Between my husband and me, we have around 30 foods that we reacted to when tested. Almonds are one of the foods he reacted to so I often eliminate, or change if possible, these recipes. I decided a few days ago to experiment with making a truffle using walnuts since we both can eat them and I happen to have a big bag of organic ones. See my previous post on Black Forest Truffles. I was out of the cherries but had figs so I made Cocoa-Nut Snowballs for dessert. This was so easy just using the food processor and a bowl for rolling them in coconut. If you don’t like coconut, you can roll them in chopped walnuts. It took less than 10 minutes to prepare the dough. I put it in the freezer to chill while I cleaned up and then rolled the dough into balls.
1/3 cup walnut pieces
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted (from #traderjoes )
3/4 cup dried Turkish Smyrna figs, stemmed (from #traderjoes )
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Place all ingredients except coconut into food processor and process using on/off pulsing until dough is formed. Chill for 30 minutes then roll into bite sized balls. Roll each ball in the coconut and serve. Makes approx 10 snowballs about 1 1/2 inch diameter.