"Is anyone up for dessert?" All eyes look to me and then regretfully decline while the waitress waits with bated breath. As a health nut and fitness junkie I get a rap for being anti-dessert, but that is not the case. If you can enjoy a dessert with delicious ingredients without added sugar (artificial, or otherwise) I say go for it!! Dessert is a yummy way to finish a meal. I personally love to finish my meal with a sweet piece of fruit, but that just doesn't cut it for some folks. THIS recipe is the perfect example of something delightfully decadent without sacrificing health for taste. So, if that's you and you need something a little more to satisfy your sweet tooth, try these Chocolate Date Truffles from Food Doodles.
They are filled with good-for-you ingredients, they are tasty AND they are vegan!!
- 3/4 c. almonds
- 1/2 c. dates
- 1/2 c. dried figs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or raw cacao for an added boost of antioxidants)
1. Blend the almonds till they become a fairly fine meal – but not quite till they turn into butter. 2. Remove from your food processor and add the dates and figs. 3. Blend till there are no large chunks of fruit left. 4. Add all the other ingredients to the food processor including the previously ground almonds and blend. 5. Taste, and add more cocoa if desired, then continue to blend till a dough forms. 6. Scoop and roll into balls, press into cookie cutters for fun shapes, or press into a loaf pan and slice into bars (you can also press whole or roughly chopped almonds into them for a change of texture or roll them in cocoa powder to cut the sweetness.)
Enjoy them refrigerated or at room temperature.
This would be a great snack to use for packed lunches, dinner parties or even just to make for your kitchen workout! A little bit a sweet goes a long way.
Eat well. Live well. Be well.