Cacao Cashew Date Truffles

Cacao Cashew Date Truffles

Cacao Cashew Date Truffles        yields 40 truffles


All the ingredients are wholesome and nutrient dense – no empty foods here.
These truffles do melt in your mouth yet keep your blood sugar levels even.

They contain plenty of protein, good fat, fiber and superfood cacao.
Read more about the amazing properties of cacao here.

1 cup (240 ml) pitted dried dates, cut in half lengthwise (this way you make sure, there aren’t any pits left)
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
2 cups (480 ml) raw cashews
3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or a couple of scrapings of the vanilla bean
3 pinches fine sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 Soak dates overnight in ¼ cup water

2 Place cashews on cookie sheet and roast at 400 F (200 C) for about 10 minutes, until slightly golden

3 Process nuts in blender until quite fine, set aside

4 Process dates including any leftover soaking water and the maple syrup or honey in blender until they become an even paste

5 Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix with spatula, if necessary knead by hand to produce an even consistency

6 Take 2 teaspoons of the mixture and form into a small ball, rest on a paper towel first so that any excess nut oil can be absorbed

7 Continue making little balls out of the entire mixture and rest on the paper towel

8 Then transfer truffles onto serving platter

Matcha Cacao Truffles        yields 30 truffles

9 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons matcha powder
1 pinch fine salt
3 tablespoons cacao butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 drop almond essence or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons matcha powder
½ teaspoon fine salt
1 In a bowl mix all dry ingredients.
2 Warm the cacao butter in a small pot on lowest heat until molten.
3 Add the coconut oil and stir until molten.
4 Add the maple syrup and almond essence and stir some more.
5 Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
6 Place the bowl into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
7 Form 1 teaspoon size balls and place them on a serving plate.
8 Mix the dusting ingredients in a small bowl. Use a tea strainer and teaspoon to dust your truffles.
PS: It can be hard to find cacao butter (the cold pressed fat from cacao beans) in the health food store. I get mine through Amazon. Here is the link to a brand I like:
Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Organic Cacao Butter, 16 Ounces

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