Raw Christmas Pudding Truffles
Our Raw Christmas Pudding Truffles contain no refined sugar and are rich in fiber and nutrients, which makes them a healthier version of a dessert. This recipe makes about 22 delicious truffles, perfect to share with friends or family. If you find a pretty box for them, they could even make a nice homemade present!
These tasty little truffles can be made in any flavor you like, but one of our favorites, especially during winter, is to make them taste like individual Christmas puds. They go really well with a nice plant-based hot chocolate, a cup of hot mulled wine, or a nice herbal tea. And if you are gathering ideas for your Christmas party, make sure you check out our Basmati Rice with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, and Almonds to have as a fancy garnish for your Vegan Sausages.
1 ½ cups (or 190 g) of mixed nuts – chestnuts, pecans & Brazil nuts go well in this
1 tbsp goji berries (*optional)
Grated rind of half a lemon and half an orange
1 scant tsp of mixed spice
1 tbsp raw agave syrup
⅔ cup (or 95 g) mixed vine fruit or raisins
4–6 fresh pitted dates
- In a food processor, process the nuts, goji berries, grated rind, and spice, until the nuts are all broken down into small pieces.
- Add the agave syrup and vine fruit/raisins, and process again until the fruit is mostly broken down.
- Do a taste test, and add more agave if necessary, but remember that the dates will be adding sweetness too and Christmas pudding isn’t meant to be too sweet.
- Then, with the food processor running, drop in the dates one at a time, and let each one get processed into the mix. Keep adding them until the mix starts to stick together.
- Once it’s nice and sticky, remove from the food processor, then break off portions of the dough and roll them in your hands to form balls – they should be about the size of a chocolate truffle or a small walnut shell.
- Eat at once, or chill for a while to firm up. You can even pop them in the freezer and eat them straight from there.
- If you want to make these a little chewier, try forming the balls around a couple of raisins, or even pieces of candied peel or crystallized ginger.
*Goji berries are optional but give it a slightly richer flavor and a few chewy bits since they never seem to blend in properly.
You can make this without agave syrup if you like, but we find the dates and vine fruit don’t quite cut through the bitterness of the spices on their own, especially if your mixed spice contains mace, cloves, or a lot of nutmeg.
If you don’t have any mixed spice, you can easily make your own: use equal amounts of ground cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, and ginger.
Keywords: under 15 minutes, breakfast, snack, raw, gluten-free, refined sugar free, whole foods, dessert
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