10-Minute Raw Cherry Orange Truffles

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These orange spiced truffles are another recipe I created when I first started the raw food diet. When I initially started going raw, the idea of making desserts overwhelmed me. I had a complete creative block trying to make them and had to gain an understanding of new ingredients and their measurements, which nuts make a good base or what flavors are good to combine, what makes something creamy etc. On top of that, all raw desserts seemed to have so many ingredients and steps to follow.

When I wanted something sweet I’d buy a raw snack at the store. But that got quite expensive and really threw my budget for a loop!  So, I started browsing over raw dessert recipes trying to get the “new mentality” that comes with the raw food lifestyle. These truffles helped me realize raw desserts don’t have to be complicated and expensive to be delicious!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

To meet USDA regulations to be called 'pure vanilla extract', extracts must be composed of 13.35 oz of vanilla beans per gallon during extraction and 35% ethyl alcohol. While 1 tablespoon contains 37 calories, due to its high antioxidant rich content from vanillic acid and vanillin, it's a great addition to baked goods, smoothies, milkshakes and even plain yogurt. Regular ground cinnamon works just as well as the organic kind, no need to splurge on spices for this meal! Studies have found just 1/2 a teaspoon per day of cinnamon can dramatically decrease LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels in those with type 2 diabetes.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

10-Minute Raw Cherry Orange Truffles

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Servings: 7

Ingredients

1 cup raw walnuts (soaked overnight, drained and rinsed)

1 cup cashews

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 orange, zest of

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup dried cherries (un-sulphured and unsweetened)

Cinnamon and coconut sugar to roll them in

Instructions

  1. Blend in the food processor the cashews until it becomes a coarse meal.
  2. Add the cherries, orange juice and zest and blend until it becomes a sticky mix.
  3. Add the walnuts in and pulse blend a few times, not too much you want to have some chunky pieces, just enough to blend it in well.
  4. Scoop into bite size balls and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Take out of freezer and dust them with a mix of cinnamon and coconut sugar.
Blend in the food processor the cashews until it becomes a coarse meal. Add the cherries, orange juice and zest and blend until it becomes a sticky mix. Add the walnuts in and pulse blend a few times, not too much you want to have some chunky pieces, just enough to blend it in well. Scoop into bite size balls and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take out of freezer and dust them with a mix of cinnamon and coconut sugar.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 181; Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 7 mg; Potassium: 90 mg; Carbohydrate: 22 g;  Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 15 g; Protein: 3 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vit A: 21%; Vitamin C: 8%; Iron: 5%; Calcium: 3%;
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