03 July, 2011

Coconut-Kissed Almond Date Truffles

These truffles are a by-product of my Raw Lemon Cashew Cheesecake. I was playing around with the proportions of the crust ingredients, that left me with a whole batch of nice "truffle dough" the first time, as it got slightly too wet to be used as a crust. The second time round I had some leftover crust dough, which I turned into truffles.
I didn't even bother to flavor them, because they are delicious as they are. The coconut comes through beautifully and I love it in combination with the dark deep sweetness of dates.
These little balls are good and delicate enough to be a dessert. A guilt-free one, that is. But I also like them as a snack before or after my workouts. Dig in, they are good for you.

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COCONUT-KISSED ALMOND DATE TRUFFLES


1 cup raw whole almonds
3/4 cup dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/4 cup desiccated coconut flakes
1 tablespoon water (or as needed)

Coating
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Yields about 30
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Combine whole almonds, dried dates and coconut flakes in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped and crumbly. It should stick together when pressed between two fingers. Add a tablespoon of water if it doesn't stick and blend again. Repeat if necessary. Make sure the dough doesn't get too wet.
Roll teaspoons full of the dough to balls. Coat each one in with either coconut or cocoa. Place in mini cupcake holder. Repeat until all dough is used up. 
Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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8 comments:

  1. Those look beautiful! I love truffles like these :)

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  2. Love these truffles .. got to try them soon :)

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  3. Anja is desiccated coconut the same as unsweetened coconut flakes? Not sure on this one.....

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  4. Yes, it's dried unsweetened coconut flakes.

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  5. This looks wonderful.

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  6. These look delicious. The only other date truffle I have tried hasn't included chocolate like these.
    http://trialbyfirewin.blogspot.com/2012/03/date-and-walnut-truffles.html
    I will have to try them and compare!

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  7. I made these and they were delicious! So simple and so good! I blogged about them today. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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