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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. 

healthy truffles

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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Roasted Salmon with Cumin Pumpkin Seed Crust

Roasted salmon is one of my favourite fish dishes, I eat some most days, I’ve even been known to eat it for breakfast if there is some cold in the fridge! I am happy with just roasting or pan frying in a little olive oil and maybe garlic and herbs but like experimenting with crusts to give it an extra dimension and  flavour boost.  All crusts are very simple to put together as is the whole dish and the combinations endless.  This cumin pumpkin crust is quite dense but hugely flavoursome.   Salmon only needs a few minutes in the oven, too long and it will dry out.    Wild Alaskan Salmon fillets are usually more expensive but more generous in their portion size so I will usually cut some off to make a separate meal for Miss ND or freeze a raw portion to enhance a white fish pie.

I’ve used approximate quantities as I don’t tend to measure!

 

Serves 2

Pre-heat your oven to 160 C 

Ingredients

2 Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillets 
Cumin seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Sea Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
2 tsp Mixed herbs or to taste
4 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt

Start by toasting a couple of small handfuls of pumpkin seeds in a frying pan until they are lightly browned, don’t do for too long as they can burn quite quickly and the taste will not be good!  Cool.

pumpkinseeds

Take a couple of big pinches of cumin seeds and toast these very briefly, basically just warming them through, about a minute should do!  If you are not keen on cumin, it’s one of my favourites, replace with another spice, it’s the pumpkin seeds that are the star ingredient on top of the salmon.  Once cool add the cumin to the toasted pumpkin seeds, place these and the mixed herbs and salt into a blender and pulse until the pumpkin seeds are to your liking, I like mine quite big!

Smear the yoghurt over the salmon with the back of a spoon leaving a nice thick layer which will keep the fish moist, then sprinkle the spice/herb seed mix over the yoghurt, then a couple of twists of black pepper over the whole dish and you are ready to roast.

Roast for around 10-12 minutes.

Roasted Salmon with Cumin Pumpkin seed Crust – delicious hot or cold.

Quick Nutritional Info:

Salmon – Omega 3, vitamin B3, B6, B12, selenium, magnesium
Pumpkin seeds – magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium

 

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