Don’t tell anyone that these Chocolate Brownie Bites are really Vegan Date Nut Truffles before they have actually tried them.
By Brady Evans
It is pretty unfortunate how labels can change your opinion of things. Blame it on gut reactions, snap judgements.
For instance, if you make this snack, put it up in your break room at work, with a cute little post-it note that says “Chocolate Brownie Batter Balls” I assure you they’ll be snatched up before the 2nd pot of coffee is made.
If, however, you choose to label them as “Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan date-nut truffles” they’ll be largely ignored.
How can something so “free” of everything we love (carbs! sugar! fat!), be worth the calories?
In truth, these unassuming “healthy” treats were better than any refined and processed sweet I received on the oodles of Christmas goodies trays delivered to work. They are irresistible. Truly. And if the healthy label scares you, just call them Brownie Batter Bites.
Vegan Date Nut Truffles
200 grams dates
200 grams walnuts
cocoa powder, for rolling
1. Place dates in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes to soften. In a food processor, pulse walnuts until ground to a coarse consistency. Drain dates but do not pat dry.
2. Add to food processor with nuts and pulse to combine. Process until the mixture is a doughy consistency. With clean hands, roll into small balls and then roll in cocoa powder.
3. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes then enjoy! Store leftover balls in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Brady Evans is a cook who specializes in stretching cooking boundaries towards a more healthy lifestyle. She loves making recipes with unexpected ingredients and share her passion for cooking through her very successful and mostly-vegetarian blog, Branny Boils Over.