Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Maybe you found all the gifts your kids wanted early, threw some chocolate truffles and itunes gift cards in the cart for everyone else and called it a day. Or maybe you’re still running around trying to find the perfect gift for those special someones but coming up short every time.
I think we can all agree that everbody has that person in their lives that is next to impossible to shop for either because they already seem to have everything made by man or because they are so picky that you don’t want to waste your hard-earned money on something that’s going to get donated to the curb on garbage day. Admittedly, real foodies probably classify as some of these hard-to-gifters. Lets stand back in retrospection for a moment; your family knows that you cringe at anything that comes in a plastic wrapper and that you wouldn’t touch a store-bought box of chocolate with a ten foot pole. That eliminates, oh I don’t know, 90% of store-bought gifts? Nobody wants to complicate themselves at such a busy time of year, but everybody wants to feel the joy of giving a timeless gift and of receiving something also.
I don’t usually buy presents for the special people in my life–I make them. Last year I made little cakes for several of my teachers and realized that a homemade gift has more personal and sentimental value than something you’d buy from the store, regardless of the monetary cost. This year I decided that I would make truffles; but not just any truffles, healthy truffles. After all, I think its a bit hypocrtical if you give someone something you don’t eat/use yourself. Although that being said, people also have different likes and dislikes so sometimes it is excusable. I also considered that many of the recipients of my gifts would be my friends and coaches from Crossfit, a paleo-enthusiastic, mostly clean-eating crowd. In the end I think we all know how disappointing it is to receive something you won’t ever use or eat so I made these truffles real-foodie approved. And lets face it: if a real foodie will eat it, anybody will eat it.
Honestly these truffles look and taste so decadent that they truly make for a sinless treat considering that they are free of any added sugars, grains, fats, or other unhealthy ingredients. I used soaked and dehydrated raw nuts to ensure that any enzyme-inhibitors in the nuts were deactivated and that the truffles were as nutritious and as easily digestible as possible. If considering people’s digestive system and taking the time to soak and dehydrate the nuts you will give them doesn’t say how much you care about them, nothing will!
I used Katie’s recipe for hot fudge larabars but doubled it and added a bit of cinnamon for that little special something. I made about 40 truffles out of the dough and rolled some in goji berries, some in Laughing Giraffe Cranberry Orange Cacao Granola , some in crushed pistachioes (are you noticing the red and green theme yet?), and others in cacao powder for that traditional truffle look. To recreate my favorite truffle–Ferrero Rocher–I used the chocolate dough to enclose a hazelnut and then rolled the entire truffle in more crushed hazelnuts. I dare say it’s better than the original. I also used Katie’s recipe for raw gingerbread men but made little balls instead of people and topped them off with a small pecan.
I am so happy with the outcome of my truffles; they were a cinch to make and I feel good giving people such a delicious and nutritious treat. Compared to regular truffles, these are really quite easy to make–all you really need is a food processor. No tempering chocolate, no fridge, no stove.
Nutritious and Delicious Truffles (Paleo, Vegan, Raw)
Makes about 40 truffles
Ingredients for Chocolate Truffles
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
- 6 tbsp raw cacao powder, such as Navitas
- 2-2/3 cup dates
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 2 tsp pure vanilla extract)
- Garnishes of your choice
- Combine almonds, walnuts, raw cacao powder, sea salt, and cinnamon in a food processor. Process 15 seconds until crumbly.
- Add vanilla and dates then process until mixture is combined. If squeezed together, it should form into a soft ball. Add 2 tablespoons of water – only if needed so that the mix forms a soft ball. The mix should be firm and sticky, but not mushy.
- Remove dough from the food processor into a bowl.
- Form into small balls and roll in your choice of garnish. This could be anything from crushed candies, nuts, coconut, granola, etc.
- Store in the fridge covered for up to 3 weeks.
Makes about 14 truffles
- 76 g almonds (about 6 tbsp)
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- pinch of coarse sea salt
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped (or 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract)
- 240 g (1.5 cups) dates
- Pecan halves (optonal)
- Combine almonds, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and sea salt in a food processor. Process fo 15 seconds or until very crumbly.
- Add vanilla and dates and process until mixture is crumbly. Add 2 tbsp of water only if the mixture is too crumbly and does not hold its shape when pinched between two fingers.
- Shape into small balls and top with a small pecan.
I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy these healthy truffles and that they may be a reminder that real food is GOOD food!
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