Almond Date Truffles (Vegan)

December 19, 2012

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Almond Date Chocolate Truffle - Vegan | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comI have been in the kitchen non stop since before Thanksgiving. Baking, creating, cooking, organizing, and eating. After baking thousands of cookies, bars, making candy, and teacakes, for holiday gifting, believe it or not, I ran out of stuff. I still had several on my list that I could not neglect, yet the idea of pulling out my kitchen aid mixer and turning on my oven was not sounding so attractive.

Vegan Almond Date Chocolate Truffles are my new addiction | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comI could not bake one more thing. Instead of choosing one of our old favorites, I thumbed through my little, black composition book and found this recipe, earmarked. It required pantry staples, my Cuisinart, and a little bit of time (not much). Not only were these simple to make, but they look pretty, and they are quite delicious. I dipped a few in some sifted unsweetened cocoa and although they were yummy, I preferred those coated in almonds.

Holiday Gifting - Vegan Almond Date Truffles | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comThese were made specifically for my kids pediatrician, who is vegan. He doesn’t preach his philosophy, but he sure makes it sound good (his wife is a great cook). I have tried to bake a few vegan desserts, actually failed at making vegan desserts. A few weeks back I made a little coconut, oat, chocolate cluster, which were also vegan, I kind of fell in love. So when trying to make something vegan for friends, avoid the whole baking thing. Keep it simple and make something raw that doesn’t require either your mixer or the oven.

Gifting + Packaging Candy and More | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comWhat I love most about the holidays, almost as much as creating the recipes and organizing the flavors, is the packaging and a new creative way to say “thank you”. It’s always a fun creative outlet for me. I do have my favorite on line stores along with their specialty boxes, colored wax paper, and ribbons(wrote about it here) and it’s easy to take the same box and accessories and give them a totally new look.

Enjoy the holidays, stay safe, and hold your loved ones close.

Almond Date Truffles

ingredients:
14 ounces | 405 grams 20 Medjool dates, remove seed
3 1/4 ounces | 92 grams | 1/3 cup creamy, raw almond butter
1 ounce | 28 grams | 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 ounce | 30 grams | 1/3 + 1 tablespoon unsweeteend organic cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raw almonds, toasted and chopped fine

instructions:
• put dates in the workbowl of the cuisinart. pulse until chunks no longer appear.
• add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until fully combined.
• place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. chill for 20 minutes.
• toast almonds in 325* oven for 10 minutes. let cool, then chop fine.
• using a 1″ ice cream scooper, roll date mixture into balls.
• roll in chopped almonds (pressing almonds into truffles) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
• place baking in fridge and let set for an hour. store in an airtight container for weeks.
* variation: roll truffles in sifted, unsweetened cocoa powder.

yield: 30 1″ truffles

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1 Kim December 20, 2012 at 4:35 am

I would certainly eat these as I’m sure they are great!

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2 Susan December 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

Kim – there are very good. And, I believe you can come up with your own version – that’s the fun part.

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3 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love truffles! Your almond date version sounds incredible!

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4 Susan December 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

thanks, Anne. I have never made a raw truffle like this and they were surprisingly good. Now, I have to get my kids to adjust their palate for these – I want these to be the new sweet in their lunch box!

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5 Lyn December 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

These sound lovely,, and I will certainly try them! I’m curious though, as a newish vegan(ish) person, is honey vegan?

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6 Vespa Woolf January 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I have some cacao powder and this is just the kind of recipe I was looking for! I agree that rolling the balls in almonds sounds tasty, both for flavor and texture. Thanks!

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7 Susan January 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Hi Vespa! Can’t wait to hear how they come out. I put them in my kids lunch boxes and they loved them!

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8 Rayna January 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm

These look delicious! I love making healthy desserts using dates & nuts {like my raw brownies} so I might be trying this recipe this weekend!

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9 Jesse Gabriel January 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Danke für das tolle Rezept und auch danke, dass Sie Gramm angaben gemacht haben!
Viele Grüße,
Jesse

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10 Georgette Powell January 17, 2013 at 5:09 am

I was wondering if I could swap the almond butter and roasted almonds for another nut like macadamia or peanut?

I’ve also read about using pistachio chunks crushed as a green dust or cinnamon, and a pinch of cardamon for a spicy twist.

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11 Susan January 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hi Georgette! I do not see why not. I think they would be delish with a bit of any sort of nut. Please let me know how they come out!

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12 Ashley June 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

Random question, but do you know what font that is on your picture! It’s beautiful!

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13 Susan June 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

Taller Evolution Rev Have fun with it!

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