Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hazelnut Goji Berry Truffles

     Ok, ok...so let me tell you the back story on these.  First of all, these totally DO NOT look like the picture from Pinterest or the website that I got the recipe from.  According to the recipe, you are suppose to grind up the dried Goji Berries to a very fine crumble in the food processor.  I totally would have done that if my daughter wasn't deathly afraid of the crazy loud appliance!  I turned it on and WHOA!  Instant tears of terror!  So, instead I tried to just mince them up the old school way with the knife.  As you can see, the berries didn't quite chop as finely as it called for in the recipe.  So I just got creative and put some on the top of the hazelnut chocolate truffles.  They might not look the same in the pictures, but they sure tasted good!

Here's how to make them:

1 cup of hazelnuts
12 Medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp of coconut oil
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
a small pinch of salt
1/4-1/3 cup of dried goji berries

How to make them:

Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Toast the hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 20 minutes.
Allow them to cool slightly, then carefully remove the skins. (Rolling them in between your hands helps.)
Then place the peeled toasted hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse until they are a fine consistency.
While the food processor is running, add the dates one at a time.
Next add the coconut oil, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt; pulse until everything is combined. (Mixture should be slightly stick, but holding together.)
Place the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes to 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the Goji Berry crumble by placing the Goji Berries in a food processor and pulse until they are a fine consistency.
Place the crumble on a small, flat plate.
Form the truffles between your hand by rolling them between your palms. (They should be about the diameter of a quarter)
Then roll the truffle into the Goji Berry crumble.
Refrigerate again for at least an hour before serving, then ENJOY!

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