Caucasian Curry

Caucasian Curry


i like to call these "POWER BALLS"
a great alternative to all the sweet sugary goodies we are going to be exposed to in the next month or so. not that all those sugary goodies will be a problem or anything, but you can throw some of these together to make yourself feel good.....besides...they are really tasty!

full of goodness with natural sugars from dates and figs,  these will definitely get you through one of those "I NEED SOMETHING SWEET RIGHT NOW" moments.  you know, when you grab for bad stuff that will hype you up then put you to sleep in the blink of an eye

these little gems are so easy to make and i must say friends and family were quite pleased.  not only are they delicious, but they are impressive looking...anything "truffle-like" always seems decadent. 

i have seen many of these recipes around, but the one that caught my eye was from ANJAS Food 4 Thought called Coconut Pistachio Truffles...NOTE...i'm having trouble inserting the link, but you should really check out her whole blog.  i have tried many of her recipes and they all are fabulous...and healthy too.  try her recipe for Flourless Almond Butter Honey Cake, so simple soooo good (i'm making another one today).  try  sorry my link thingy is not working.  i will insert the info later.

here are 2 recipes i put together
the basic instructions are the same

POWER BALLS...Healthy Truffles

1st recipe
makes about 15-20 depending on how you roll

4 Calimyrna (white) figs
4 Medjool dates 
1 tsp vanilla
1.3 c. almonds 2-3 Tbsp cocoa powder
3-4 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
1 tsp coconut oil
 woops...i almost forgot to mention...i DID put a little cayenne pepper with the cocoa powder that i rolled them in.  i love the extra kick in the pants.  the ones rolled in coconut were for the ones who can't take the heat.

2nd recipe
this made ALOT...i forgot to count...24-30 ?

12 Medjool dates
5 Calimyrna (white) figs
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. salted roasted almonds
1/2 c. blanched almonds

if your dates and figs are too dry soften them by pouring boiling water over them and let them soak for 10-15 mins...i would suggest doing this.  then drain them and pat dry before using.  combine all ingredients in a food processor.  pulse at first, then give it good whirl.  you want a fairly smooth texture to resemble a smooth chocolaty truffle.  NOTE...if you want a little almond crunch inside, just add more of your almonds last to the processor and pulse to your liking.  taste as you go...check your spices.
now...with your hands, form balls the size of a cherry or a walnut and roll in cocoa powder, coconut, finely chopped nuts or anything you like...all the sudden you have these cute little beautiful truffles.  keep in an airtight container at room temperature or refrigerate.  i liked mine chilled...they kept well for at  a least a week.

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