Raw Cocoa-Oat Truffles
I love healthy little bite sized ball snacks so when I passed this recipe near the entrance at Whole Foods, I picked up all the ingredients to make them.
Almond butter, oats, cacao powder, dates, maple syrup and spices are blended together in a food processor until sticky. They are then rolled into balls, and dusted in more cacao powder.
It's kind of shocking how decadently delicious these are. I tried one right away and thought it was okay, but after letting them sit in the fridge for a few hours all the flavors blended and they are fantastic. Seriously. Delicious.
When you bite into one, it is chewy, chocolatey, and rich. These look very similar to a regular truffle, but with only good-for-you ingredients. This is the way to eat.
Makes about 20 truffles
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates (fresh as possible. Too dry will yield dry truffles)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided (I use raw cacao powder. It's the bomb)
1/2 cup almond butter
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cinnamon (I was very liberal with the spices)
Pinch sea salt
Place oats in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground. Add dates, 2 tablespoons cocoa, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt and process until finely ground and sticking together.
Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll truffle mixture into balls about 2 teaspoons each, pressing firmly for mixture to stick together. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and chill until ready to serve.