27 December, 2011

Coffee Truffles

Christmas is just over and she is pestering us with yet another truffle recipe. Of which we have seen about 187 versions in the last two weeks. Wasn't her blog to be about healthy foods? Anja has totally lost it, you may think.
Rest assured, all is as it used to be (or so I think). These little dessert balls are just looking too good to be called HEALTHY ENERGY BALLS. Because this is what they actually are. I was just feeling in truffle mood, when preparing them for the photo.

However, the Christmas season usually coincides with the toughest weeks of marathon training when preparing for the Dubai Marathon. Two days before Christmas I ran a 34k run, and another 35+k run is planned for this week.

It may sound a little condescending, but if you do these kind of runs over the Christmas period, it doesn't really matter if you eat truffles or energy balls. You need energy. And this is what they give: both the regular Christmas truffles and these little energy balls.

I'd still favor my balls, as their ingredients are healthier. They keep you full for longer with the fat amount coming from the nuts and coconut oil. Something that is important to me: I don't want to feel hungry whilst on a long run. On last week's 34k run  I had two generous handfuls of a mix of almonds, cashews and raisins before I went off. It was all I needed to get me through a 3 1/2 hour run.

But even if you don't train for a marathon (and I bet 99,9% of you don't), I highly recommend the truffles for dessert, on the sofa, while reading a book, while watching a movie. I promise you do not have to feel guilty. And if you have any food-related New Year resolutions, these coffee truffles can surely stay on the menu.
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COFFEE TRUFFLES


1/2 cup/100g almonds
1/2 cup/80g pistachios
1/2 cup/80g cashew nuts

1/2 cup/100g Medjool dates, pitted

1/3 cup desiccated coconut
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coating
desiccated coconut
ground pistachios
ground almonds
cocoa powder

Yields 45
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Soak the nuts in water for about an hour. Drain.
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend to a thick paste. If the mixture doesn't stick together when trying to roll a ball, add a teaspoon of water and blend again.
Take about a teaspoon of the paste and roll into balls. Coat with either desiccated coconut, ground pistachios or almonds or cocoa powder. Repeat until all of the mixture is used up. Keep in the fridge or freezer. Take out 5-10 minutes before serving.

14 comments:

  1. Hot dang, these sound tasty! I especially love the addition of coffee granules. They sound exactly like those Lara Nectar bars they used to sell with chocolate and coffee. This is probably a silly question but what exactly is desiccated coconut? Is that pretty much the same thing as shredded?

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  2. Desiccated coconut is shredded dried coconut.

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  3. oo sounds great! Just what we need after the holidays!

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  4. These look soooo good! And that picture. OMG, I just want to reach through the screen and grab one or six!

    Kudos to you for training so hard even during the Holidays, Anja. You are simply amazing! Go girl!

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  5. Thanks, Sonia. Hope you are having some great Holidays too. As for the running, I'll be glad when it's over. It' comes at a price, but I feel/am fitter than ever. Not everyone can say that, especially at this time of the year :-)

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  6. Love your recipes, Anja, and these look fantastic. I am a big fan of these raw cocoa goji superfood things I get a Whole Foods, and your "truffles" look comparable. Very excited to try them!

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  7. I love when you write about delicious things that are healthy and cute. They are beautiful. Thank you.

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  8. These sound amazing! I love dried fruit and nut "truffles" but never thought to add espresso or coffee powder. I must make these soon!

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  9. The truffles look wonderful.

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  10. Wow, wonderful and decadent. Looks super delicious. Bookmarking it.!

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  11. yummy! i love truffles! they are so easy and there are so many ways you can make them! love the coffee ingredient

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  12. Yummy, absolutely Yummy! Are these the only kind of dates that can be used or it can be any soft kinds?

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  13. These are tasty, but... I just spent an agonizing amount of time fighting with these- I would say if you don't have a vitamix or something comparable (or a LOT of patience) don't bother trying. Our magic bullet still had a few whole nuts in the mixture long after I had sworn I was done with them... Le sigh!

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