Date Truffles, by Dianne Wenz

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ABOUT THE RECIPE:

DIANNE SAYS: There’s something indulgent about truffles, but these treats are far from sinful. Just about any type of nuts will work in this recipe. I occasionally make them with pecans or almonds in place of the walnuts. To make them nut-free, use sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Sesame seeds and chocolate complement each other nicely, but you can roll your finished truffles in unsweetened shredded coconut, crushed almonds, or cacao nibs.

Makes 12 truffles / Prep time: 15 minutes

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INGREDIENTS:

½ cup walnuts
1½ cups medjool dates, pitted
⅓ cup unsweetened, natural cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt
⅓ cup sesame seeds

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment paper.

Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until they’re crumbly. Add the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Process until everything is well combined and smooth. The mixture should stick together easily. If it’s too dry, add some water, a tablespoon at a time.

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Scoop out the mixture by the tablespoonful and roll into small balls, about 1½-inch in diameter. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Place the sesame seeds in shallow dishes and roll the truffles in them until well coated.
Refrigerate the truffles in an air-tight container until ready to serve.

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Dianne’s Tip: Medjool dates are softer than deglet noor, so they lend themselves nicely to truffles. They’re usually good to go right out of the package, but if they’re on the tough side, soak them in water for 15 to 30 minutes. If medjools aren’t available, deglet noors can be used, but they should be soaked for an hour or two before making your truffles. Pat them dry before using them to make the truffles.

Ingredients

Directions

1

ABOUT THE RECIPE:

DIANNE SAYS: There’s something indulgent about truffles, but these treats are far from sinful. Just about any type of nuts will work in this recipe. I occasionally make them with pecans or almonds in place of the walnuts. To make them nut-free, use sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Sesame seeds and chocolate complement each other nicely, but you can roll your finished truffles in unsweetened shredded coconut, crushed almonds, or cacao nibs.

Makes 12 truffles / Prep time: 15 minutes

2

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup walnuts
1½ cups medjool dates, pitted
⅓ cup unsweetened, natural cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt
⅓ cup sesame seeds

3

INSTRUCTIONS:
Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment paper.

Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until they’re crumbly. Add the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Process until everything is well combined and smooth. The mixture should stick together easily. If it’s too dry, add some water, a tablespoon at a time.

4

Scoop out the mixture by the tablespoonful and roll into small balls, about 1½-inch in diameter. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Place the sesame seeds in shallow dishes and roll the truffles in them until well coated.
Refrigerate the truffles in an air-tight container until ready to serve.

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Dianne’s Tip: Medjool dates are softer than deglet noor, so they lend themselves nicely to truffles. They’re usually good to go right out of the package, but if they’re on the tough side, soak them in water for 15 to 30 minutes. If medjools aren’t available, deglet noors can be used, but they should be soaked for an hour or two before making your truffles. Pat them dry before using them to make the truffles.

Date Truffles, by Dianne Wenz
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