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Fruit and Nut Truffles

Fruit and Nut Truffles 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Nourish Dec 31, 2014

Healthful candy might sound like an oxymoron, but in this case it’s a delicious reality. Dried figs, dates, a touch of cinnamon and toasted almonds whirred in the food processor form a delightfully sweet mixture that is rolled into balls and coated in shredded coconut.

You wind up with a sweet, festive treat that really hits the spot; no added sugar is needed.

Make Ahead: The truffles can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


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Tested size: 8 servings; makes 16 pieces

  • 1/4 cup whole natural (skin-on) raw almonds
  • 4 dried figs, preferably large ones (about 4 ounces total)
  • 6 large, pitted dates (about 4 ounces total)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut, for rolling


Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until they are fragrant and lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Discard any stems on the figs; cut the fruit into chunks.

Place the almonds, figs, dates, cinnamon and salt in a food processor; pulse until the mixture is finely chopped and barely holding together.

Place the coconut in a small bowl. Roll the truffle mixture into 16 balls of equal size (about an inch in diameter). Roll each one in the coconut until well coated, then place on a plate or in a container for storing. Serve at room temperature.

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From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 110

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 40mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 21g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 17g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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