Date Walnut Truffles make fabulous homemade edible holiday gift. These kid-friendly, vegan & gluten-free truffles make great party treat too. Crunchy, chewy, chocolaty, rich and nutritious date walnut truffles can be made in just 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients.
Initially after my marriage, I use to prepare my grocery list, 2-3 days ahead of my monthly grocery shopping. My list always included the ingredients which are used on day to day cooking. But from the time I started blogging, I pick up so much food stuff that sometimes end up in the back shelf of my pantry completely untouched and unattended. Last month, I bought walnuts, thinking of making halwa and pesto. But I added them to Brownies and completely forgot about them.
Few days back, we happened to visit a friend’s place for lunch and they a newly married couple. When I asked my husband what we are going to take for them, as we are going to meet them for the first time after marriage. My dear husband in a teasing tone said, ‘look the food blogger is asking what to take and go, can’t you think of something innovative from the food filled blogger mind? I know he is teasing but I thought I will prepare something. Izzat ka sawal hain…..
I had only 30 minutes left. So I rushed into the kitchen to check what all I have got. Believe me I had nothing in my mind, totally blank. When I entered the kitchen and opened the first cupboard, all I can see was dabbas filled with different types of dals. I opened the second cupboard, there I found walnuts peeking behind the sugar jar. I picked them up and started searching for other ingredients. Suddenly I remembered I have dates lying in fridge. I rushed and took out the packet from the fridge. By now my husband announced that the cab driver has just called and informed that he will be here within 20 minutes…..are you ready…? I said yeah…I am almost ready…
Looking at the two ingredients, I thought I will make microwave cake with dates and walnuts. But, I ran out of flour. I thought I will pulse them all together in mixer and make energy bars. But when I pulsed all the ingredients, the mixture was slightly sticky because of dates. So I rolled them into balls. Cute and tiny dry fruit energy balls.
As the balls were sticky, I rolled them into icing sugar. The whole look of the balls changed and they looked like snowballs. I kept each ball in a paper muffin liner and placed them in a cookie box. Gift wrapped the box with a satin ribbon. I showed the box to my husband and he was super amazed.
As the cab driver arrived, I was fully ready to go with my latest and instant creation date walnut truffles. Everyone tasted the truffles and loved them to full. When they asked me for the recipe, with a smile on my face, I said, recipe will be soon on my blog. And everyone in chorus shouted ooiye…oooyiee and we all bust into laugh. So here is the recipe, which accolade me as a food blogger. A no-cook, no-bake recipe and also no-fuss, no mess recipe which can be made in jiffy…just in 5 minutes….a recipe which you love to make again and again….
- 1 cup Walnuts
- 1 cup Dates, pitted and chopped
- ¼ cup Almonds
- ¼ cup Cashews
- 2 tbsp. semi-sweet Chocolate chips
- Icing sugar for dusting
- In a mixer jar, pulse walnuts and almonds until coarse. Then add chopped dates.
- Pulse for 10 seconds and remove into a greased bowl (grease a bowl with 2-3 drops of butter) and add semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix gently.
- Now grease your hands with a drop of butter and then start rolling into a golf size ball.
- Roll the balls in the icing sugar and let them get coated evenly.
- Place each ball in each muffin liner and place in the fridge for 2-3 minutes.
- Pack them into the desired box or just have them or serve them simply.
- Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.
You can even roll the balls in unsweetened cocoa powder or coconut powder or shredded coconut or colored coconut flakes or colored vermicelli.
- Roll on coarsely ground cashew nut or pistachio powder.
- You can even add peanuts, dry rose petals, etc