I love visiting a friend I haven’t seen in a while and exchanging all of the rich details of our lives that we’ve missed out on recently. This usually includes our latest recipes. On a recent trip to Austin, I visited
Christina, a friend from high school days. We recalled memories of old cars, getting in trouble with the cops (yes, I did have a little rebellious streak in me once upon a time), new jobs, new friends, and, as always, food.
We exchanged lots of fun ideas for eating healthy. She keeps lots of cut up (ready-to-eat) raw veggies in her fridge along with some spinach dip for a easy healthy snack. For the sweet cravings that we all have, she makes these little magical date and chocoate balls. Her recipe inspired this post.
All the batter that survived my husbands scavenging was rolled in rich Ghiradelli chocolate, resulting in beautiful truffle-like delicacies.
The recipe is simple, but you do need a food processor. If you don’t have one, find a friend that does because they are worth it. Also, Christina recommends using Medjool Dates, because they are less dry. You can find Mejool Dates locally at Whole Foods or Sunflower Market.
Christina’s Raw Chocolate Truffles
makes about 24 small truffles
1 cup of nuts (I used almonds)
1 1/2 cups of coursely-chopped madjool dates
2 tbsp or more of chocolate powder or cacao powder (I used Ghiradelli sweet chocolate)
a pinch or two of sea salt
agave (to bind the mixture)
shake of cinnamon (optional)
1/8 tsp fresh ground ginger (optional)
Coarsely chop your dates. In your food processor, process the almonds until they are a coarse-like powder. Add chocolate powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the chopped dates and process until everything is finely chopped. Gradually add agave nectar (probably a few tablespoons) until the mixture is sticky enough to clump together or until it starts to form a ball in the food processor. Form little balls out of your mixture, then roll in a small bowl of chocolate powder (optional). This step just makes the balls have a more polished look to them. These can be kept in the refrigerator or frozen. Place in a well sealed container and pull out for a healthy sweet snack!
You will love these.