If you love the combination of sour cherries and bittersweet dark chocolate, try these simple, guilt free Chocolate Cherry balls.
Ingredients (Approx. 24 small truffles)
- 1 cup of cashews
- ½ cup of hazelnuts
- ¾ cup of soft dates, pitted and finely chopped
- ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. of unsweetened cacao
- ¼ cup of dried cherries
- 2 tbsp. of extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp. of sea salt (to balance the flavour)
- ¼ cup of cacao nibs, finely chopped (for the crunchy shell)
- Combine cashews and hazelnuts in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add dates, cacao, cherries, water, extra-virgin coconut oil and salt – mix well.
- Roll the dough into small truffles and garnish with finely chopped cacao nibs.
- Refrigerate truffles for 25 minutes to firm up.
- Truffles will stay fresh for at least 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge.
- If you don’t want to use cacao, replace it with ¼ cup of dried coconut or ground hazelnuts.
Shani Shaker BA (hons), dipION, mBANT, CNHC, is a registered nutritional therapist with a focus on regenerative and functional nutrition, disordered eating, addiction and mental health. Based in London her services include one-to-one coaching, group classes and Skype sessions. Contact her at [email protected]
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