Adrienne Gajownik

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Happy Halloween!

I'm lame when it comes to Halloween. I'm not sure if it's because we live in an apartment building—which has no trick-or-treaters—but my decor isn't only sparse, there is none. The most festive we get is drinking a pumpkin beer to ring in this holiday. Plus after the wrath Sandy unleashed on the Northeast, I've had a hard time getting into a party mood.

I was going back through the archives and thought this would make the perfect Halloween treat. I made a batch last night and adapted the recipe a bit. It's rich and can satisfy your sweet tooth, but fills you up with healthy fiber and natural sugars. If you're having a party tonight, make these easy raw chocolate truffles instead of filling up on candy.

Raw chocolate truffles
Adapted from this recipe
1 c walnuts
1 c dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
4 apricots, chopped
3-4 T cocoa power
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp almond extract
pinch of sea salt
~1/4 c unsweetened, shredded coconut

Put walnuts into a food processor and blend until sandy in texture, almost a minute. Remove from water and chop up the dates. Add the dates, apricots, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, and almond extract. Process until well mixed and sticky. Roll into bite-size balls (0.75 inch round) with your hands. Then roll through the coconut, covering completely. Freeze for at least an hour, if serving soon. I store these in the fridge, so they're ready to eat.

Happy Halloween!