03 October, 2017

Chocolate Date Truffles

Healthy, guilt-free, delicious. Also vegan, gluten-free.
Mini figures courtesy Y2. :D  No, the truffles didn't need those tools, actually. ;)
The other day, I made several of these for a birthday treat. They're pretty addictive!

Luckily, no need to fret while reaching out for that extra one.
So, of course, I had several extra ones. Just like everybody else.

This is fairly quick and simple to make.
For something even quicker and simpler, try these Chocolate Almond Dates.

But when it just has to be a round truffle with a  gooey, chocolatey filling, this is a pretty good option.

There are endless permutations and combinations that can go into this sort of thing, - but we can just start from here and go wild with creating more versions! :D

(Pssst, no one has to know that this treat, sweetened naturally, just with dates, is actually healthy.)  ;)

Ingredients:
For the filling:
12 Dates
200 grams Nuts (Single or mixed). I used an equal mix of almonds, walnuts and cashewnuts - ground into a coarse powder:
5 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon flavouring of choice, (Optional): either Orange zest or Cinnamon or Vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Rock salt (Optional - but highly recommended.)
For the coating:
200 grams dark chocolate

Method:
Whizz the ingredients of the filling together in the mixie or food processor, until it just comes together into a (somewhat sticky!) mass.
Roll into tablespoon-sized balls, apply oil to palms, if required.
Refrigerate till firm.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, dip the balls into the chocolate and place on a parchment lined tray. Add a spoonful of oil into the chocolate if needed, to make it smoother while coating.
Leave aside till set.
Can be stored at room temperature for a few days.

Irresistible.

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