One of my very first recipes when I started blogging a couple months ago was Toasted Coconut & Almond Truffle Bites. I must confess that I’ve been thinking about them ever since. I mean, they were good….really good! And we all enjoyed them, eating only one little truffle bite per day. I gave away quite a few too…..to me that’s part of the fun of cooking. Plus I really encourage and appreciate feedback from my
Guinea pigs friends and family who sample my recipes. It’s not easy to be my own judge when it comes to whether something is going to be pleasing to a wide variety of palates. But I think we’re probably all a bit like that. We like what we like and there’s no real rhyme nor reason to it sometimes! And let’s face it – husbands and kids – are not always 100% honest with their feedback. At least not mine anyway….I think they’re afraid I might never cook again if they get too negative! Honestly I would never do that, well…not forever anyway! 😜
So today’s recipe is a sort of high-jacked version of my original truffle bites, but I changed them up a little bit, added some different flavors, and because tiny things are the cutest things – I made them Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites. Am I right about tiny things being the best, though?!? Think Mini Mouse, Mini Cooper cars, mini muffins…you get the idea!
Making these these little cuties is a cinch! With just a few simple ingredients you’ll be able to wow your family and friends with these mini delicacies and they’ll never-in-a-million-years guess they’re sugar free….unless you choose to tell them, of course!
As you can see you only need 6 very simple ingredients: dates, walnuts, organic cacao powder, dried cherries, almond extract, and almonds! The very first thing I do is grind up the almonds in the food processor until they resemble coarse crumbs then set them aside. Making the mini truffle bites is a simple process of whirring the dates, walnuts, cacao, and almond extract in the food processor until it’s well blended. Then I add the cherries and process just a few more pulses until they’re slightly chopped up, and evenly distributed in the mixture. After that I scrape every little bit into a bowl and put it in the fridge to set up for 30-60 minutes. And by every little bit, I mean all except for the morsels I sample – you know- for quality control purposes! 😉
After the truffle mixture has chilled it’s a simple matter of rolling the mini truffles into balls, and then rolling the balls in the ground almonds to coat. Then comes the best part…sharing them and eating them! I love the pop-ability of these mini truffle bites, and sometimes when I’m craving a sweet treat it turns out just one of these is enough to satisfy me! I just pop one in my mouth and go on with my day…all happy and satisfied. Life is good with Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites chillin’ in my fridge! 😉
Tiny little Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your Cook Eat Be Healthy standards! They're the perfect pop-in-your-mouth treat!
1 hr, 30 Total Time
- 3 cups Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 3/4 cups walnuts
- 6 tbsp organic cacao powder
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 tsp pure almond extract (not flavoring)
- 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds
- In bowl of 8-10 cup food processor, place almonds, and process on low until almonds resemble coarse crumbs.
- Pour ground almonds into a separate bowl and set aside.
- Place pitted dates, walnuts, cacao, and almond extract in bowl of food processor and process until completely blended and smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. It took mine almost 5 minutes.
- If you're having trouble getting the mixture to come together, you may need to add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a stiff 'dough' is formed.
- Toss in dried cherries and pulse a few times until the cherries are slightly chopped and well incorporated.
- Scrape the truffle mixture into another bowl and refrigerate 30-60 minutes until the mixture is fully chilled and easily formed into small balls.
- Roll each mini truffle bite in ground almonds to coat.
- Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 10 to 14 days.
- HAHAHA...like there's any chance they'll last that long!
If your dates are quite dry you may want to soak them in hot water for about 5 minutes just to soften them a bit. Do not soak them too long though, or your truffle mixture will be too soft to roll into balls. If that happens, I recommend making Chocolate Almond Cherry bars instead!