Date-Nut Truffles

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Make these luscious mouthfuls at the start of the holiday season, then pop them into
a resealable plastic bag, store in the freezer, and pull out as a quick dessert for guests.

  • TRUFFLEServings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs. sugar

Preparation

1. Toast almonds in skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until light brown. Set aside.

2. Place dates in saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and let stand 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 Tbs. liquid. Transfer to food processor, and purée with reserved liquid until smooth.

3. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Stir in almonds, vanilla, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, almond extract and pinch of salt.

4. Spread coconut on plate. Sift cocoa, sugar and remaining 1/2 tsp. cinnamon into bowl.

5. Form date mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll in coconut, and then in cocoa mixture. Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in freezer up to 2 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Makes about 3 dozen
  • Calories: 49
  • Carbohydrate Content: 9 g
  • Fat Content: 1 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 4 mg
  • Sugar Content: 7 g