Date and Walnut Chocolate Truffles (for Easter)

 
I’m not a big chocolate eater so I feel I miss out during this time of year. I love having a sweet treat to look forward to though, so when I discovered this recipe a couple of years back it instantly became a favourite. Although these are a slightly healthier alternative to a chocolate easter egg, they are every bit as yummy (well, at least to me anyway). 
 
These are made from just 3 ingredients and are super quick and simple. I originally got this idea from one of my favourite cookbooks – Stephanie Alexander’s A Cook’s Companion. You can use any nut or dried fruit really but I agree with Stephanie – in that the walnut/date combination is the best. 
 
 
Date and Walnut Chocolate Truffles
 
 
Ingredients:
Makes about 15 truffles.
 
1 cup Fresh Dates (Medjool)
1 cup Walnuts
2-3 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

You could also use: Any mixture of dried fruits, nuts or seeds, icing sugar or dried coconut (for rolling) or dip them in melted chocolate.

Method:

1. Remove pips from dates and roughly chop.
2. Combine with walnuts in food processor and process until nuts are finely chopped (see pics)
3. Empty contents into bowl. You made need to give it a quick mix. When I make this there are usually a lot more nut pieces at the bottom of the processor.
4. Using a teaspoon, form the mixture into balls and then roll them in the cocoa powder until completely covered.

Done.

These are best eaten straight away but keep fine in the refrigerator too. They can be a little sticky on a warm day so serve with napkins if doing so (or you can always dip them in melted chocolate too). The quantities for this don’t really have to be exact, I usually don’t measure it out and they always work fine. :)

 
 
Yum yum. 
 
Happy Easter Everyone :) Let me know how you go making these :)

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