These are one of my favorite go-to easy treats to make at home or to take to a function/party/whatever. SO easy and a crowd pleaser!
If you’re anything like me, when I see a recipe on a blog, the last thing I want to do is read the commentary shit, so I scroll straight to the bottom.
I’ll save you the scrolling.
All you need right here: dates, nut butter of choice, chocolate, and sea salt. I know, that’s four ingredients, but salt doesn’t count, right?
1. Soak your dates. Yes, I realize this looks super gross, but it turns them into super caramel goodness. Grab a bowl, fill with warm water, and throw the bag of dates in for about 15 minutes. Then, drain them and put them into a good food processor.
2. Blend, blend, blend. Pulverize the dates until they turn into a caramel consistency. You may have to scrape the sides of your food processor a couple times during this process. Be patient; it might take a few minutes of processing.
3. Once you have your date caramel, throw in a decent-sized tablespoon of your favorite nut butter. Peanut butter will add a slight peanut taste. Sunbutter is your best bet for a neutral flavor. I usually add almond butter.
4. Blend in the nut butter until combined. Then, get out a baking sheet and a non-stick baking mat (such as a Silpat) and drop the caramel. You can make your truffles whatever size you want! Warning: they are rich, so I’d suggest staying with a somewhat small scoop.
5. Place the date caramels into the freezer for about 15 minutes so they get solid. This makes rolling them easy and they won’t stick to your hands. Roll the truffles into balls. This is important for aesthetics and also so they are easy to coat with chocolate.
6. Once the dates are prepared, it’s time to melt the chocolate. I break off a few squares of my baking chocolate and melt it slowly in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring along the way. Once it’s melted, use a utensil to dip the date balls, coating evenly in chocolate. Place back onto your baking sheet and while the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top.
Easy, healthy and macro-friendly. Enjoy!