Monday, October 15, 2012

Healthy Truffles—for Gifting & Eating


Easy to Make—Naturally Sweet—Great Holiday Gift!

Your family will be delighted to help you make and decorate these sweet little treats for the holidays.

I've made a healthy mostly-raw version of truffles half a dozen times and decided to try a new recipe last week. (See my earlier truffle recipe post here.) I made some goodies for a bake sale to benefit a needy family in our local homeschool group and these were a portion of what I ended up bringing. See the easy instructions below!

Chocolatey Truffles: 
This recipe is like one found in the book Raw Family Signature Dishes by Victoria Boutenko. The basic dough ball is formed from the same mix she uses as her basic chocolate cake (but there's no chocolate in it)!

Yes, it does look like chocolate! But here are the simple ingredients: 
  • 2 cups walnuts (soaked, drained and dehydrated)
  • 2 cups organic raisins
  • 2 Tbs olive oil,
  • juice from 1 lemon
Of course—it's the raisins that give it that rich dark color! And it really does have a chocolate taste.

Directions: Place walnuts into a food processor and grind well. Remove walnut mixture to a bowl. Add raisins, lemon and oil to the processor and mix until it's creamy. Combine this mixture in the bowl with the walnuts. Roll by hand and form into one-inch or teaspoon size balls. Set them aside.

Place small dishes of your favorite toppings to dip your truffles in. I chose: 
  • shredded unsweetened coconut, 
  • sesame seeds, 
  • cinnamon, 
  • carob chips
  • melted dark chocolate

The Toppings


Place dipped truffles in small candy-size papers and arrange in a pretty box and top with a bow. I also arranged a six-count amount in inexpensive plastic storage containers. (You must save some to enjoy for your own family!)

Optional: Decorate with a cherry half, nut, or candy, pressed into the top center of each truffle.

Pretty boxes add some holiday color.

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