It's now a trend anywhere you go from restaurants to parties or bridal showers, you see a lot of chic, mini-dessert that are very decadent and attractive to an eye. Talking about mini-desserts, I am a big sucker for chocolate truffles, one that is not too sweet & melt-in-your-mouth type. Eagle Brand's Condensed Milk has one of the easiest recipe that never fails, but that's not the main point here. Because guess what- after few tweaks & twists I have put a healthy-ish spin on chocolate truffles, good enough to call them 'guilt-free'..umm did I say there is no butter or cream? yes, yes, yes.
Makes 7-9 balls + enough to lick your hands
- 1/2 cup pitted dates (if dry, soak them in water)
- 2 oz craisins
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice ( i used walnuts)
- 1-2 tablespoon of milk or water (add if the dough has dry consistency)
Using a food processor, blend all ingredients except the nuts until you get it into a smooth, dough like consistency. Fold in the chopped walnuts then roll them into dough balls and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until stiff. Roll them into cocoa powder or coconut flakes or eat them by itself- either way its divine.
but let me tell you this, it is not your typical melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles, however, it is a great treat that will satisfy your sweet cravings. It has pretty smooth texture. The combination of dates, cranberries & chocolate work really well together to create a unique chocolate-fruitish flavor. Covering them with coconut or cocoa powder adds another depth of flavor which I enjoyed. I had some of my picky eaters try it and they liked it- so that says something right?
This was a post originally for Recipe Redux for June but I posted it late.oh well still enjoy and dont forget to check out other awesome dessert bites below.