I love sweet little things disguising a healthy treat! These truffles are great when you want something bad but are being good. I've given these as gifts to healthy friends and they have been well received. The almond butter with the dates makes it not too "fruity" tasting and more sweet; the oats make it more satisfying!
A combo of cocoa, oats, dates, almond butter and spices makes for naturally sweet treats, a healthier alternative during the holiday sweets season.
Method: Place oats in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground. Add dates, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon and process until finely ground and sticking together. Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll truffle mixture into balls about 2 teaspoons each, pressing firmly for mixture to stick together. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and chill until ready to serve.
Our favorite chocolate maker operates out of a pizza place in Walker's Point, Milwaukee!... Atomic Chocolate is the amazing creation of Sean Henninger of Times Square Pizza. We were lucky enough to get a lesson from him in truffles at The National.
This is a great treat for healthy people. The taste is very rich and sweet but isn't terribly fattening. I prefer to make it with coconut that is chopped finer than the variety in the photo (the bigger chunks are very difficult to roll!).
This dessert is for those at the table who want just a little something sweet. Store truffles in an airtight container for up to five days.
2 1/2 cups whole pitted dates
2 cups slivered blanched almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut, toasted
1. Place first 5 ingredients in a food processor. Process 45 seconds, scraping down sides as needed, or until mixture forms a thick paste.
2. Place coconut in a shallow bowl. Shape the almond mixture into 36 (1-inch) balls. Roll balls in toasted coconut.
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