These Peppermint Chocolate Truffles are a great party appetizer. Because they are covered in candy canes most people won’t realize that underneath that these babies are healthy goodness. If you really want to make them pure healthy goodness and completely raw just omit the candy cane and add peppermint flavoring instead.
My little ones think these are the best Christmas treat around. I guess I tend to agree since I grab a couple every time I walk past the plate.
You can really change up the nuts you use by your own taste preference or what you might have one hand. This is a make by taste recipe so you just throw in the amount that looks good to you and taste as you go. I used cashews because they have the most subtle taste and make for a creamy texture. For the chocolate flavor you could add bakers chocolate, regular dairy free chocolate chips or regular cocoa powder instead of the cacao powder that I am suggesting.
For those who may not know, cacao powder is a super food and is the raw and unprocessed powder straight from the cacao bean where all chocolate comes from. It is loaded with antioxidants and is super duper good for you!
Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
Makes: as many as you want
Nut of your choice (I used cashews)
Dates (if pretty dry soak for an hour or more and drain off the water or save the water for a smoothie later)
Cacao powder (or chocolate form of your choice-see above)
Sweetener of your choice as needed (it is pretty sweet without it and you can use the soak water to add moisture if needed)
Candy canes, crushed (or peppermint flavoring)
Use a half nuts and half dates ratio (approx). Place the dates, nuts, cacao powder and agave necatar (if using) into a high powered blender or food processor (I use a Vita-Mix) and blend until very smooth. Taste as you go to adjust the flavor.
Place candy canes on a paper towel and cover with another paper towel and hit with a hammer to crush. Remove the plastic and pour onto a large plate.
Roll the nut/date mixture into small bite size balls and then roll in the crushed candy canes and continue until you have gone through it all. They will be sticky so it is best to place them on a cookie sheet and let sit out for an hour or so so they dry out a bit or you can just eat them right away. ENJOY!