Pecan + Cocoa Truffles (sweetened with dates)

This is the first product of my shiny new food processor! I have been waiting not-so- patiently for one for a really long time. Husband finally said, “Why don’t you just get one?” So I did. And it’s fabulous. It chopped these pecans and dates up so quickly and effortlessly I couldn’t even believe it.

This recipe feels like a very special treat. Dates are kind of magical, I think. They trick your head and your tastes buds into thinking you’re eating sugar, but it is a natural sweetener. I think my kids thought the same thing, they gobbled them up. You could totally play with this recipe and use different kinds of nuts in place of pecans, you could roll the finished product in toasted unsweetened coconut or raw coconut (I went with raw), or a dusting of cacao, or crushed nuts, or granola   Possibilities are endless. Whatever you do, promise you’ll come back and let me know how they were and what you tried!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup dried pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened powdered 100% cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons water, as needed
  • Optional: Unsweetened coconut (either plain or toasted) for coating the outside of the balls
METHOD:
1. Heat butter in a skillet over medium low heat and add pecans and honey to the skillet. Cook until lightly browned, being super careful not to burn the pecans, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Add pecans, dates, cacao, and vanilla to a food processor and pulse until the dates and pecans stick together, add water to help them blend and stick together.  A little trick we have found helps when blending dates:  soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes, then add them to your food processor.  You can use your soaking water to add to the truffle mixture as well.
3. Now you are ready to form into balls with your hands. I poured some unsweetened coconut flakes into a bowl and rolled some of mine around in the coconut and left some of them plain. You could also roll in cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or granola.
4. Enjoy this delicious sweet treat! Store in the refrigerator. We didn’t have any to store – they went so fast! Made about 18 balls.

 

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
**Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food.
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