Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nutty Truffles

In honor of the short story I just (rough draft) finished, "Still Life With Peanut Butter", here is a favorite treat of mine. It comes from THE TEEN'S VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, which I got for a teen friend and liked so well I got a copy for myself.

Becca's Chocolate Nutty Truffles
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 cup favorite nut butter: almond, cashew, or peanut
  • 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a skillet containing no oil or liquid, combine the almonds and cashews. Heat over a low flame, stirring frequently, just until you start smelling a toasty, warm aroma. (Keep watching and don't let them burn.) You can also toast them for 2 minutes in a toaster oven set on a low setting.
  2. In a bowl, mix together nut butter, maple syrup, and chocolate chips. Add nuts and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon.
  4. Make teaspoon-size balls of the nut butter mixture and roll in the sugar-cocoa mixture until evenly coated. Place on wax paper and eat, or harden in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Makes 25 to 30 truffles.
If you just insist on being fatal about it, make sure one of the nuts you use is something your enemy is deathly allergic to.

Marian Allen
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