What do we like to snack on around here? And no, it’s not store-bought chips and cookies! Well, honestly, the kids do sometimes get their hands on those and I’ve been known to sneak a bite too…Uh Oh! Don’t you just love that expression? It is my 1 year olds favorite thing to say and I find it so cute, I just can’t resist throwing it out there all the time too! But, seriously, that’s okay if my kids eat unhealthy snacks sometimes, we try and follow a 90/10 rule around here and it definitely works for us. I have so many other things to worry about than…gulp…watching my kids devour a hydrogenated-oil filled Girl Scout cookie. Coming up with a healthy alternative to a Samoa is on my list btw! Oh yeah! I am always making super nutritious snacks around here and offering them to my kids. My kids have developed a preferred liking to what I make. That makes me extremely proud when I see my kids choose the fruits, veggies and healthy snacks over the ‘bad’ stuff.
I adapted these truffles from the Date Nut Pop’ems recipe in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Disease-Proof Your Child. There are so many variations to making these, but since I am quinoa crazy lately, I thought why not try it out in these. The creamy, crunchy texture of the quinoa makes an irresistible combination with the chocolaty nuttiness of these truffles.
Another nutrient-rich and delish snack your whole family will love. Have the kids help make these too! Oh what fun!
Quinoa Date Nut Truffles
Makes: About 20 Truffles
Time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment: Food Processor
1/3 cup chopped dates (pitted)
¼ cup raw pecans
1 tbsp raw cashew butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp date syrup
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp clementine juice
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup cooked and chilled quinoa (cooked dry and on the crunchy side)
Unsweetened shredded coconut or ground nuts of your choice for coating the truffles
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined.
Remove from processor and place in a bowl. Place coatings of your choice on a plate. Remove about a tablespoon of mixture at a time and make into bite-sized balls. Roll each ball in coating and place on parchment-lined baking tray. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Store these in a refrigerator for a week, but they probably won’t last that long!
Happy healthy eating! ENJOY!