I am one of those people who gets grumpy if I don’t have a snack around.
It doesn’t have to be naughty, there are no chocolate bars or crisps around here, but sometimes I need something to perk me up.
When looking around one of our new supermarkets, we found “date pâté ” on sale (and ridiculously cheap too). Having used many dates that needed pitting for Shake’s birthday cake recently I could see the benefit of buying them already blended and in bulk.
I’ve seen so many recipes online where dates are used to sweeten treats and decided to just make something up that sounded good to me and wouldn’t take long to make (i.e. during nap time!).
Oh, just in case you wondered about the title, my step-father thought these were truffles and was pretty disappointed that they weren’t (until he tried them!).
Raw treat sweets – makes about 20
I haven’t been more specific with the name above as you can really change them up depending on what you have at home and what you like!
4 heaped tablespoons date pâté (or 2 cups pitted dates)
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon cacao powder
2 tablespoons rolled oats
Put all ingredients in hand blender or food processor and blitz until smooth and combined.
Taking teapoon-sized amounts, roll into truffle shapes.
Enjoy with a cup of coffee (optional)
Store somewhere cool and dry.
Other flavour suggestions: cacao nibs, cinnamon, vanilla, dried apricots, dried figs, walnuts…