What else are you supposed to do on a Monday evening when you have a craving for chocolate? I kept seeing similar ones pop up on the food blogs I follow and in local raw cafes (Karen and I recently went to this one which was especially good!), so I decided to give it a try. I was really impressed with the results! These are seriously so easy, they took just a few minutes in the food processor, and taste so good while still being good for you. Also, just in time for Valentine's Day, if you don't have anything else up your sleeve. Other years I have made peanut butter cups (also great with almond butter) and decoupaged jars of infused sugar, if you need more ideas for sweet treats.
Adapted just slightly from Sprouted Kitchen's Almond Date Truffles
Medjool dates (about 15)
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Pulse the almonds in a food processor until they are finely ground. Add the dates and blend until the two form a paste. Add the rest of ingredients and pulse until blended. Roll a heaping teaspoon into a ball and roll in extra cocoa powder, coconut, sprinkles or chopped nuts. You can also play around with the flavours, adding extra vanilla, mint extract or coffee. If you'd like them sweeter, you can also add a bit of raw honey. They keep best if they are refrigerated. Enjoy!