I like to have something sweet on hand as a snack in the evening or sometimes to put into the lunch I take to work. I’ve already told you about “oatmeal powerballs” and here’s another one of my “go to” sweet items — chocolate date truffles. I called it a secret sweet treat in the title because I tend to not tell people they contain dates until after they’ve tried them. I find that people think they dislike dates but learn that these truffles are very good if they give them a chance.

If you search on the web, you can find numerous variants on this recipe; they are very popular. I’ve tried a few of the recipes and most are quite good. I’ve settled on the version below.

Keep in mind that you can mix it up to your hearts content with this recipe. Today, mine are rolled in unsweetened coconut to make them less sticky when handling them. You can also use unsweetened cocoa, or crushed nuts. Also, I made them as small chocolate bars this time, but usually I make them into bite-size balls, which is why I call them truffles. And, the recipe calls for chopped almonds mixed in, but you can substitute other nuts if that is what you prefer or have on hand. Today, I even used a few dried figs in place of some of the dates.

Chocolate Date Truffles

3/4 cup almonds, finely chopped

3/4 cup medjool dates (I have substituted other dates with success)

pinch of salt

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Unsweetened coconut for coating

 

In a food processor, grind the dates into small pieces. Add the almonds, salt and cocoa powder and process until combined. Add a small amount of water, if needed, to make a sticky mixture. Hand roll into bite-size balls or press into a small square pan lined with plastic wrap. If pressed into a pan, slice into small bars. Coat either bars or balls with unsweetened coconut. Store in refrigerator.