Sweet and nutty chocolate truffles are fun to make, pretty to look at, and even better to share with your friends and neighbors!
Nutty date truffles are a sweet ‘’pick-me-up’’ treat that is naturally sweetened with dates without adding sugar. You just won’t believe how good they taste and how easy to prepare they can be. The task of mixing is also perfect for inquisitive little ones to help with (even if it’s just licking the bowl afterward.)
Many of us parents work hard to keep refined sugar intake low. Sometimes though it’s hard to do so when so many things tempt us and our kids on supermarket shelves. This recipe contains only the natural sugar in dates, it is a great alternative to many sugary commercial products and you can rest knowing exactly what you are serving for your family.
The great thing about these date truffles is that there is plenty of room to play with the coating and you can even replace the macadamia nut with other nut types like: pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or even pistachio. Great coating options could also be: Roasted sesame, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, licorice powder, desiccated coconut, crushed nuts, dry ground berries, especially dry raspberries which adds a contrast to the sweetness of the dates with a pinch of sourness.
I love to make amazing looking food that tastes terrific. And I don’t like compromising on quality and this is what these healthy truffles are all about.
To add more enjoyment to this recipe I have to mention that It is freezable! Make a double portion of the date paste and save the preparation time. Just defrost the paste the night before and you will have a ready paste to form the date truffles from.
Perfect for all occasions or especially useful for bribery purposes. The lawns will be mowed and the beds made at just a mere mention of these little balls of happiness.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
- 2/3 cups macadamia nuts
- 23 soft dates
- 4 tbsp. cocoa powder unsweetened
- 2/3 cups dried coconut plus 1 cup for decorating.
- 2 tsp licorice powder optional
- Pit the soft dates.
- Blend the macadamia nuts first. Then add the dates, coconut, cacao and the licorice powder.
- Blend everything until the ingredients sticks together almost like a dough. Do not blend the pastry too much give it a couple of pulses and then check the pastry if its firm enough to form the balls off.
- Form the balls with your hands.
- Roll the balls in the desired coatings and place them on a plate.
- Keep the truffles in room temperature and if it is for a later serving keep them cool in the fridge.
Even If you don’t like dates normally this recipe will change your mind I promise. It did with me. Please come and join me on my Instagram page babyfooduniverse! Don’t let the name fool you there is something there for all ages, Kawn x