Paleo for the choc-o-holics

K, so, I am sorta a choc-o-holic. Dark chocolate that is. So, when I did the paleo challenge I was REALLY missing chocolate. One of these little date balls after dinner 3x/week really saved me. For some with a sweet tooth that fruit just doesn’t fill….try these. They are really filling…..so one really does feel like an indulgence. Enjoy. Find unsweetened coconut flakes and dates at Global Foods.

Pecan Fudge Truffles

makes: 12 bite sized balls

cooking time: 30 minutes of preparation. I like mine really frozen (a few hours), but they are also very tasty sooner.

ingredients:

½ c. pecans

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 – 8 small medjool dates or 4 jumbo/large, pitted and torn in half (2 -3 oz)

unsweetened shredded coconut (1/2 c at least)….they have this at Global Foods

unsweetened cocoa powder (1/4 c at least)

Toast shredded coconut in a naked skillet over medium heat. It’ll take a few minutes to get going, but once you start to see browning, stir often and keep an eye on it until you reach desired GB&D level (Golden Brown and Delicious). Meanwhile, set pecans on a sheet pan in a 350 degree oven ( I suggest toasting more than you need for inevitable future batches). Keep an eye on these as well since they love to burn and are already golden brown in color to start. Even mild burning leaves this dessert with that burned nut flavor, so err on the side of caution. Let the toasted coconut and pecans cool before beginning the assembly process. Place the cocoa and toasted coconut in separate regular- sized or shallow bowls.

Assembly: Pull out the food processor. Dump in the pecans, vanilla, and halved dates. Pulse to chop up the dates then let er whirl until the mixture begins to clump. This only takes a minute or so. Make sure nuts are ground into tiny bits, then remove the clumpy mixture from the processor onto a parchment paper- lined sheet pan. Create little teaspoon- sized balls with your hands (roll in your palm) then plop 4 or so into your bowl of cocoa powder. Here is the magic method: instead of gunking up your sticky hands, swirl the bowl so that the balls roll around and coat themselves. Then, remove the balls into the coconut bowl and repeat. You may need to press on the coconut with your hands as it may not stick too well. Remove from coconut bowl and place on sheet pan. Repeat process, leaving room between them on the sheet pan. I just put them in a tupperware and put them in the freezer.

 

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