Drunken Christmas Truffles

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They are decadent, rich and very festive. They are also very small, which makes them really dangerous as the guilt strikes after you’ve already managed to eat 10 and any remains of self-control are far-gone.

Luckily, they are easy to prepare, so you can quickly make a new batch before somebody notices the effects of your greed.

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Ingredients (makes 18-20):

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 12 dates (soaked in water for 2 hours and well drained)
  • 25ml Cointreau or other favourite liquor
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp oat flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • a pinch of salt

For the coating:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • optional: sea salt, chopped pecans, chopped dried cranberries

Method:

  1. Place the dates in a blender/food processor, add 3 tbsp of water, Cointreau and almond butter and blend until smooth.
  2. In a saucepan place 100g of chocolate and 1 tbsp of coconut oil and heat it up making sure you keep stirring and don’t burn the chocolate. When melted take of the heat.
  3. Mix the melted chocolate with the date paste and stir vigorously. Add cocoa powder, all the spices, pinch of salt and oat flour and mix until smooth.
  4. Place the mixture in a bowl and and put in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and take the bowl out of the fridge. Using a spoon, scoop out little truffles and roll them with your hands to give them a round shape, then place them on the tray and put back in the freezer for 30 min.
  6. Melt the chocolate with coconut oil and take the truffles out of the fridge. Using a fork, dunk them in the chocolate and put back on the tray. If you want, you can sprinkle some sea salt, nuts or dried berries on top. Put the tray aside and let the truffles set. It can take up to 3 hours. Consume within 3 days or if you can resist them, store in the fridge and take out for 15 minutes before serving. You can also freeze them if you want to store them for longer.

Enjoy!

Julia X

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