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Medjool Date Truffles

Medjool Date Truffles

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 30 dates)

  • 2 shots Espresso, brewed with 340 grams of water or one 12-ounce cup of strongly brewed coffee

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped finely

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 3/4 tsp. finely grated orange or lemon zest

  • 1/2 cup or more unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

Preparation

  1. Soften the dates by soaking them for 3 to 5 minutes in 340 grams of warm (but not hot) espresso or coffee. Drain the dates and discard the liquid. Mash the dates on a cutting board with a fork to form a paste.

  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir in the pecans, coconut, cinnamon and zest. Mix well and shape into 2.5 cm balls.

  3. Place the cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder to coat.

Tips

  • If you do not like the taste of coffee, use plain water to soften the dates.

  • You may substitute the pecans with another nut; walnuts work well too.

  • For a sweeter, firmer coating than the cocoa powder, melt 340 grams of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler and dip truffles to coat. Allow the truffles to cool for 30 minutes to harden
Yields 24 Truffles
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutritional analysis per serving (1 truffle)

Energy: 100 kJ (Cal); Fat: 1 g; Saturated Fat: 0.5 g; Trans Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: 0; Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: .01; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 10 mg; Potassium: 226 mg; Carbohydrates: 26 g; Fibre: 3 g; Sugar: 21 g; Protein: 1 g; Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 2%.