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Medjool Date Truffles

Medjool Date Truffles

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (525 g) Natural Delights® Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 30 dates)
  • 2 shots espresso, brewed with 12 oz (355 mL) water or strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup (125 g) pecans, chopped finely
  • ½ cup (30 g) coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, shredded 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. orange or lemon zest, finely grated 
  • ½ cup (64 g) or more unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

Preparation

  1. Soften the dates by soaking them for 3 to 5 minutes in 12 oz (355 mL) of warm (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 1 inch (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 12 oz (340 g) of the semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler and dip the truffles to coat them. Allow the truffles to cool for 30 minutes to harden
Makes 24 Truffles
35 minutes

Nutritional analysis per serving (1 truffle)

Calories: 100, Total 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, Carbohydrate: 26 g, Fibre: 3 g, Sugar: 21 g, Protein: 1 g, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 2%