Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What Goes Around...

One of the things I love about the food blog community is that you can always tell a good idea by how many blogs you find it on. For instance, have you noticed the Green Smoothie movement going around? There's a reason you'll find Green Smoothies on so many blogs: it's because they're amazing! Lately I've been noticing a new recipe making the rounds. Call them Fudge Babies, call them Raw Date Truffles, call them whatever you want, but like the green smoothies, there's a reason you'll find them everywhere. They're healthy, delicious, and super easy to make. And no one has made more versions than Chocolate Covered Katie! After reading about her Fudge Babies for weeks, I knew I had to try them myself. They're little truffles made of nuts and dried fruit (and a few other combinations), and they're a great idea for a party appetizer or a homemade gift. They also have the added value of being a dessert that's much healthier than most, but still tastes sinful.

Fruit and Nut Truffles

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  1. These are super easy to make. Set out little bowls with individual toppings in them, like coconut flakes and unsweetened cocoa.
  2. In a food processor, blend the ingredients until they're malleable. You should be able to mold them into little balls and roll them in your palms until they're an evenly round shape.
  3. Dip them in your topping and roll around until evenly coated. They keep well in the fridge.

These were some of my favorite combinations:

Banana Walnut Truffles
1/2 cup raw walnuts
2 dried banana slices (chop up first)
5 dates

Peanut Butter Apricot Truffles (I liked the ones with apricots best)
1/2 cup roasted and salted peanuts
3 dried apricots
5 dates

Dark Chocolate Truffles
1/2 cup raw almonds
8 dates
1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa

Have you tried these truffles yet? What combinations have you come up with? If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Try them out and see why everyone's talking (blogging) about them!

And did I mention that Chocolate Covered Katie's giving away Artisana Nut Butters so everyone can make some fun raw treats of their own? Stop by and enter her giveaway!

This post is linked to What Can I Eat That's Gluten Free. The theme this week is party food, so stop by to find some healthy ideas for your next holiday party! It's also linked to Holiday Food Fest at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. The theme is cocktails, mocktails, and appetizers. Amy made a version of these raw date truffles a few weeks back, and they looked divine! She's also giving away some great prizes for two lucky winners!


Chocolate Covered Katie said...

Oh my gosh, your photos are GORGEOUS! Definitely worthy of 7 entries!! I'm so honored that you made such beautiful fudge babies (much prettier than mine!).

Marlow said...

Yeah...I'm gonna have to try those now!!


those dark chocolate truffles sound like they'd make a great gift!

Gina said...

I actually have done these before! I did dates and hazelnuts. Then, I did dates, hazelnuts and coconut. Yum!

Lauren said...

So cute! I love the flavours and everything with these =D. Such fun!

GF Gidget said...

Love it!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I love truffles! Thanks so much for sharing your healthy variations. I'm definitely going for the dark chocolate recipe. :-)

Thanks, Iris!

Jenn said...

Love the truffles - they all look so delicious!!

Gena said...

I'm also happy that everyone has discovered the joy of Katie's fudge babies!!

Linda said...

My mom has made something similar for years, but with sugar I think. I'm definitely going to try them. I love fruit and nuts and I like that you can try different combinations. Thanks for linking to "What can I eat that's gluten free?"

theemptynutjar said...

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Linda said...

I tried them today and really like them. My were a little too dry to hold together so I used fresh banana or a little agave. I also used almond butter in one batch. We like ones with chocolate added. Thanks for the recipe!


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