Fruit and Nut TrufflesNov 11 2010 by
When I hear truffles I think soft, melting chocolate confections. What I have here are not that classic kind of truffle but they are a soft, melt in your mouth sweetness that can be rolled in cocoa powder or even drizzled with melted chocolate and will make you think you are eating a piece of forbidden fruit. The best part is that they are not forbidden as they contain only fruit, nuts and spice. I have three varieties made with classic Thanksgiving ingredients with not so classic results. There is a cherry cocoa-nut, a pumpkin spice and a cranberry orange. So try one or all three for Thanksgiving or any time.
Ingredients for the Cherry Cocoa-Nut Truffle:
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 18 dates)
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup dried unsweetened or apple juice sweetened tart cherries
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Place the almonds in a food processor and process for about 30-45 seconds just until the almonds are chopped.
- Add the pitted dates and process for another 30-45 seconds or until the dates are partially chopped with the nuts.
- Add the cherries and almonds extract and process for about 2-4 minutes. The mixture will be done when large clumps form.
- Form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in unsweetened cocoa powder. Your truffles are now done and can be enjoyed guilt free.
Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Truffles:
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried apple juice sweetened cranberries
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- Follow the same instructions as the cherry cocoa-nut truffles starting with the walnuts, then add the dates and then cranberries, orange zest and orange juice.
- Form into 1 inch balls and roll in crushed or finely chopped walnuts.
Ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Truffles:
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup unsweetened raisins
- 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp raw coconut crystals and 1 tsp cinnamon (mix together for rolling the truffles in)
- Again, follow the instructions for the cherry cocoa-nut truffles starting with the almonds and cashews, then add the dates, and last the raisins, pumpkin, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
- Form into 1 inch balls and roll into the coconut crystal-cinnamon mixture.
Makes 24 truffles.
Serving size 3 truffles.
Nutritional info for Cherry Cocoa-Nut Truffles only.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 219, Cal. from Fat: 74, Total Fat: 8.5g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 33g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 25g, Protein: 4.5g, Sodium: 3mg, Chol: 0mg
The dough can also be pressed into an 8×8 baking dish lined in parchment paper, let sit for a couple of hours and then turn the pan over onto a cutting board or waxed paper and cut into 8 pieces to individually wrap for lunch boxes or for easy portability.
These truffles are a good alternative to cookies, are a great pre and post workout power boost or dressed up with drizzled chocolate as a unique dessert. Any leftover truffles should be stored in the refrigerator.
For a pretty dessert presentation, place the truffles on a plate, melt a couple tablespoons of chocolate chips and drizzle over the truffles.