A lovely happiness-inducing vegan snack with just 4 natural ingredients.
By Liz Barclay
This simple vegan truffle recipe consists of 4 of nature’s simplest, tasty ingredients: dates, walnuts, almonds, and coconut. Dates are a rich source of fiber, iron, potassium, and other nutrients- and they also serve as a versatile ingredient in cooking & baking. Feel free to substitute the walnuts in this recipe for other nuts such as macadamia nuts, pistachios, etc.
The final result? A tasty, energy-rich snack that provides you with nature’s best vitamin: happiness.
1 Cup of Dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 Cup of Walnuts
1/2 Cup of Almonds
1/2 Cup of Organic Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Take 1 Cup of pitted dates, and chop into small pieces. Set aside in a bowl and mash well (or use a food processor).
After step 1, ground up 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup almonds in a food processor. Pulse well until the nuts are ground up into small pieces.
Mix in nuts with the date mixture with your hands. After the ingredients are well-mixed, roll the date-nut mixture into small golf-size balls.
Spread the coconut onto a plate or tray, and roll date-nut balls in the coconut until well-coated.
Store in a cool area and enjoy!
**Another version of this dish, called “Fuzzy Kisses” from Arden’s Garden, was introduced to me by Angela Beaver: a holistic health coach & nutrition specialist.
Liz Barclay currently lives in Brooklyn, NY working as a photographer and photojournalist for Village Voice and is a contributing photographer to a variety of publications including NY Times, Bon Appetit, and others. She is an active explorer of the culinary arts, food culture, blogging, gathering, and food styling. Liz has a professional and personal blog www.lizbarclay.tumblr.com, that she uses to document and share her culinary & photography adventures.