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- 2 cups high quality soft dates, pitted
- ½ cup cranberries
- 2 – 3 tablespoons raw cacao or carob powder, additional for coating
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped dry hazel nuts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Himalayan salt to taste
Blend your high quality soft dates, cranberries and cacao/carob powder in a high speed blender or food processor until you have a very smooth uniform consistency. Use your tamper or spatula to scrape the dough down until it’s well combined as you blend.
Scoop out mixture, roll into small balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Mixture will be very sticky, wet or lightly coat hands with coconut oil to make it easier to manage. Roll balls into cacao/carob powder. Place truffles in the refrigerator for at least one hour to firm up.
If you are not using high-quality soft dates soak in warm pure water for at least an hour before hand, prunes work great also or mix of 2. Anyway pour out excess water and dry off dates very well. Add coconut oil if the dates are too hard while blending.
Store truffles in an air tight container in the refrigerator. For perfection you can sieve to smoothen the texture.
CHEFS NUTRITION FACTS:
Antioxidants | iron | magnesium
Cacao beans are one of nature’s most potent antioxidant foods. The foundation of all chocolate products, cacao (ka-kow) beans are found inside the pulp of the cacao fruit. Navitas Naturals Cacao Beans are sourced from Peru where they are naturally fermented to remove bitterness – creating a smooth, rich chocolate flavor. Get the real chocolate that benefits the body, not complicates it.
When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them. They contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer.
Hazelnuts are very high in energy and loaded with numerous health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health. 100 g nuts carry 628 calories. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower LDL or bad cholesterol and rise HDL or good cholesterol. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet plentiful in monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease, and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
As a fruit of the heather family, cranberries are related to blueberries, bilberries, and lingon berries. Most commonly grown species is the North American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), but other types of cranberries are found in nature. Cranberries are primarily composed of carbs and fibres (90% of dry berries) These are mainly simple sugars, such as sucrose, glucose, and fructose The rest is made up of insoluble fibres, such as pectin, cellulose, and hemicellulose, which pass through the gut almost intact.