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Date Nut Truffles

Date Nut Truffles

These mouth-watering little treats are so delicious, the grateful recipients will never guess how healthy they are! Made with almonds, dates, and coconut flakes, these lower-in-fat-and-sugar morsels will disappear in no time. Date Nut Truffles make a lovely dessert, gift, or pot luck offering.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
2 cups pitted dates
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

1. Cover dates with water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Drain dates, reserving 1 tablespoon of the water. Puree dates and reserved liquid in a blender or food processor until smooth.

2. In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until light brown, 3 or 4 minutes.

3. Place pureed dates in a bowl and add the almonds, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, almond extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir well to combine.

4. Place the coconut flakes on a plate. Combine cocoa, sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl.

5. Shape the date mixture into 1-inch balls, roll in coconut mixture, and then in cocoa mixture.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:48AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:14PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Sounds good. Truffles are so delicious.

9:20AM PDT on Apr 20, 2010

I love it thanks

6:48AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Thank you - I have almost everything I need here - will give them a try!

12:40AM PST on Mar 6, 2010

Thank you for the post

3:17PM PST on Mar 5, 2010

Thank you for the article!

9:19AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

Yummy!

8:12AM PST on Dec 21, 2009

I love it. Now I have a recipe to equal that of my daughter. I going to enjoy making these treats for her. She also gives me edible treats and never shares her recipes. Well, I am not going to share this recipe either.

4:05PM PST on Dec 6, 2009

Sound delicious!

11:48AM PST on Nov 28, 2009

Mmmm

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