Dark Chocolate, Cherry, Almond and Coconut Truffles
Healthy snacks are a must, but with the cost of all food rising and our hectic schedules, it can be a struggle. I love this recipe because it is quick, full of healthy ingredients and can be adjusted to your personal taste or even what you have in your pantry. It is gluten free and you are able to control the quality of the ingredients.
Choose equal parts nuts and dried fruit as your base, throw in some extra flavor,
a touch of water and process. . . it is as easy as that.
1 cup almonds, plus extra for coating
½ cup dried figs
½ cup dried cherries
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tbsp cocoa, plus extra for coating
2 + Tbsp H2O
Process everything except the water in a food processor/blender or vitamix*.
*if you are using a blender or vitamix with a dry blade, you may have to process ingredients separately and place in a bowl to combine.
Leave some nuts, chocolate or fruit less processed if you would like more texture.
As you process, add tiny bits of water until the mixture comes together.
This can be done in a separate bowl as well.
For bars: use less water, the mixture should come together, but not be too sticky.
For truffles: add enough water for the mixture to combine and to be sticky to the touch.
Line a baking dish or sheet tray with foil or wax paper. Press the mixture evenly into the pan and refrigerate for 45 min to an hour. Once the mixture is chilled, you can slice into small bars, or if you are forming truffles, cut into ½ in squares and roll into balls. Once the truffles are formed, roll in either cocoa or processed nuts/coconut. Truffles can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
These truffles were inspired by my mistakenly adding too much water to a recipe from Chef Simone Miller’s Zen Belly Blog. It is gluten free and can be adapted to include any flavors; try apricots, dates, raisins, add cinnamon, chili pepper, protein powder, oats, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds. No bake is great, but toasting nuts and seeds can add even more flavore. Explore!