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Chocolate Nut Truffles

by Cheryl Forberg, RD on October 3, 2011

This recipe whips together in a snap if you have a chocolaty sweet tooth but only a couple of minutes to spare. It only yields a handful of truffles — because these are so addictive it’s hard to eat just one — but you can easily scale up for a larger batch.

Makes 4 truffles
Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder + additional for rolling (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water (optional)

Instructions
Combine the dates, walnuts, and 1 tablespoon cocoa in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the vanilla and pulse a few more times until the mixture just pulls together. If the dates are very dry, add the water.

Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and shape into 4 “truffles” with a 2-tablespoon scoop. Roll in extra cocoa powder, if desired. Try to eat just one!

Per truffle: 110 calories, 5 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 18 g total carbohydrates (14 g sugars), 2 g fiber, 3 g protein