Who doesn’t get to 4pm on a Thursday without craving a sugar fix? Not many of us. But every time we reach for the biscuit tin, we can’t help but feel a tiny pang of guilt, so we’ve been on the hunt for a sweet high without the regrettable lows.
Enter Sarah Lemanski. Famous in her hometown of Leeds for her delicious and delectable patisserie Noisette Bakehouse, she’s your go-to girl for all-natural, free-from sweet treats.
While visiting our Leeds store we asked (okay begged) Sarah to recommend a guilt-free treat and like the star that she is, she shared this yummy raw date and cocoa truffle recipe, free from gluten, dairy and egg. Trust us, they taste incredible.
- Sarah Lemanski, Founder of Noisette Bakehouse
These raw date and cacao truffles are every bit as indulgent as a classic chocolate truffle which are rich in cream and dairy chocolate. We love to make them for perfect after-dinner petit fours or wrap them in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon to give as gifts.
What you’ll need:
Base recipe makes 40 Truffles
- 320g Medjool dates
- 60g melted coconut oil
- 60g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For Rose Truffles
- 2 tbsp rose water extract
- Cocoa powder or desiccated coconut
For the Orange Spiced Pecan Truffles
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Crushed toasted pecans
For the Peppermint & Cacao Nib Truffles
- 2–3 drops peppermint extract
- Crushed cacao nibs
For the Almondine Truffles
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- Cocoa powder or toasted flaked almonds
How it’s made:
- Place the dates into a food processor and blitz until completely smooth.
- Add in the melted coconut oil and cocoa powder and blitz it all together.
- Pick the flavouring of your choice along with the vanilla extract and sea salt and blend until perfectly smooth.
- To firm it up, place the entire mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Dust your hands with a little cocoa powder and scoop the mixture into small bite-sized truffles by rolling them between your hands.
- Finally, roll each truffle in the cocoa powder, coconut, nuts or nibs.