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These delicious truffles take just minutes to make and really give you a blast of chocolate flavour. Oh and they’re gluten and dairy-free!
1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup soft, pitted dates
1/2 cup pure cocoa
a pinch of salt
Pour the hazelnuts into a food processor and whiz until fine.
Add the pinch of salt and process for a few seconds.
Add the dates and cocoa and process until everything is well incorporated.
Pour the contents of the food processor into a bowl.
Scoop out tablespoons of the mixture and form into balls.
Roll the truffles in cocoa powder to coat.
Chill for about 30 minutes.
So easy and so chocolatey!
Next time you go grocery shopping purchase any of the following that your kids like:
- dried fruits such as apricots, raisins, apples, pears, dates, prunes, cranberries (read the labels, you’ll notice that packaged fruits have ingredients other than just the fruit, such as oil, added sugar and sulfites- some health food stores have dried fruits sweetened with juice – the less ingredients the better!)
- banana chips
- raw nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts
- raw seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts
- dried unsweetened coconut
- cocoa nibs (available in health food stores – some kids may find them a bit bitter because they’re used to very sweet chocolate but these combine well with nuts, seeds and dried fruit)
- bittersweet chocolate chips
- plain or spiced, dried chick peas, beans or peas
- popcorn (I make plain popcorn on the stove with coconut oil, kids love it!)
- kale chips (see my recipe here)
Keep these in your pantry or fridge in air tight containers.
When you need a snack, just pull out the containers and the kids can choose what they like and store them in a ziplock bag.
This gives kids the opportunity to feel like they were involved in the process, while ensuring that they get a healthy snack.
It’s a win, win situation!