19 August, 2010

Coconut Pistachio Truffles

By nature, men are hunters and women gatherers, right? Well, we swapped jobs. Although, to my knowledge, my husband doesn't gather much at the moment. Good so because I am hunting. Houses. We want to move to a bigger place since prices have dropped by about 50% here in Dubai since the economic crisis that started two years ago.
House hunting is a full-time job: checking property ads, speaking to estate agents, seeing houses, negotiating prices and conditions. Quite a hectic life compared to my otherwise well-organized days as a gatherer (e.g. foods in the supermarket, dirty clothes from various rooms, kids toys when tidying up the house in the evening). So hectic that I sometimes don't find time to eat. Hunger comes when I relax in the evening on the sofa, in form of sugar cravings. In fact, truffle cravings.
To me, dates, coconut and pistachio kernels are three of the most commonly used and popular ingredients here in the Middle East. I love each single one of them. Combine them raw and there you are: it doesn't need more to get some tasty truffles that fulfill any sugar cravings. They are vegan, they are raw, they are quick and easy to make. After dinner sugar cravings don't have to be a bad thing with these!!


1/2 cup dried dates, or Medjool dates
1/4 cup pistachio kernels
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

desiccated coconut
chopped or ground pistachios

Yields ca. 20-25
If the dried dates are too dry and hard, soften them by pouring boiling water over them and soak for 10-15 minutes. Drain excess water.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until ingredients stick together. Add more coconut oil if the batter doesn't hold together. Form balls of the size of a cherry or walnut. Roll each one in your preferred coating. Keep in mini paper muffin liners. Store in airtight container at room temperature.


  1. I absolutely love dates, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to bookmark this!

  2. Yum! I've never made truffles before so maybe I'll give these a try. Good luck on house hunting and I hope you find what your looking for!

  3. This simply looks delicious! Good luck with your house huting, it can be fun and time consuming both!

  4. These look delicious! I've made treats like this before with dates and they are great!

  5. Wow! I love your recipes. That looks delicious and healthy =)

  6. Oh my God. Go make these, right now. Thank you, Anja! These little balls of goodness just made my morning.

  7. Replies
    1. The only thing that can go off is soaked dates. If you use unsoaked dates, they will pretty much last several weeks.