I was introduced to date-nut balls, raw vegan bliss balls, raw chocolate truffles, whatever-you-want-to-call-’em, by Kimberly Snyder in her “The Beauty Detox Solution” book; she calls them raw cacao balls.
As you may already know, I come from a very large family. I am the youngest of 6 daughters and the auntie to 15 kids. When I go to a family event or just visit family, I’m usually never empty-handed. Since having a sweet tooth is a common trait in my family, I usually come over with sweet gifts to bear. I am delighted that my mom, sisters and their kids enjoy vegan and gluten-free treats! And I am even more delighted when my raw vegan treats are a hit. Some of the pickiest eaters in the family usually pick up a chocolate cacao ball, they don’t love it, then they try the raw goji-, cranberry and coconut truffles and they come back for more!
Here’s the super simple recipe. I hope you and your family enjoy them!
Raw Goji-, Cranberry and Coconut Truffles
1 1/2 Cup , plus more, about a 1/2 Cup for rolling Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/3 Cup Dried Goji Berries
3/4 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Nectar
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted/in liquid state
2 tsp Non-alcohol Vanilla Extract or 1/4 tsp Vanilla Bean Seeds
Pinch of Sea Salt ( I use a fine Himalayan sea salt)
1.In a food processor, add almond flour and coconut flakes and process until finely ground. For at least a minute.
2. Add the dried cranberries and goji berries and pulse a few times to combine and until you reach a texture of your liking.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt until sea salt is dissolved then add to the mixture in the food processor into the bowl and mix well using your hands. After all the ingredients are incorporated, I like to refrigerate the mixture just so it’s more firm and easy to work with. This way, they’ll be more round and not flat-bottomed.
4. In the meantime, line a 1 quarter sheet pan or tupperware with parchment paper (and wash dishes?). After about 7-10 minutes, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and scoop the truffles, about 8-10 of them. I use a .8 of an oz. ice cream scooper. I have also just used a spoon to scoop them. Once you scoop a ball, round it out with your hands then roll it into coconut flakes and place onto the lined sheet tray or plate. Refrigerate immediately until hardened.
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