Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

Chocolate Cranberry Truffles
I was looking for a whole foods alternative to the highly processed “energy” bars (more like crash and burn) so favored by my daughter, who is a swimmer. Upon experimenting with different dried fruits, this was the final version that won her approval, as well as her teammates and friends. Nuts provide a bit of protein, dates and cranberries are a natural sweetener, and coconut adds good fat. I usually add some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocoholic in all of us! It’s a no cook (all you need is a food processor) snack, treat, dessert your family will love. Once you get a hang of the basic recipe, you’ll enjoy making variations on the basic nut and date base.
    Servings
    251" balls
    Cook Time
    20minutes
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    Servings
    251" balls
    Cook Time
    20minutes
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 1 3/4cup raw almonds
    • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4cup dried cranberries
    • 1 3/4cup pitted dates
    • 1/3cup unsweetened shredded coconut, and another ¼ cup for rolling
    • 1/4cup semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/4cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    Instructions
    1. Place almonds and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process into a fine powder. Slowly add cranberries and dates, until mixed well and slightly sticky. Remove to a large bowl (when you try to combine some in your hand it should stick together, if not then add more dates until slightly sticky). Mix in by hand or mixing spoon 1/3 cup shredded coconut
    2. Mix in by hand or mixing spoon the chocolate chips and cocoa powder until the cocoa powder is fully mixed in. It is best to do this with your hands; messy, yes, but easiest. I like to chop up the chocolate chips in the food processor before adding to the almond mixture.
    3. Roll mixture into 1” balls, roll in coconut shreds. Best stored in the refrigerator. This will make 25 to 30 1” balls.
    Recipe Notes

    You may want to double batch, as they go fast! My youngest prefers them as “Brownie Bites”- no cranberries, chocolate chips or coconut. It does taste similar to a brownie. I usually make these two variations at the same time.

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