Chocolate-Walnut Spread / Truffles

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AKA “Healthy Nutella”

Gluten free, egg-free, dairy-free, sugar free no-bake, and yummy

1.5 cups walnuts, or hazelnuts, ground

1/4 c. liquid – milk, juice, water

8 dates, pitted

1/4 c. cocoa powder

dash salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Grind the nuts in a food processor. Add liquid, process some more. Add dates, process some more.  Add remainder of ingredients and process until completely blended.  Can use as a spread or roll into balls and roll the balls in nuts, coconut, etc. for truffles.

Easier Energy Bites

Adapted from:  http://www.blueberries-nutrition.com/delicious-recipes/2014/12/21/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe

energybites

1 cup oatmeal

1/3 c. chia seeds

1/3 c. hemp hearts

1/2 c. ground flax

1/2 c. raisins (try other ingredients such as chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, or other dried fruit)

1/3 c. liquid honey

1/2 c. nut butter (I used almond)

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl.  Add honey and nut butter. Combine well.  Scoop into balls either by hand or with a measuring scoop. I used a one ounce measuring scoop. Place onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper.  Freeze until firm, then transfer bites to a ziploc freezer bag and keep frozen until ready to use. 21 energy bites. Note – 2/3 c. toasted coconut can be used in place of the chia seeds and hemp hearts.  I  switched out the coconut because my husband doesn’t like it.