Ginger Chocolate Truffles
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- 2 cups pitted dates (about 20 medjool dates)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 2 cups chocolate chips (use dairy-free for vegan version)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil or other oil for melting chocolate
- Place pitted dates in a food processor and pulse a few times to chop. Add in the ground ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, orange zest, orange juice and molasses and pulse until a slightly chunky puree forms. You want it to be caramel-like in texture but still able to pinch off. Taste it! If you like more ginger flavor, now is the time to add it!
- Remove the ginger-orange mixture and place into a bowl.
- Place in the freezer or refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes until chilled.
- Remove the dough from the freezer or refrigerator and pinch a tablespoon or so at a time and roll into balls. I like to make them small enough that you can enjoy them in 2 bites. Place into a wax paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Once all the balls are rolled (you should have about 25-30) place back in the freezer to chill. If the dough is cold enough, it won't melt when you roll it in chocolate.
- Place the chocolate chips in a medium sauce pan with the coconut oil and melt over medium-low heat.
- Place the balls, one at a time in the melted chocolate until just coated. Remove and place back on the parchment lined baking sheet. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and drizzle it onto the balls.
- Enjoy as is or place in the fridge while not eating!
- Recipe provided by Alex Caspero, R.D., of Delish Knowledge.
Per serving: 117 kcal cal., 5 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 18 g carb., 1 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 1 g pro.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet