Adrienne Gajownik


Raw chocolate truffles

Morning! Man, it's hard to get going after a great long holiday weekend. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Now Christmas is really just around the corner. I heard so many Christmas songs and saw many trees tied to the roofs of cars on my drive home yesterday. People were outside stringing lights and decorating in 70 degree weather. It's amazing how fast we switch from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Last year we screenprinted these tea towels for friends and family for Christmas gifts. So we've been trying to come up with some new ideas this year. I'm thinking about making edible gifts. If so, these truffles might just make the list.
These treats only contain four ingredients, but yet they seem decadent. They're raw, because they aren't baked or cooked. The nuts are soaked overnight and the dates are soaked before blending together. I also tried a batch without soaking the dates, but I prefer the texture of the soaked dates. You could add other flavors like dried cherries, cinnamon, orange zest or mint extract.

Raw chocolate truffles
Makes about 20-24 bite-size balls
1 c walnuts, soaked
1 c dates
4 T cocoa power
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
~1/4 c unsweetened, shredded coconut

Soak walnuts for about 8 hours, drain. Soak dates for 15 minutes, drain. Put walnuts and dates into a food processor along with the cocoa, vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth. Roll into bite-size balls (0.75 inch round) with your hands. Then roll through the coconut, covering completely. Freeze for at least an house before serving. I keep them in the freezer and let thaw about five minutes before eating. But they didn't see to ever freeze all the way.