“Great Balls of Fire” 🔥 (Vegan, Paleo) – No Added Sugar
We all need an energy boost ♨️ Especially during the festive season. 🎄 ☃️ During the holidays, you will find me rolling and coating my favorite truffles for a healthy burst of energy! Great holiday gifts! 🎁
RECIPE INGREDIENTS 2 cups pistachios I cup pitted dates (Medjool dates) A pinch of pink or sea salt 4 Organic Limes, zest and juice of each lime. DIRECTIONS 1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the pistachios, salt and the dates in food processor until it becomes a ball. About 3 minutes. 2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pistachios for the coating. 3. While this is mixing, zest the limes and then juice them. 4. Chop or grind the remaining 1/2 cup pistachios into tiny bits to be used for coating. 5. Break up the pistachio-date ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined. 6. Shape pistachio/date mixture into 18 bite size balls and then roll in chopped pistachio. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month; ready for your guests and visitors. Store longer in your freezer.
Dip 1/2 of the pistachio treat in sugar free ganache. (vegan dark chocolate)
Substitute with different nuts and tangerines (instead of limes).
Add a cherry, dried apricot, dried cranberries or anything you like inside your truffle.
You can add anything you like to your Holiday Truffles. Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, figs or chili powder. Apricots will brighten up your festive season! Add your favorite blends. Mix and match!
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my hairdresser. She was concerned about the sugar that her adult sons were eating and asked me if I had any ideas I could recommend to satisfy their sweet tooth. The answer was TRUFFLES, made with dates and nuts. Truffles are healthy, fast and easy to make for a burst of energy!
TASTY TRUFFLES My neighbour loves chocolate and loves sweets but she gets headaches for days afterwards. I started thinking about this and kept my mind and my eyes open for a solution. I did some testing with organic dates and almonds and came up with these treats with great success!..
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRUFFLES RECIPE Ingredients 1 cup soft pitted dates 1 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp natural raspberry flavour* 1 tsp natural vanilla extract pinch salt (optional)
Directions Add dates and almonds to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they come together into a ball. Break up ball and add cocoa powder, natural raspberry flavour vanilla extract and salt. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again. Roll into 20 small balls and dust with cocoa powder. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They will store longer in the freezer. My neighbour tried them and did she get a headache? You guessed it! NO! Added pizazz – Sprinkled edible gold leaf on your truffles. Or – add organic lime zest on top of the truffles -right before serving for that extra tang. *Note: Natural raspberry flavour is made by companies such as Boyajian and is available through http://www.goldaskitchen.com and other sources.
CHOCOLATE MATCHA TRUFFLES
RECIPE Ingredients 1 cup soft pitted date 1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1T organic matcha green tea powder 1 T unsweetened almond milk 1 tsp vanilla extract pinch salt (optional)
Directions Add dates and almonds to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they come together into a ball. Break up ball and add cocoa powder, matcha powder, almond milk, vanilla extract and pinch salt. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again. Roll into 20 small balls and dust with more matcha powder. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or longer in freezer.
FOOD FACTS: You do not become hypoglycemic with these treats. They do not elevate your blood sugar. Remember with sugary treats, you are full of energy or have the sugar rush. Inevitably, after the peak then comes the crash. These truffle treats have very healthy ingredients; full of nutrition and will also give you a boost if you are working in the office or you are at the gym. You can keep on going like the “Ever Ready Bunny” .
LIME PISTACHIO TRUFFLES RECIPE Ingredients 2 cups pistachios I cup pitted dates 4 organic limes, zest and juice of each.
Directions Mix only 1 1/2 cups of the pistachios and all the dates in food processor until it comes to a ball. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pistachios for the coating. Process the pistachios and dates until it comes together in a ball (about 3 minutes). While this is mixing, zest the limes and then juice them. Chop the remaining 1/2 cup pistachios into tiny bits to be used for coating. Break up the pistachio-date ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined. Toss pistachio-date mixture into 18 balls and then roll in chopped pistachios. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month or longer in freezer. FOOD TIP : You can change the consistency of these sweet treats by adding more lime juice or almond milk as needed. Also if you are using the zest of any citrus fruit, you must buy organic to avoid the pesticides. If you are just eating or juicing the lime, you don’t need to pay extra for the organic.