Vegan-friendly Chocolate Truffles

Hello! Happy Saturday. Hope your weekend is off to a great start.

It has been absolutely gorgeous in Minnesota lately. I mean, just look at these pics I snapped the other day:

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The weather has been in the sixties (pushing 70!) and I am in love. Gotta soak it up before the cooler weather hits. Last night I was at the fiancé’s first football playoff game (that they won – whoop whoop!) and it was in the sixties. This next Friday’s high is only 44. Brrrr! I suppose that is pretty on par with Halloween however….

Speaking of Halloween, the fiancé and I made a trip to Target today to stock up on candy for the hopefully trick-or-treaters. We will be gone that night as his playoff game, but are hoping kiddos will still stop by to get some candy. Besides, we can’t be those new neighbors that poo poo on Halloween. :)

Looking at all the candy made me realize how much I just love chocolate. I mean who doesn’t love chocolate? (Although I know there are some of you out there, and I just don’t understand. Sorry guys.)

I am a HUGE chocolate lover. In fact, I don’t actually like candy without chocolate. And although I love chocolate candy, brownies, and malts, I actually dislike chocolate ice cream and cake. Weird, huh?

So a couple of weeks ago I made these insanely delicious Vegan-friendly Chocolate Truffles. Made without refined sugar, but you would never know the difference (kind of like my Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls). They are just so good!

You want to know the secret to moist delicious vegan chocolate truffles? Dates. Yep, you read that right. Fresh succulent dates. I never knew they could be so good (and good for you!). Rich in antioxidants and full of fiber, they are actually the lowest moisture whole fruit (30%, compared to 75-95% for most fruits). Crazy!

I’ve never eaten dates before (or not that I remember anyway!) and I’m sure they don’t sound appealing when you try and tell someone you are putting them in their dessert. But by golly, they are seriously the most surprisingly delicious food hack I’ve experienced in awhile, and before you poo poo on them, you should try this recipe out. It might make you a date lover for life (it did for me!).

vegan-friendly chocolate truffles

Ingredients:

14 medjool dates, pit removed

1/2 cup walnuts (or any nut will do!)

2 TBSP flax meal (or almond meal)

1 TBSP agave or other favorite sweetener (optional)

1/4 cup cocoa powder + extra for rolling

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt + more to taste

Directions:

1) Remove the pits of the dates by squeezing the date until pits are visible. Pull out pit and discard.

2) Soak pitted dates in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. This will help increase their stickiness which is essential for this recipe. Drain and squeeze out excess water.

3) Place the nuts into the food processor and pulse until ground.

4) Add in the remainder of the ingredients and pulse until well combined. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides as you go.

5) Taste mixture to determine if more salt, vanilla, or sweetener is needed.

6) Roll the dough into small balls (think the size of truffles!). If you find the dough is too sticky to roll, add more flax meal until it reaches a consistency you can work with.

7) Meanwhile, pour cocoa powder onto plate. Upon finishing rolling a ball, roll in cocoa powder until completely covered. You could also roll in melted chocolate, sprinkles, coconut flakes – the possibilities are endless!

8) Lay balls out on baking sheet. Once all balls are finished and on baking sheet, place in freezer until set enough so won’t stick together. Store in airtight container in the freezer (the centers will not freeze).

9) Enjoy!

Vegan-friendly Chocolate Truffles

 Just look at those teeth marks!

Healthy Chocolate Balls
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Deliciously moist and healthy chocolate balls. Made without refined sugar means they are healthy too!
Ingredients
  • 14 medjool dates, pit removed
  • ½ cup walnuts (or any nut will do!)
  • 2 TBSP flax meal (or almond meal)
  • 1 TBSP agave or other favorite sweetener (optional)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder + extra for rolling
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp sea salt + more to taste
Instructions
  1. Remove the pits of the dates by squeezing the date until pits are visible. Pull out pit and discard.
  2. Soak pitted dates in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. This will help increase their stickiness which is essential for this recipe. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Place the nuts into the food processor and pulse until ground.
  4. Add in the remainder of the ingredients and pulse until well combined. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides as you go.
  5. Taste mixture to determine if more salt, vanilla, or sweetener is needed.
  6. Roll the dough into small balls (think the size of truffles!). If you find the dough is too sticky to roll, add more flax meal until it reaches a consistency you can work with.
  7. Meanwhile, pour cocoa powder onto plate. Upon finishing rolling a ball, roll in cocoa powder until completely covered. You could also roll in melted chocolate, sprinkles, coconut flakes - the possibilities are endless!
  8. Lay balls out on baking sheet. Once all balls are finished and on baking sheet, place in freezer until set enough so won't stick together. Store in airtight container in the freezer (the centers will not freeze).
  9. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. lisamummymadeit says:

    Kate, these look delicious! Dates have a magic way of blending into chocolate so well that no one can tell they are there!

    • Nicholsonk says:

      Lisa – I totally agree! I don’t know if you have ever baked black beans with anything chocolate (I made black bean brownies once) but they work the same way! :)

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