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Cashew Truffles

Do you ever have a severe snack craving?  I am sure you do.  Maybe salty, maybe sweet, but you don’t want to waste your energy eating something processed or store bought and unsatisfying?   Well thats what I love so much about making these little energizing treats.  First of all, despite the title “cashew” truffles, the truth is you can make these with any nut you have on hand.  I chose cashews because I prefer their smooth sweet taste, but I’ve made these with other raw nuts and they are just as tasty!  Not to mention, you can eat a bunch and instead of guilt, feel like you are snacking with a purpose (assuming you don’t eat them all in 5 minutes).  And, its fun to experiment. So, let’s get to it….
What you will need:

  • 1/3 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 c raw cashews (also tossed in a tablespoon of mixed raw nuts because I wanted to use them up)
  • 6-7 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla protein powder (I used SpiruTein)
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder (raw unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp water  (more if too dry)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt (regular sea salt will do)
  • hemp seeds )option for sprinkling on top)


Combine coconut, cashews (and/or any other nuts you have), and dates in food processor or Vitamix and blend until it becomes a fine mix, a few nutty chunks are ok.  Add in protein and cacao powder and blend again. Add the water one tbsp at a time using your judgement to decide if it’s too moist or dry. Adjust as necessary.  Add the vanilla extract and sea salt.  Layer the bottom of a small bowl with shredded coconut. Make small quarter sized balls and roll into shredded coconut and set on a plate or tray. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If you are in a hurry like I was, freeze for about 20 minutes then stuff your face and enjoy 🙂



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Raw Date Energy Balls (no-bake)

You might be thinking….”Um, dates? Eeeewww gross!”  Well, I assure you that’s not the case.  If you like sweets and are not allergic to nuts, then you must try these.  You can omit and/or substitute most of these ingredients.  You can also stick to using one kind of nut instead of mixed like I did.  The choices are endless. Ok well maybe not endless…but you get the idea 🙂

Side note: Dates are packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential to our overall health. Dates are high in fiber which promotes digestion; they have a high iron content; are rich in potassium; are known to help lower cholesterol; are high in magnesium which is an anti-inflammatory and is known to reduce blood  pressure; are a natural source for energy; and the list goes on.  To read more about the nutritional benefits of dates click here.

Recipe adapted from: Wayfaring Teacher and slightly modified.


What you will need:

  • 1 c mixed nuts (I used raw walnuts, raw almonds, pistachios, and raw cashews)
  • 1/2 c dates, soaked in filtered water for 5 minutes
  • 1/2 c cacao powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp honey, maple, or other natural sweetener
  • 1/2 c raw almonds
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c shredded unsweetened coconut (place in a bowl to the side, might need more depending on preference)

1. Place the mixed nuts into a food processor or Vitamix (careful with the Vitamix since it doesn’t handle dates that well) and pulse until fine meal is made.
2. Drain the water from the dates and add dates to the nut mix in the blender. Pulse until nuts and dates are well combined.
3. Add the cocoa/cacao powder, syrup, salt, and vanilla.
4. After a thick paste is formed, add the almonds and pulse until  lightly crushed.
5. Place dough mix in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
6. After 10 min, remove the dough from the freezer and roll into tablespoon-sized balls. Then roll the balls in coconut and place on a plate.  Place balls in the freezer to harden.   Store the in an air tight container.  Or scarf the entire plate down and get a date-induced belly ache 🙂