I think I would lead a happier life if every Wednesday was a truffle day. Just sayin’.
I have an easy kind of truffles for you today, delicious to the max. They make great nibblies to have on hand for guests who drop by, and also elegant little gifts. And the best part of this recipe (which I have modified from here and here), aside from its simplicity and versatility, is that they’re totally vegan and gluten-free. So you can make everyone happy. Serve them with chokladboll for fika and it will be even more impressive.
Soak about 15 medjool dates (those are the big ones) for about 15 minutes.
While the dates are relaxing in their nice bath, take about 1 cup dessicated coconut, and chuck it in your food processor. Pulse that until you have teeny flakes, and set half of it aside for coating the finished truffles.
Do the same with 1 cup walnuts, almonds, pecans, or nut of your choosing, reserving half for coating. I toasted these ones first.
Dump the other half of the coconut and nuts back in the food processor.
Add the soaked dates to the food processor, as well as 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk. Alternately, you can use a few tablespoons of coconut oil.
Now what you should know here is that I both doubled the recipe and my food processor is really small, so I did this in batches and mixed it together in a bowl.
Pulse that gooey mass until it’s all finely combined and forming a huge ball. Chuck that in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Then you can start making truffles balls with your hands. Take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it in your palms to form a rough sphere. This was my hand after doing the whole batch.
Roll about a third of your truffles in unsweetened cocoa powder (with an extra sprinkling of cayenne if you wish), another third in your coconut flakes, and the last third in the crushed nuts.
Keep these in the fridge, or freeze them for later on down the road. My doubled recipe made 48 truffles.
They’re so pretty and tasty and spicy!