Friday, February 14, 2014

Truffles of love - chocolate cherry truffles

Chocolate cherry truffles

No matter if you celebrate Valentine's Day or not, it's always a perfect day to treat yourself or someone else to these little truffles of love.  These little homemade morsels are slightly tart and sweetly delicious as well as having more nutritional value than those that come in heart shaped boxes. If you make a batch to share, that's the best gift of all.

Chocolate cherry truffles

1 cup raw nuts (walnuts, almonds or pecans - I used a mix of pecans and walnuts)
1 cup pitted medjool dates
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup cocoa powder + extra for coating
1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
agave nectar (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture starts to clump together.  If the mixture isn't sticky enough to hold together, add a few more pitted dates or a little agave nectar and pulse a few more times.  Roll the mixture into large marble sized balls.  Roll in additional cocoa powder to coat which will keep from sticking together.  Store in the refrigerator to keep firm or they can be frozen for long term storage.

May every day be a celebration of love.

Thanks for reading!

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