CINNAMON CHOCOLATE DATE TRUFFLES (GF) (V)

 

November 10, 2016

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Date palm trees were first cultivated in the Middle East about 8,000 years ago. They require 100 days in 100F heat and lots of water to produce the softest, sweetest dates. The rich fruit from the "Tree of Life" provide enough fiber and complex nutrients to energize you. These no-bake Date Truffles offer you the virtues of a gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan dessert. Rich and spicy with cocoa and cinnamon, they're perfect after a holiday dinner. Use medjool dates for a sweeter truffle. Leave me your comments below.

I came across this recipe on Shayma Saadat's luxurious website The Spice Spoon. Her guest, Kulsum of The Journey Kitchen (a site worth reading BTW) posted these Chocolate Cinnamon Truffles. I've adapted it slightly. Thank you Shayma and Kulsum.

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Ingredients

Makes 22-24 truffles

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Grams

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Volume

  • 750 grams pitted dates
  • 50 grams butter or coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder + more for dusting
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 60 grams ground pistachio
  • 26.50 ounces pitted dates
  • 2 ounces butter or coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder + more for dusting
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 2.25 ounces ground pistachios
  • 5 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder + more for dusting
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • ½ cup ground pistachio

Instructions

OTHER DUSTING INGREDIENTS

  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • oreo crumbs

MIS EN PLACE THE DATE TRUFFLES

  • Melt the butter in a pan.
  • Measure and pick through the dates to ensure there aren't any pits.

Pitted dates are the main ingredient for these truffles.
Pitted dates are the main ingredient for these truffles.

  • Measure cinnamon, cocoa powder and salt and set aside.
  • Prepare your dusting ingredients.

DIRECTIONS FOR FINISHING THE DATE TRUFFLES

  • Add the pitted dates (no chopping required) to the melted butter.

Dates coated in butter.
Dates coated in butter.

  • Cover the dates to keep in the moisture and let them cook in the butter until they're pulpy and sticky. This should take 10-20 minutes.
  • If after 10-20 minutes, the dates aren't softened, add a splash of water and cook another 10 minutes. Repeat until the dates are very pulpy and dissolved.
  • Turn off the heat and mix in the cinnamon and cocoa powder.
  • If the skins refuse to dissolve, run the mixture through a food processor until smooth.
  • Set aside to cool.

FINISHING THE DATE TRUFFLES

  • Once cool, the mixture should be remain pliable.
  • Pick out any pits you might have missed initially and roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.

The cooled date mixture remains piable.
The cooled date mixture remains piable.

Rolled Date Truffles without the dusting ingredients.
Rolled Date Truffles without the dusting ingredients.

  • Spread out the dusting ingredients on a flat surface, then roll the truffles to coat.

Rolling the truffles in cocoa and pistachio.
Rolling the truffles in cocoa and pistachio.

  • Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.

Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles rolled out and finished.
Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles rolled out and finished.

TAGS:  cinnamon   chocolate   dates   gluten free   vegan       LABELS: Chocolate  Gluten Free  Low Sugar  No Bake  Savoury  Nut and Seed 

Comments

5 Comments

Pierre Charbonneau   2017-10-05

Oh my god! Dense and yet, so smooth..

Kimberlie 2017-10-07

Thanks Pierre. Really happy you liked these truffles. Appreciate your comment.

Teresa   2017-01-07

These would be a lovely addition to a truffle tray!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Teresa, Thank you! I quite agree.

janet @ the taste space   2017-01-07

These look great! I wonder if coconut oil could substitute for the butter because these look luscious. :)

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Hi Janet, Yes, I believe coconut oil would work fine. What's important is that the coconut oil hardens at room temperature. The flavour would be quite lovely. Please let me know if you try them. I'm very interested.

Carolyn   2017-01-07

These look delicious and healthy too! I am going to add them to my Christmas cookie list!

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Hi Carolyn, Thanks for adding them to your cookie list for this year. Makes me happy. Please let me know how you liked them.

Terri   2017-01-07

These look fabulous! Great idea for gift giving too.

Kimberlie 2017-01-07

Thanks Terri. You'll enjoy them! Let me know if you try them.

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CINNAMON CHOCOLATE DATE TRUFFLES (GF) (V)

Makes 22-24 truffles

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