Scroll to the bottom if you just want the recipe and none of my annoying rambling : )
So this is a story about how I made a very dumb mistake and ended up with something actually delicious and amazing.
It was pretty cold out and I immediately was like omg fall (it’s not fall) and then I was like omg Holidays, frick I never have anything to eat at holiday parties (also I’m not invited to any) I should probably make some sort of holiday dessert for #funsies. There really isn’t much logic to that train of thought right there but it happened and it led us to these little balls of goodness so …
The OG plan was to make an easy vegan truffle using cocoa powder, agave, coconut oil and some sort of nut or nut butter flavoring etc etc.
so I did that, kinda followed a recipe but then just said whatever and went off the rails. I ended up with something that looked exactly like the picture above (sans decorative lavender) (…”decorative lavender” I am officially the worst).
BUT THEN I TASTED IT AND IT WAS ACTUALLY GOD AWFUL
I exaggerate a lot but I am actually not exaggerating when I say these were so bad. Absolutely not edible. Bad. Side note, my dad actually liked them so I think that makes him a certified psycho.
I then realized the error of my ways, I used cacao powder instead of cocoa powder. Very minimal amount of phonetic change, huuuuuge flavor change. Cacao is very bitter. Cocoa is not. If you have eaten a handful of cacao nibs you may now understand what I mean when I say these were bad.
So then I was pretty sad because 1. my little truffles were really pretty and 2. I had wasted a lot of time and expensive products making something gross that I would not even serve to my worst enemy. Huge bummer right? Haha gotcha I FIXED THEM.
I could have dumped in sugar or veg butter or more agave but the whole point was that they were healthyish so that would have defeated the purpose. Then I remembered we had dates and my whole world was turned around. Truly. Depression, cured. Anxiety, gone. Poverty, no more.
No but really the dates cancelled out any bitterness and made these so good and it was such an easy addition that actually made them healthier in my opinion because now we’re getting some fruit and fiber with our truffles and that’s just great right?! Plus cacao has way more beneficial nutrients when compared to cocoa (which is essentially just heated cacao, the heating process is where you lose a lot of the good stuff). So basically I’m gonna pretend that this was my goal from the start and that I am a culinary ~genius~
If you read through all of that you are
weird AWESOME. but now you get the recipe below so bless up.
CHOCOLATE DATE TRUFFLES;
I realized post production that these are raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free, paleo?, and could be nut free if desired. So that’s pretty cool.
For ~20 truffles…
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1 cup CACAO powder
- 6-7 dates depending on desired sweetness
- salt to taste ( I did about 1/4 tsp, could have done a little more)
- 2 tbsp cold water
optional add ins; I did hazelnuts in the truffles and coated them in crushed hazelnuts and coconut flakes but you could do any type of nut, plain coconut, sprinkles, cinnamon, peppermint (festive af) or really anything your heart desires
- melt your coconut oil
- in a medium-large bowl combine coconut oil, agave, cacao powder and salt and stir until mixed
- add in your cold water SLOWLY while stirring (like seriously really slowly, tsps at a time even, this is weird but crucial because if you don’t do it you’re gonna get a weird consistency)
- let the mixture cool in the freezer for ~30 minutes until its solidified a bit
- put your dates in a food processor until they are a gooey mess!
- Mix your dates, cooled chocolate mix and any desired filling and blend until distributed evenly ( I just did this all in the food processor because I’m lazy)
- roll into balls! roll the balls in whatever topping you prefer! (I did very finely crushed hazelnuts and unsweetened coconut flakes)
- store in the fridge or devour all at once
I stored my truffles in mini muffin liners and then put them all in a tupperware. easy peasy.