I was hankering after a sweet treat tonight so decided to make some quick truffles from dates, walnuts and almonds. Dates are fast becoming a popular addition to my kitchen as they are fantastic for creating vegan desserts, exuding a rich almost chocolate like taste. I’m still not up for just munching them on their own but I’m getting there. Try one with half a strawberry – close your eyes and you could easily mistake it for chocolate!
These are quite similar to the raw vegan brownies, but with a few more ingredients, and much less time-consuming. They only took about 15 minutes to make which is great for a last minute snack. They can easily be adapted to include your prefered nuts, or you could subsitute the gojis for raisins, cherries or omit them completely. I also think flavouring with orange zest and rind would be really tasty – one for Christmas, I think! And then there’s always the prospect of adding a bit of booze…
Vegan chocolate and goji berry truffles
- 1/2 cup of dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup of walnuts
- 1/4 cup of almonds (or ground almonds)
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp goji berries
- 2 tbsp grated coconut (I grate a block of creamed coconut)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
Blend the dates, walnuts and almonds in a food processor until almost smooth, and paste like. A bit of texture is good. Blending them all together stops the mix from going really sticky which happened when I made the raw brownies.
Add the cocoa powder and goji berries and blend until mixed. If you want the goji berries completely ground down add them at the start. I prefer to have the berries almost whole for texture.
Add the grated coconut and maple syrup and mix. It should be a slightly sticky texture. Roll into balls. You can leave them plain, or roll them in cocoa powder, icing sugar, coconut or nuts.