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut butter and microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Add the coconut milk, molasses and extracts and stir together. Once incorporated, add the cocoa powder and stir again. Add the protein powder and salt and stir once more. Fold in the oats.
  3. Scoop this mixture into the prepared cake pan and spread with the back of a spoon. Then, use a pastry roller to flatten further (or you may wrap your fingers with plastic wrap and bring the mixture to the edges of the pan manually)
  4. For the Chocolate Coffee Ganache:
  5. Add the protein powder, erythritol, cocoa powder and coffee to a medium bowl and stir. Add the coconut oil, water and extract and stir again (mixture should be very sticky).
  6. Scoop this mixture into the pan and spread using only the spoon you used to stir the mixture with to spread the mixture with into the pan. Refrigerate until firm. Once firm, flatten with a pastry roller (you can probably use a rubber spatula)
  7. For the Chocolate Ganache:
  8. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted.
  9. Stir in the coconut milk 1/4 cup at a time, then add the three tablespoons. Add the stevia, stir, then add the powdered erythritol spoonful at a time. Pour this mixture over the previous layer and pat the pan to bring it to the edges (I could see some air bubbles so I pat the pan on the counter until they reached the surface--it doesn't have to be perfect though, the glaze with cover it).
  10. Refrigerate overnight.
  11. For the Chocolate Glaze and Chocolate Chips:
  12. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients and whisk.
  13. Put glaze into a sandwich bag (or piping bag) and snip a tiny corner and drizzle in your desired design. Top with the chocolate chips. You can either serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour to firm up, but only add the glaze the day of serving.


This is an extremely rich tart so I would recommend slicing into 16-20 slices.

This recipe is: no bake, low sugar, high fiber, high protein, gluten free!

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart - Desserts with Benefits

*kicks feet up on table*

Oh, what a year it’s been!  It’s strange how much you come to love something.  In my case, however, I find it strange how much I came to love this blog — something created completely out of the blue (and possibly as a procrastination tactic to avoid studying for finals…  yes, I’m quite the procrastinator!)

Little did I know that this blog would make me so happy, so proud.  It makes me feel so incredibly connected with others, despite not seeing you all face-to-face.  Sometimes if I’m having a bad day, that little email notification I get when someone comments on a post is what turns the day back around, it’s what brings a smile to my face  [insert cheesy grin here]

But seriously though, I absolutely adore blogging.  I love talking to you guys, responding to comments, answering questions, etc, and most of all, I love cooking up delicious recipes!  Okay, okay, I love cooking up delicious desserts.  So I hope you are looking forward to another year of posts and recipes on my blog!

Just be warned…  amazing things are coming!  :)


Labels: Chocolate, Coconut-Butter, Coconut-Milk, Coconut-Oil, Coffee, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Molasses, No-Bake, Oats, Pies-Mousses-Tarts-and-Cheesecakes, Protein-Powder

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Comments (40)

  1. Tina Bk: April 20, 2012

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! I know we just met as friends, but after seeing this I am so glad we are. This looks so rich and delicious! Also pretty amazing that it is low in fat. Yes, I am looking forward to seeing more from you so keep them coming and have a great weekend!

  2. Lizzy: April 20, 2012

    What a gorgeous tart!!! So glad to find your blog…happy anniversary!

  3. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 20, 2012

    Tina- Thanks! I’m glad I joined FoodBuzz, the site looks amazing.
    And a good weekend to you too! Hope you get to make the tart :)

  4. Jane and Lorraine: April 21, 2012

    WOW, I love chocolate and this looks and sounds delicious! Happy 1 year Anniversary!

  5. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 21, 2012

    Thanks Lizzy!

  6. Alyssa: April 21, 2012

    Wow, that looks heavenly! Happy blogiversary! This is my first time visiting my blog (thanks Tina for sending me) and I think it’s wonderful. Will be back!

  7. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 21, 2012

    Thanks! Gooo chocolate lovers!! :D

  8. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 21, 2012

    Thanks, Alyssa! See you soon :)

  9. The Culinary Lens: April 21, 2012

    Quintuple and chocolate in the same title just makes me click over. This looks delicious

  10. Bridget: April 21, 2012

    Much congrats on your year of blogging! My blog is like my baby, and I can’t wait until we share that special one year moment. Haha.
    I understand when you say “It’s strange how much you come to love something. “
    I’ve come to have a way stronger bond with my blog than I ever thought I could. Many awesome things will come for you and your blog! It’s great already. Good job, and good luck with the future.

  11. Ellen: April 21, 2012

    I’m in chocolate heaven!

