Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free and Vegan
This week I tried to make chocolate truffles for the first time. How hard could it be? Innocent me thought. For anyone out there considering making up some chocolate truffles? READ the line that says chill the chocolate for at least three hours.
Trying to roll warm chocolate and cream into balls is messy and humiliating! Especially once you add the hand filled with hot melted chocolate and the coconut flakes and the cocoa powder…my truffle attempt was what you might call a failure 😦
These here are my second attempt at chocolate balls this week. They are the polar opposite to those dreaded truffles. As promised some of the recipes on this blog will be ‘healthy’, although I’m reluctant to use that word because so many times it conjures up the familiar words “dry”, “green” and “boring.” These are anything but that. They are sweet, dense, chocolatey and good for you. My cousin, who is a whiz with healthy ingredients and super foods, gave me the recipe and until I read it I hadn’t even realised they weren’t filled with cream and melted chocolate like any other truffle out there!
There are a lot of similar recipes out there but I felt I should share it with you guys regardless because it’s so easy and so good. Feel free to get creative. I added cinnamon but you can go down the ginger root, cardamon, maybe some orange zest or juice, just add a pinch of the spice you fancy and get experimenting! I want to try using different fruit and nuts next time, although this combination here is pretty good.
Date and Walnut Chocolate Balls:
3 cups pitted dates
2 cups walnuts
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 splash soy, almond or substitute milk of choice to bring together
Dessicated coconut for coating
Blend all your ingredients together until a thick paste forms. If you also don’t have a powerful blender like me, cut up the dates and crush the nuts beforehand to avoid the risk of an engine meltdown. Roll into balls, roll in coconut and eat them! They taste good either at room temperature or cold from the fridge as well, whichever you prefer.