Chocolate and goji berry truffles recipe

 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

  • Servings: 14-16 truffles
  • Time: 15mins
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Ingredients

  • 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

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Method

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.

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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.

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