While your SAD friends are enjoying their coffee and Timbits from Tim Hortons, make them jealous with this raw vegan version of doughnut holes.
3 cups of pecans or walnuts
20 pitted dates (make sure they are soft, like Medjool dates)
2/3 cup cacao or carob powder
1 tsp almond extract
1 pinch of salt (optional, I don't tend to use it)
coconut shavings (I put them in the food processor to make them very fine)
pecan or walnut powder (I just save some from when I process them to make the truffles)
cacao or carob powder
1. Place the pecans or walnuts in the food processor, and process until the powder looks like sand
2. Add the cacao/carob powder, the dates, the vanilla extract and the salt
3. Mix until the ingredients have formed a dough
4. Take a small amount of dough and roll it in your hands
5. Decorate your truffles with coconut shavings, pecan/walnut powder, cacao/carob powder, carob chips, or drizzles of almond butter
6. Place your truffles on a plate or platter covered with Saran Wrap (so they don't stick to the plate) and put them in the fridge (for a couple of hours) or freezer (for 30 minutes) until they get a bit firmer.
7. Keep your truffles in the fridge or freezer until you eat them.