“Raw” Chocolate Truffles (Gluten-Free & All Natural & Yummy!)

2 cups raw walnuts or pecans

2 cups of pitted dates

½ cup cocoa or carob powder, plus 2 tbsp for dusting

¼ cup raw agave nectar (light colored works best in this recipe)

¼ cup of raw almond or peanut butter

1 tsp of real vanilla extract

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of salt

Soak dates in warm water for ten minutes. Process nuts until nearly fine in a food processor. Drain dates and add to processor. Mixture will become thick. Pulse processor until dates are nearly as fine as the nuts. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until well mixed. You may have to use a rubber spatula to help move the mixture around. Remove blade and transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Stir if needed. Place the remaining carob/cocoa powder into another small bowl.

Begin rolling mixture into small balls and then roll each in the cocoa/carob powder. Place them into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

As an alternative, you could roll these truffles into powdered sugar.

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