Raw Vegan Coconut truffles
1 cup dates
½ cup walnuts
½ cup almonds
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon salt
Extra coconut, cocoa powder or nuts for finishing.
In a food processor or Vitamix blend together the dates, walnuts and almonds until they form a crumble-paste. If it is too thick, add a little water, but only enough for it to come together. It shouldn’t be totally smooth; some nutty pieces are desirable. Add the cocoa powder and blend until mostly incorporated. Remove the nut mixture from food processor and place it in a large bowl. Fold in the remaining ingredients by hand.
Now it’s time to truffle. If the “dough” is too sticky at this point, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes until it rolls easily into balls. Measure the truffle mixture out as 1 heaping tablespoon each. Roll into balls and then toss in your desired topping.
While these could be eaten right away, the truffles are best when cold. For best results place the truffles in the freezer and allow to harden (at least 1 hour). Store the remaining truffles in the freezer and pull out 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe by: thesweetlife.com