Are you into chocolate like I am? Like, truly into chocolate and sweet treats? Because in that case you’re very likely to like what’s coming your way. These chocolate truffles are the perfect combination of crunchy nuts, sweet dates, bitter chocolate and a hint of cinnamon. When it comes to sweet goodies, I’m always up for nutty aromas paired with dark chocolate. Always.
I create a lot of food that I hand to people to show them healthier alternatives to refined, processed foods, in this case sweets. The best way to convince someone of the goodness of my type of food is this: let them taste it. I promise you that whoever eats one of these truffles won’t be able to deny the irresistible deliciousness that it’s packed with! Should we give that experiment a go?
everyone loves dating
Dates are my absolute favourite item in the pantry! I enjoy their creamy texture, their caramelly aroma, their sweet taste and what I love the most is that fortunately, they happen to be good for me! They grow on date palm trees in Northern Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and provide us with a broad variety of essential nutrients. Not only are they a good source of dietary potassium, but 20% of a ripe date is made up of fiber, protein and trace elements such as copper, magnesium, selenium and zinc. The remaining 80% of dates are made up of sugar which is why they are relatively high in carbohydrates. We also find a selection of antioxidants in dates, including flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid, which all contribute to preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. While both fresh and dried dates are delicious, they have a different nutritional profile: fresh dates are lower in sugar and higher in vitamin C, but dried dates are higher in fiber, calcium and iron. Most of the dates that we buy in Western countries have already been dried, which is a great way of conserving them. However, if you’ve never tasted a fresh date and are curious to try them, go ahead and buy them in your local Middle Eastern supermarket. Now chop chop, let’s turn our delicious dates into an irresistible snack!
For this recipe you will need:
200g dates, pitted, soaked in warm water for 10 min
1 cup hazelnuts, roasted and skinned (take a few aside)
1 cup almonds, roasted (take a few aside)
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp cocoa
150g 85% dark chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
- Drain the soaked dates and place in a food processor. Blend until creamy, then add the nuts, salt, cinnamon and cacao. Roll the mixture into energy balls (ca. 1 tbsp equals one ball) and set aside.
- In a pot, boil water and place a heat-proof bowl over it. Melt the chocolate along with coconut oil and remove from the heat.
- Dip each ball into the melted chocolate with a fork, then place on a plate or tray lined with baking paper. Roughly chop the remaining roasted nuts and sprinkle over each truffle while the chocolate is still wet!
- Enjoy these little fellas along with coffee or tea and spread the word – no refined sugar needed, these chocolate truffles are all our sweet hearts truly need! ♥