Oct 12, 2018

Pistachio Matcha Truffles ~ Date-sweetened & oil-free!

 

Oh, man. These. These are… I can’t even… If I cursed, I would be using expletives about how good these are!

So here’s a little back story. Mountain Man and I are at our favorite little restaurant (one of the very few where we can actually eat off the menu, called Dobra Tea West in Asheville). We finished our meal and my honey wanted a sweet treat. I sighed and said, “I’ll look but most of them have a lot of oil.” So I meandered over to the dessert fridge and took a peek. Nope, not really anything. Well, my man has a sweet tooth and was not giving up so easily. He decided to look for himself. A few moments later he came over to the table with this huge BALL of something, a big smile on his face. I said, “Really? Doesn’t it have oodles of coconut oil?” I got up to look at the ingredients… nope! No oil. And wow, was it incredible. Okay, so this recipe isn’t really mine but I just had to make these the next day, based on the ingredients given, and share them with you! 

They turned out great! Possibly better… Mine are about half the size of the ones at Dobra because, really, they were ginormous and I can’t eat that much sweet in one sitting. I’m bringing these to an event this weekend and working on creating a little pistachio filling, just like a real truffle… shouldn’t be too hard. So, stay tuned for a possible upgrade! 🙂 

For the relatively small amount of ingredients, the flavor profile of these little treats is very deep and rich. If you love pistachios, like we do, and are a fan of matcha tea, like we are… you will love these. They are also sweetened with dates only, so yeah. These will be on my dessert rotation plan.

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

 

 

Pistachio Matcha Truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 truffles

A delectable treat for the sweet tooth in all of us!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound raw, shelled pistachios (see notes)
  • 1½ cups pitted dates (I used medjool dates which are perfect for this as they are nice and soft)
  • 3 TBS tahini
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp matcha tea powder
  • 1 tsp powdered vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut + ½ tsp matcha

Method

  1. Place the pistachios and the dates in a food processor and pulse until well incorporated.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture holds together well when pinched.
  3. Form into balls, about the size of golfballs.
  4. Mix the coconut shreds and the matcha tea until the coconut is coated. (see notes)
  5. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture and store in the fridge until ready to eat.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

**It's sometimes not easy to find shelled pistachios. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they usually carry them.

**Instead of rolling the balls in coconut shreds, you could also pulverize some pistachios in a nut grinder and roll them in that.

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2 responses to “Pistachio Matcha Truffles ~ Date-sweetened & oil-free!”

  1. Brenda Honey says:

    Yum… these look great. Even though the calories are there, it’s not from butter, oils and sugar.

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