On Sunday last week, I organised and hosted a raw truffle making workshop as part of the Edinburgh Health Socialising Group calendar of events, which saw eager truffle-makers turning up on my doorstep, armed cake tins to take home their spoils, to learn how to make some healthy truffle treats.
|A veritable raw truffle selection box!|
|Ingredients set out and ready to go|
|The fruit choices: apple, mango, prunes, banana, figs, dates, raisins, apricots, cranberries|
|The nut selection: Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds|
|The 'other': cocoa, linseed, flaxseed, chia seed, coconut, poppyseed, rolled oats, quinoa flakes, agave, honey, maple syrup, rice syrup|
Makes 12-16 depending on size
- 150g dried fruit
- 60g nuts
- 50g other dry ingredient
- 50g boiling water
- 1 tbsp liquid sweetener (optional) e.g. honey, agave, maple syrup
Put all your ingredients into a bowl and let soak for about 10-15 mins.
Blend - either using a food processor or hand blender until it forms a single sticky mass.
Roll into balls and coat if desired.
Enjoy instead of a biscuit and feel healthy!
I made a couple of examples for everyone to taste - coconut, apricot and cashew (using 150g dried apricots, 60g cashews and 50g unsweetened dessicated coconut) and chocolate peanut date and oat (using 150g dates, 60g peanuts, 45g rolled oats and 5g cocoa powder).
|Coconut apricot and cashew on the left, chocolate peanut date and oat on the right|
I did a quick online nutritional breakdown, entering my recipe ingredients and serving size, and they generally are about 50-60 calories each - similar to a biscuit, (or 1/5 of a Mars Bar).
But unlike most biscuits and definitely all Mars Bars, they are full of fibre, pack a little bit of protein in, and depending on which fruit, nut and seed combinations you use, can be loaded up with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Calcium - you can tailor your ingredients to provide the nutrients you need.
Thanks to those that came and tried something new!