Dates have been satisfying my sweet tooth a lot lately. I usually buy date rolls in the bulk section of Mother’s market. I tend to buy 8 or so and keep them in my car so I can snack on one when I have my “taxi driver” hat on in the afternoons chauffeuring my kiddos to and from their activities.
While the bulk date rolls are not too expensive, it is always cheaper to make these types of goodies at home when possible. I always have a big container of Medjool dates (from Costco) in my pantry, so this morning I pitted 14 of them and set to work making my own coconut covered date rolls/truffles.
INGREDIENTSMedjool dates, pitted (I used 14 large dates) Reduced fat finely shredded unsweetened coconut Water – if soaking is needed .
Depending upon how moist your dates are, you may need to soak them in water. My dates were pretty moist and I soaked them for 30 minutes which resulted in a date mixture that was too wet for my liking (As you can see in the image at the top right). If my dates are moist the next time I make these, I will not soak them at all since I prefer firm date rolls.
Place the soaked (or not soaked) dates in the food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides 3-4 times. Do not add extra water…I promise it will eventually begin blending.
If you do not have a food processor you can achieve similar results by using your knife and finely chopping the dates until they form a paste.
Place some shredded coconut in a shallow bowl and scoop some of the date mixture onto the shredded coconut (I used my 1 Tbs. scooper). Roll / cover the date mixture with the coconut. Continue until all of the date mixture has been used.
Place in the freezer to set. These taste amazing straight out of the freezer.
Using 14 large Medjool dates I was able to make 24 truffles.
These would be a great addition to your Easter brunch.