  12. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 21, 2012

    Thank you so much!
    I just checked out your blog… and wow, you take amazing photos! I hope you have a very special blogiversary, and I’ll be sure to visit :)

  13. Choc Chip Uru: April 21, 2012

    Congrats on your blog turning one – is there any better way to celebrate?
    This is heavenly :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Anonymous: April 22, 2012

    low sugar/with oats doesn’t mean it’s healthy…
    it may be less harmful than white sugar/flour version.

    I come from Poland and I see, that you in America call “healthy” everything, that contains a bit molases, skimmed milk, oats, carrot.
    It makes you believe, that eating few pieces of such a beautiful tart is really great for your health? Sorry, just curious :)

    Happy Birthday from Poland! :)

  15. Jo Hodson: April 22, 2012

    Wow lovely photos!, how did you glaze the top in such a pretty way? You share very similar foodie tendencies to me….healthy cakes, a girl after my own heart! Happy bloggoversary!

  16. Amrita: April 22, 2012

    Holy! Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate…and I’ve already lost count! That tart is making me hurt inside…the kind of hurt you get when you keep staring at something/someone excruciatingly gorgeous.
    And happy birthday to your blog!

  17. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    Thanks! And thanks for adding me on FoodBuzz :) I’m still figuring out how it works lol, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing your recipes in my inbox!

  18. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    Aww thanks so much! :D I stared at this tart for quite a while too ;)

  19. awwmuffin: April 22, 2012

    This is beautiful!! Happy Blog Birthday!

  20. Sandra: April 22, 2012

    Congrats on your first year and this amazing tart. So happy that Tina directed me hear. Looking forward to more.

  21. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    When I look over the recipe, I can see how it may appear to be unhealthy but all the ingredients are natural and whole. I agree that not all products out there claiming they are “low-sugar” or “sugar-free” are healthy, but, excess sugar IS a bad thing. Molasses is healthy because, even though it is a pure sugar, it contains vitamins and minerals. Another plus to this tart is that it uses no dairy so you absorb all the antioxidants from the unsweetened chocolate! I hope you get to make the tart :)

  22. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    Thanks! I put the glaze into a sandwich baggie and snipped a TINY corner off, then drizzled it in a diagonal pattern. I have some leftover so I just ran it around the edges, that’s why the diagonal pattern doesn’t reach all the way out (whoops! haha).
    Thanks again Jo, your comment made me smile :)

  23. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    Haha! Thanks :)

  24. Kathleen: April 22, 2012

    Serious YUM!

  25. Amy: April 22, 2012

    Happy Blogaversary! This tart looks seriously amazing! I am loving all of the chocolate goodness going on here!

  26. The Cooking Actress: April 22, 2012

    Happy Blogaversary! I’m in love with this tart!!

  27. thejoyofcaking: April 23, 2012

    Looks like a piece of heaven!

  28. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    Thanks Sandra (and Tina)! :)

  29. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 22, 2012

    I know right? Chooocolaaaate
    Thanks Amy! :)

  30. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 23, 2012

    Thanks! And thanks for adding me on Foodbuzz, I’m still learning the ropes of the site but I’m sure I’ll be seeing posts from you there :)

  31. Anonymous: April 23, 2012


    Molases is healthier than sugar. But is it healthy itself ? :)
    I really am surprised, that so many cakes are called “healthy” instead of “healthier version” :) For me it doesn’t make any difference, I always study the ingredients carefully to decide. Not “to eat or not to eat”, but “to feel guilty or not” ;) cause I eat it anyway ;)

    That’s all :)
    sorry for my english ;)

  32. Connie: April 24, 2012

    omg im also studying nutritional sciences, but im from vancouver :)
    this tart looks amazing!! happy first birthday to your blog! mine just turned 2 a couple days ago

  33. Dina: April 24, 2012

    great recipe. looks delish!

  34. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 24, 2012

    Yay for nutrition majors! :D
    And thanks, happy birthday to your blog too! Turning two must have been exciting :)

  35. The Vox: April 25, 2012

    Droooool. This looks amazing! Happy 1 year!!!

  36. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: April 25, 2012


  37. Beth Michelle: April 25, 2012

    So happy to have found your blog! Happy one year! This tart looks divine! Beautiful photos.

  38. Kevin Power: May 21, 2012

    It’s official, I have just found your site and I’m in heaven. Greetings from a fellow Canadian . I’m going to make every single thing here, line it all up in a table, and dive in. What a delightfully decadent corner of the Internet!

  39. Sounds like a great idea, I need to do that!!

  40. Seitan: November 12, 2012

    5 different chocolate types in one piece of luxurious cake? You are killing meh!!!!

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