CHOCOLATE CINNAMON DATE TRUFFLES

CHOCOLATE CINNAMON DATE TRUFFLES
November 10, 2016 Kimberlie

CHOCOLATE CINNAMON DATE TRUFFLES

Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles, The Finer Cookie.

Date palm trees were first cultivated in the Middle East about 8,000 years ago. They require 100 days in 100ºF 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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  • Makes 22-24 truffles

    TRUFFLE INGREDIENTS

  • 750 grams pitted dates
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces/50 grams) butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder + more for dusting
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • ½ cup ground pistachio
  • OTHER DUSTING INGREDIENTS

  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • oreo crumbs
  • Melt the butter in a pan.
  • Measure and pick through the dates to ensure there aren’t any pits.
    Chocolate cinnamon date truffles the finer cookie.

    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.
      Chocolate cinnamon date truffles the finer cookie.

      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.
      Chocolate cinnamon date truffles the finer cookie.

      The cooled date mixture remains piable.

    • Chocolate cinnamon date truffles the finer cookie.

      Rolled Date Truffles without the dusting ingredients.

    • Spread out the dusting ingredients on a flat surface, then roll the truffles to coat.
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      Rolling the truffles in cocoa and pistachio.

    • Chocolate cinnamon date truffles the finer cookie.

      Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles rolled out and finished.

    • Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.
      Chocolate cinnamon date truffles the finer cookie.

      Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles, The Finer Cookie.

    8 Comments

    1. Teresa 3 months ago

      These would be a lovely addition to a truffle tray!

      • Author
        Kimberlie 3 months ago

        Teresa, Thank you! I quite agree.

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

      • Author
        Kimberlie 3 months ago

        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.

    3. Carolyn 3 months ago

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

      • Author
        Kimberlie 3 months ago

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

    4. Terri 3 months ago

      These look fabulous! Great idea for gift giving too.

      • Author
        Kimberlie 3 months ago

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

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