Almond~Date Amaretto Truffles

“Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts.”  Unknown

Truffles denote decadence,sophistication and a guilty pleasure.  These sweet little morsels only taste like it!  These healthy truffles get their natural sweetness from the dates, are gluten free and take but a few minutes to assemble.  With the aromatic flavoring of almonds, cocoa, orange juice and Amaretto liqueur, they are a perfect little addition to your sweet holiday offerings.  The Amaretto makes them just a little bit naughty but the wholesome ingredients make them nice!  They are made directly in the food processor for no fuss, easy clean up.  A guilt-free sweet little nugget!

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Almond~Date Amaretto Truffles

adapted from Sweet Paul

10 oz container of  pitted dates softened in 1 c boiling water

10 oz ground almonds(measure with the empty date container!)

2 T cocoa powder

juice of a large orange

2 T Amaretto liqueur

1 c flaked coconut for coating( sweetened or unsweetened is fine)

Drain the dates.  Place all ingredients except the coconut, in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse on high speed until you have a sticky “dough”.  You may need to add a few tablespoons of additional liquid, either more Amaretto or orange juice, if the mixture is too thick.  Using your hands, roll tablespoon sized balls to make about 30 truffles and set them on a sheet of waxed paper.  Roll each one in the coconut to coat. Other coating options include chopped pistachios, cocoa powder or powdered sugar.  May be frozen for a month in an airtight tin.

imageThis is an exciting day!  I am hosting Fiesta Friday for the very first time.  If you are new to Fiesta Friday, welcome!   Do check out the amazing offerings from bloggers around the world who bring tantalizing recipes, gorgeously photographed, week after week.  I am thrilled to be co-hosting Fiesta Friday #97 with Liz@Spades Spatulas and Spoons.  Do check out her blog filled with mouth-watering dishes.   If you want to join in, click on the link to read the guidelines and  link up to this weekly party. Visit the blogs and have fun at our virtual party. You’ll come away inspired with new recipes to try and you could even win a coveted feature spot next week.  Liz and I will have the fun challenge of selecting the winners.  Remember to link your post back to Angie’s Fiesta Friday and to this blog and Liz’s so we know you’ve joined the party and to be considered for a feature.  Tag your posts with FF also.  Fiesta Friday bloggers are friendly, talented and very welcoming. Join us!

40 thoughts on “Almond~Date Amaretto Truffles

  1. My mom used to make coconut date balls at Christmastime when I was a kid, but hers surely didn’t include amaretto! This sounds fantastic – a truly unique combination of flavors!

  2. Love, love the amaretto addition Johanne, it takes these truffles to a whole new level. I make something similar fairly frequently for a treat, and I don’t feel as guilty as all the ingredients are so healthy, however with Christmas just around the corner, I’ll be adding amaretto to that mix ha ha! Thanks for co-hosting. So glad you jumped on board 🙂

    • Your encouragement helped me take the leap, Loretta! So thank you! The amaretto makes this a little more festive for sure and is such a nice pairing for the almonds. A guilt free little nugget!

      Johanne Lamarche

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    • I like the way you think Judi, you party girl! Amaretto is one of those liqueurs that are so smooth and not overpowering. I hope I’m doing ok hosting. Have not seen any ping backs yet. You are a veteran host and I always appreciate your dedication. Enjoy your weekend! Any snow in MI yet? Not a flake in PA!

      Johanne Lamarche

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      • I’m sure you will do fine Johanne as you always have good comments for everyone. I linked your site from my blog and it works – I don’t think you will see the pingbacks as I never did from anyone. No snow – unseasonably warm – high 40’s 🙂

      • After thinking about what you said I need to link to the specific recipe and not just your site. That’s why you are not getting any pingbacks and why I never got any either. I am going to do that now. Let me know if it works!

  3. They sound fantastic – anything with Amaretto catches my eye immediately … 😉
    Thank you so much for co-hosting this week’s FF events – what a party!

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    • It worked Judi! Good for you to detect this subtle difference. I always expected my link to hosts’ sites would let them know I had “arrived at the party”. You are a genius!

      Johanne Lamarche

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      • Thank you Johanne for bringing it to my attention. Instead of just “frenchgardenerdishes.com” you have to add the date and recipe after it. I’ve been doing that for Angie but why I haven’t for the co-hosts is beyond me! I won’t forget next week 🙂

  5. These look really perfect to just pop in ones month and enjoy! Gluten free desserts that are good are a bit hard to find so I really like this recipe. Some of my favorite ingredients all together.

    • Thanks Teresa! The amaretto makes them festive and no one would guess they are made of dates! I liked the idea of soaking the dates in orange juice overnight from another blogger.

      Johanne Lamarche

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