In Training Craving Truffles

March 31, 2014 Posted By: Charmaine Broughton

As you start upping your mileage for spring and early summer half and full marathons do you find yourself always hungry?  Personally speaking, as I start clocking more K’s in my Mizuno’s, the HUNGRIER I get!  My mid-day cravings are often for something sweet, and not the: apple-a-day type of sweet, something more decadent. 

I am often told how “lucky” I am because I am a chef; I can whip up healthy meals in no time.  Sure, I’ll admit, I have a bit of an advantage when it comes to “running” my kitchen, but as quick as I can whip up a “healthy meal”, I can (or should I say “could”) also whip up a chocolate soufflé, white chocolate bourbon blondie’s or a tiramisu.  And although on occasion I am the first to dive fork first into one of these divine desserts, I know proper nutrition is a key ingredient to endurance training and recovery.  Refuelling our bodies with foods such as; plant based proteins, healthy fats and quality sources of carbohydrates is just as important as all those K’s clocked on foot. 

During a recent “craving” (*about 2 hours after a 24K training run) I needed a quick fix, so I headed to my pantry and gathered some staple ingredients.   I knew my recovering body (and mind) would appreciate what I was about to concoct.  In Training Craving Truffles is what I named my decadent sweet “treats”.  This “recipe” lends itself well to many substitutions: use what dried fruit and seeds you have on hand.  I happened to have leftover cooked quinoa and added it for carbs and added protein, but oats (dry) would make a perfect substitution.  Honey or molasses would make a sweet substitution in place of maple syrup.  You could even get “cheffy” and add a pinch of ground cayenne for some heat.  This recipe is great to have little hands help with as there is no “cooking”.  Have your kids choose their favourite dried fruit & seeds, but don’t stop there, have them get messy in the kitchen and help roll the “truffles”.  With Easter just around the corner these little morsels make a healthy chocolate “gift from the kitchen” for running buddies, teachers or grandparents.  From our Happy Healthy Kitchen to Yours, ENJOY!!   



¾ cup (175 mL) chopped dried Black Mission figs (about 9 figs)

½ cup (125 mL) cooked (and cooled) quinoa

1/3 cup (75 mL) all natural peanut butter or almond butter

1/3 cup (75 mL) each; green pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut

¼ cup (60 mL) pure Canadian Maple syrup

1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract

½ tsp (2 mL) pure coconut extract

½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon and ground ginger

¼ tsp (1 mL) sea salt

Garnish: approx 3 tbsp (45 mL) cocoa powder


Place figs in a bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.  Pulse until finely chopped.  Add remaining ingredients and pulse until all ingredients are very well combined.  Scrape down side of bowl when needed.  Place cocoa powder in a shallow bowl.  Roll “batter” into 30 even size “truffles” and place in bowl with cocoa.  Gently toss each truffle with cocoa to evenly coat.  Place truffles in a resealable container in refrigerator or freezer.  Makes about 30 truffles.  

Charmaine Broughton-Dunn is a trained chef, cooking instructor, and food writer for a number of national publications.  She is an avid runner (completing dozens of marathons and triathlons) and is a very proud ambassador of Mizuno Running. Charmaine has appeared on City Line, Toronto’s Breakfast Television and is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime sharing her love of food and cooking.   
Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.  Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.  Follow Charmaine on twitter @runnercharb


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Christo Landry and Craig Curley Place 5th and 7th At USA 15K National Championships

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