These little bundles of joy have been a staple in my fridge since I started my gluten-free diet. They are made solely using ingredients you can have in your store-cupboard at any time. They are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, raw and free of processed sugar. I dare you not to love them. To make it even better, you can make truffles like these or simple brownie bars. Great for sweet snack or as a compliment to a good cup of coffee.
There is something incredibly satisfying by being able to put together something like this, just using what you have in the cupboard. I believe that not having a stocked cupboard, fridge and freezer is the main reason why people get tempted to buy processed food and often spend way too much money on food-shopping. I always keep a selection of frozen ingredients, flours, dry ingredients, sauces, tins and spices in my kitchen, which allows me to always be able to put something together. Further, by investing in filling up on basic ingredients once, you have room in your future food budgets to buy delicious, fresh ingredients.
Must have dried ingredients:Hazelnuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Flaxseeds, Raisins, Dried cranberries, Dried dates, Shredded coconut, Cocoa powder.
Using these ingredients you will be able to whisk up not only these brownie truffles, but all sorts of granolas, breakfast bars and cake toppings, or you could do like me and make little bags of nut and seed mix, to bring to school or work and save yourself lots of money on ready made bags. You also save a bunch load of calories, as the readymade bags are often soaked in oil, sugar or salt!
1 cup of mixed nuts (I use 1/2 almonds and 1/2 hazelnuts)
1 cup of dried dates
5 tablespoons of cocoapowder
4 tablespoons of shredded coconut
2 tablespoons of agave sirup
Tiny bit of salt
Crushed nuts, cocoa powder and coconut for sprinkling.
1. Chop the nuts in a food processor until you have a rough flour with some bigger bits still left.
2. Add the dates and chop in the food processor until the dates are integrated with the nuts and start sticking to the blade.
3. Add the cocoa powder and coconut.
4. Then add the agave sirup and a tiny bit of salt, whilst the food processor is on. Depending on your food processor, it might start struggling here. If that is the case, integrate the last ingredients in a bowl using your clean hands.
5. Roll the mixture into walnut sized balls and roll in your preferred topping. Alternatively, press the mixture into a cake tin, refrigerate and cut into brownie sized bars.
6. The brownies will keep forever in the fridge in a sealed container.