I can’t believe that a) I haven’t made a post since July 10, and that b) I have not shared with you the most delicious gluten free, vegan, chocolate recipe! My lovely friend shared this recipe with me after she brought them to a dinner party that I hosted. You would never believe that this delicious treat was full of healthy ingredients, or that it was free of dairy. I made them for my cousin’s wedding shower a few months later, not telling anyone that the secret ingredient was dates. I thought that the cupcakes would be a hit, but the truffles flew off the dessert tray quickly and left everyone wanting more.
I love this recipe for many reasons. First off, it is super easy, with no baking required. Secondly, it is perfect for any special diet, including vegan diets, gluten free diets and diabetics, as the dates not only form the balls, but also are used instead of sugar, making them low in the glycemic index and naturally fat free. I also love this recipe because of the health factor. Dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup and shredded coconut are a great combination of ingredients that are all naturally gluten free (and vegan), and offer fibre, healthy fats, amino acids and trace minerals. Did I mention how delicious and “melt-in-your-mouth” these treats are? You won’t believe me until you try them for yourselves.
Dark Chocolate Truffles (GF, V)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
6 medjool dates
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
Shredded coconut (to dip truffles in)
Combine melted coconut oil and dates – soak for 30 minutes.
Transfer oil and dates to blender and add maple syrup, cocoa powder and salt.
Chill mixture for an hour.
Roll mixture into balls (truffles). *Rubbing a bit of coconut oil into your hands before rolling the mixture into balls creates a smooth roll and less of a mess on your hands.
Once rolled into a ball, roll in shredded coconut.
Chill in fridge before serving.