Healthy Chocolate Truffles
 
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Candy
Ingredients
  • 14 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup pecans (but you can use any kind you like)
  • ¾ cup almond meal (or any other finely ground nuts)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (optional - I just wanted to add more chocolate flavor)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)
  • cocoa, sprinkles, and flaked coconut for topping (or anything else you want)
Directions
  1. Soak your dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften.
  2. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Place your pecans, almond meal, and cocoa in a food processor until finely ground.
  4. Add the dates, vanilla, chocolate extract and sea salt, and pulse until a thick, sticky dough ball forms.
  5. Remove the dough ball from the food processor - taste and add any other flavors you want.
  6. Roll the dough into small balls - you should be able to get 18-24.
  7. Roll the balls in toppings of your choice like cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, or flaked coconut,
  8. Place on a baking sheet and store in the freezer until they are hard enough not to stick together. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
For whatever reason (maybe I was moving fast enough), I had some trouble getting my sprinkles and coconut flakes to stick to the outside of my truffles. I got around this by rolling my balls in a little bit of extra chocolate extract to get them wet, and then rolling them in sprinkles/coconut flakes.

Also, if you're like me and the first thing you think when you see "medjool dates" in a recipe is "what the hell is a medjool date, and where do I buy it?", you might find this article from The Kitchn very helpful. And FYI, I got my medjool dates at Whole Foods, in the section where there are all those bins (like at a candy shop) full of oats and nuts and other stuff you can use a little shovel to fill plastic baggies with. Safeway also carries them.
Recipe by Just Putzing Around the Kitchen at https://www.justputzing.com/2014/10/healthy-chocolate-truffles.html