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Cocoa Pistachio Date Truffles

  • December 20th, 2013

Let’s face it. Most of us love a little sweet treat during the Holidays, but for those of us who are sensitive to flour and sugar, our options are limited. So I love to make these little balls of joy to satisfy that craving for something sweet and festive. Originally, I got the idea for this recipe in a book that my friend and colleague, Ellen Siegel, shared with me called Cosmic Cookery by Kathryn Hannaford. The beauty of these little bundles of yumminess is that the combinations are endless. They also make adorable Holiday gifts for your loved ones! Enjoy the recipe.

Cocoa Pistachio Date Truffles

Serves 25 balls
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Dessert
By author Kim Rush Lynch, inspired by Cosmic Cookery by Kathryn Hannaford

Ingredients

  • 4 cups almond meal*
  • 2 cups chopped Medjool dates**
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • pinchsea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped lightly toasted nuts or seeds (sesame, pistachio, walnuts, hazelnut, pecans)
  • shredded coconut for rolling (or oats)
  • cocoa powder for rolling*** (or carob powder)
  • 2 cups chopped Medjool dates**
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • pinchsea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped lightly toasted nuts or seeds (sesame, pistachio, walnuts, hazelnut, pecans))

Directions

1. Mix all of the ingredients together, squeezing the mixture between your fingers so that all the ingredients stick together. You can also mix in a food processor.
2. Shape into balls between the palms of your hands.
3.
Roll in the shredded coconut and/or nuts.

Note

* You can also use sesame meal or hazelnut meal.

** You can use a combination of dried fruit such as raisins, dates, goji berries and cranberries.

*** You can experiment with a variety of other ingredients and toppings as well:

  • finely grated orange zest
  • instant espreesso powder
  • cinnamon
  • tahini, almond or cashew butter
  • ginger
  • cardamom
  • pomegranate arils
  • maple syrup

What are some of your favorite date truffle combinations? Feel free to post here!

 

 

One Response to “Cocoa Pistachio Date Truffles”

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    December 24, 2013 at 1:05 am, Katrina said:

    Kim, these look divine and so much healthier than most other holiday treats. Thanks for sharing a delicious yummy goodie .. I do hope to make a variation of them on Christmas.
    Happy Holidays!

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