Will U B My Valentine Date (Nut Truffles:)

img_1802Prep Time: 30 minutes Creation time: 10 minutes

Last summer I started my AirBnb business! I decided to start this business when I lost my biggest client from my consulting practice. After having cancer, I started taking supplements like Asea, grape seed extract, wheat grass, turkey tail, and being much more conscious about buying organic meats and produce! Of course this all adds up to more money to keep up this kind of maintenance:( My Air Bnb helps me afford all these things to help me stay cancer free and I get to meet all kinds of people who I normally would not have!

One of the extra things I like to do for my guest is to keep a jar of tasty, healthy treats in the fridge. My usual thing has been to make my sunflower seed butter muffins or friendship cookies. This past week I decided to make something a little fancier: Date Nut Truffles in honor of Valentines! I found this recipe in the Cancer Cook Book by Rebecca Katz. Other than the dates, I pretty much followed her recipe! They turned out so pretty and delicious that I just had to share it with all of you who are craving something sweet but, without the guilt on this Valentine’s Day!

Healthy ingredients: apricot, dark chocolate, almond, coconut
Healthy ingredients: apricot, dark chocolate, almond, coconut

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dried apricots

1/3 cup +2 tablespoons raw almonds

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 oz dark chocolate with 64-72% cacao

1/2 cup dates with seeds removed and halved

1 1/2 tsp orange zest

2 tbs boiling water

Tools: Food processor

Chop the apricots into small pieces so they are about the size of a grain of rice. Soak in filtered water for 5 minutes. Chop the dark chocolate into fine pieces so it will melt easily. I shaved mine with a sharp knife. Put the dark chocolate into the boiling water and mix well. If using a microwave use 3 Tbs of water as some will evaporate. The consistency should be smooth. Put the chocolate, raw almonds, zest, and dates into a food processor and blend until smooth. The original recipe calls for medjool dates but I just used organic dates that had already been seeded. If the dates are hard, you can soak them in water so they will blend easier.  Drain the apricot bits and add to the mixture. Pulse the food processor a few times until mixed.

Put the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours. (I got antsy and only did 90 min and it was fine.) Spread the coconut bits on a flat clean surface. I found unsweetened coconut flakes at Trader Joe’s and crushed them with my hands for smaller bits.

valentines truffles
When ready remove the mixture from the fridge. Scoop out a table-spoon and work into a 3/4″ ball. Repeat. Roll each ball in the coconut bits. Voila! Tasty goodness that hits your sweet spot on this Valentine’s Day!

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