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Healthy Date, Walnut and Seed Truffles

I’ve been using various combinations of ingredients for these little sweet morsels, trying to keep the little girl’s mind on healthy treats.   And with Valentine’s Day at the end of the week, they also make a lovely gift for the one I love. 

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These are sugar-free, the dates gives them their super sweetness and the cocoa that soft chocolatey taste, the seeds and nuts are blitzed finely (or hidden in the case of the toddler) and the coconut oil makes these truffles silky smooth.   For children I would roll in a smoother coating such as ground almonds or coconut rather than chopped nuts.

Healthy Date, Walnut and Seed Truffles

Prep TIme:  30 minutes
Chilling Time:  20 minutes
Makes 20-24

 Ingredients

125g dates
50g walnuts
50g mix of sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flaxseeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
100g fresh blueberries

To finish: flaxseeds, cocoa, chopped or ground almonds,
chopped hazelnuts, coconut

Method

Soak the dates in warm water for a few minutes to soften, then blitz the dates, walnuts and seed mixture in a food processor until smooth.

Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil and blueberries and gently pulse until well combined. Place the mixture in the fridge for an hour to firm up a little.

Form into small balls and roll in coatings of your choice, see above for suggestions.

These truffles will keep in the fridge for a week, not that I’ve ever had to test out that theory!

Quick Nutritional Info:

Dates are rich in Polyphenols, a plant antioxidant that has a higher capacity to reduce oxidative stress.  An excellent source of Potassium, Calcium and magnesium, with a good balance of manganese, zinc, copper, iron and selenium.  Vitamin K and B complex.

Walnuts:  Good source of Potassium, iron and magnesium, plus B6  and omega 3 fats.

Cocoa Powder (unsweetened):  Phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium, flavenoids.

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Blueberry and Lemon Friands

 

Blueberry and Lemon Friands.  I made ice-cream the other day, the traditional way with double cream, milk and egg yolks.   And with 3 egg whites languishing in the fridge I thought I would make some Blueberry and Lemon Friands to use them up.  I have a growing list of recipes that use either only egg yolks or only egg whites  so that I can marry up recipes without wasting one or the other.  I do  have a very old recipe that uses 6 egg whites but as I only had 3  (& didn’t want to just halve the other recipe) I decided to make these from the BBC Good Food website where you can find the recipe.  I did reduce the icing sugar from 125g to 100g, I feel most recipes use too much sugar so always tweak it!

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Ingredients

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So, what is a Friand exactly?  They originated in France and are popular in Australia (where my original recipe comes from).  They are small, light as a feather, bite-sized cakes that are made with egg whites and ground almonds which are high in protein.  You can use whatever fruit you please, but the smaller, softer fruits like Blueberry and Raspberry are the most suitable for these cakes.  The fruit is just pressed into the batter before baking.  You know I’m not keen on sugary cakes especially for tiny teeth but these are mini morsels of delight and ideal for a little one’s lunchbox or a tea-time treat.   The batter makes around 18 Friands so plenty to go around, they can also be frozen.

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Usually you would bake Friands in a Friand Tin to give them their signature oval shape, I am using a mini muffin tin which is the nearest I could get to it.  I have searched high and low for a Friand Tin without success.  If any of my readers know where to get one in the UK or even further afield, do let me know!

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