This is a deeeelicious little treat when you want something sweet but want to keep it relatively healthy.
1 cup of medjool pitted dates
1 cup of nuts – I used half almonds and half chia seeds. If you use really oily nuts the truffles will drip with oil. Be creative.
Use a high powered blender like a vitamix to powder the nuts.
Blend in the dates
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of maple syrup
Mix in 1/2 plus 2 TBSP of cocoa powder
If too dry, add in a small amount of water to the mixture but not too much.
Once mixed, I divided this recipe into thirds and then spiced it up a bit by adding the following:
Batch one: 1/4 tsp of Saigon cinnamon and a dash of cayenne – the type of cinnamon is important to the taste.
Batch two: A couple of grinds from the salt grinder of himalayan pink salt
Batch three: I kept as original.
Wet hands and form into small balls and keep in fridge or freezer.
You may add other flavours as well, such as organic orange zest, grated ginger or add other natural extracts such as almond or coconut. You may also roll them in crushed nuts of some type, maybe a soft nut like pecans, shredded coconut or roll in cocoa powder.