Pick Me Up Truffles
3/4 cup dates
about 8 large, pitted and soaked
1/4 cup almond butter
or sunflower or peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp date soaking water
1 cup raw almonds
finely chopped, or 1 ½ cups sunflower seeds
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/4 cup raisins
or dried cranberries
shredded coconut or toasted sesame seeds
With their healthy fats and proteins, these high fiber, no refined sugar treats will help with afternoon energy slumps.
Place pitted dates in a bowl and cover with warm water. Soak until soft, about 15 minutes.
Remove dates, reserving the soaking liquid, and chop them up until a soft paste forms.
Place date mixture in a bowl and stir in nut butter, vanilla, salt, and 2 to 3 teaspoons of the reserved soaking liquid. Mix until well combined.
While dates are soaking chop nuts until they are about the size of a grain of rice. Place them in another bowl.
Add ground flax and stir to combine. Add date mixture to the chopped nuts and mix well. Fold in raisins.
Make balls by rolling about 1 teaspoon of the mixture with your hands. They are ready to eat right away or if you like them firmer, place balls on a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
Roll in shredded coconut or toasted sesame seeds if desired.