Walnuts, Dates, Cocoa...end of story.
I owe the discovery of this recipe to my mother's recent infatuation with raw food. She ingeniously took a raw brownie recipe and turned it into truffles. The tiny bite sized portion is just right for this rich (but still healthy) treat!
An easy, fun treat to make for your Valentine's sweetheart, or sweethearts.
1 1/2 cups Medjool dates
2 cups Walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (raw cocoa or regular cocoa)
1 teaspoon vanilla
+ 1/3 C cocoa for rolling truffles
- Remove pits from dates. Put dates in a bowl and cover with warm water for 5 minutes.
- Chop nuts in a food processor until fine. Place in a bowl.
- Remove dates from bowl and reserve water. Place dates in the food processor with cocoa, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Add a spoonful or two of reserved date water if the mixture is too thick to blend. Add walnuts and pulse once or twice to incorporate.
- Using a teaspoon or very small ice cream scoop, portion the mixture into small scoops on a piece of waxed paper. Roll the balls between your hands gently to form a smooth ball. Quickly toss each ball in the cocoa. Place truffles in tiny muffin papers if desired. Store in an air tight container.
These truffles make a wonderful gift, or a nice treat at the end of a special meal.
Truffles will keep well for several weeks.