It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Imagelicious household. I put up my tree and decorated the house on December 1st. One of my cats loves sitting under the tree and keeps pretending to be a gift.
With all the decorations twinkling and holiday songs playing, I crave the flavours of ginger and nutmeg and clove and cinnamon. I make Gingerbread cheesecake almost every year. I indulge in Gingerbread waffles. I eat one or two or ten (who is counting?) Gingerbread cookies each December.
With all the indulgences of the season, sometimes it's easy to forget about healthy and nutritious food. Instead opting in to have all the delicious treats that go hand in hand with December. I always try to find some sort of a balance. If I have rich, cheesy, creamy, chocolaty (circle correct option) food one day, then I try to have something lighter, yet still delicious and satisfying the next day.
These little Gingerbread Truffles are a perfect treat during this Holiday season: they are made with healthy dates, prunes, and pecans, sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and mixed with cocoa powder. Biting into one of these morsels feels like you are indulging in a pure Gingerbread chocolaty goodness. It's sweet, it's piquant from all the spices, it has a pronounced chocolate flavour. These truffles consist of wholesome and natural ingredients, and they are also vegan (added bonus), so why not have a couple?
25-26 depending on size
Medjool dates, pitted, roughly chopped - 1/2 cup (about 5)
Prunes, pitted, roughly chopped - 1/2 cup (about 6)
Pecan halves - 1/2 cup
Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
Ginger - 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves - 1/8 teaspoon
Nutmeg - 1/4 teaspoon
Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup + more for rolling truffles (optional)
Maple syrup - 1 tablespoon or a bit more if needed
- Add the dates, prunes, pecans, and spices to the food processor. Pulse it for about a minute or until the mixture is smooth.
- Add cocoa powder and pulse until it's incorporated.
- Add maple syrup to bring to make the mixture pliable. You may need to add a touch more than 1 tablespoon if the mixture is too dry.
- Take about one tablespoon of mixture at a time and roll into balls.
- If using, roll in extra cocoa powder.
- I always use gloves when rolling these truffles as otherwise it gets super messy.