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Published November 26th 2012
Give yourself the gift of good food
Christmas is the season to overindulge, just so that we can make a New Year's resolution to lose 5 kilos! Save yourself some extra kilojoules this festive season and swap some of the traditional Christmas sweets for a healthier, but still yummy, alternative.
These super easy truffles make a great Christmas gift and can be used year round as a lunchbox treat or a quick energy snack. And be sure to get the kids involved, as this is a hands on recipe.
Step 3 Combine the sultanas and vanilla essence in a mini food chopper or processor. Blend until you have a sticky, macerated consistency. If you are using a mini chopper you may need to blend the sultanas in batches. If your sultanas are a bit dry, you can add a tiny amount of water to blend.
Roll the truffles into small balls. You can be quite firm with the mixture to ensure it stays together. If your mixture is too crumbly, add some more sultanas. Too wet, add some more ground nuts. You will get approximately 24 truffles from this mixture.
Put the cocoa powder into a small bowl. Roll the truffle balls into the cocoa powder. This helps to set the truffles and keeps them from being too sticky.
You can substitute the sultanas for other dried fruit. I have had success with adding dried cranberries and apricots to the mix. I did not have as much success with dates but I may have had a slightly dry batch.
You can also use different nuts or seeds. Or if you need a nut-free version, try using puffed rice cereal. This is also helpful when making a gluten-free version and omitting the oats.
Hey, these really are different. I was first thinking 'yeah, yeah, healthy truffles, it probably just uses dark chocolate,' but you actually came up with something really interesting. I've put it on my to do list.
Thank you so much for this recipe ,simple ,good , uncomplicated ingredients, easy to make ,and decadently delicious (don't tell ém it's healthy!) I will also try variations of cranberry and hazel nuts,sultanas and wall nuts, raisins and peanuts,dusting with sesame seeds,almond meal,toasted coconut,mixed crushed nuts and seeds.....this will not stop at Christmas treats !