No Bake Gingerbread Truffles + Week Two Raw Food Challenge

I’m so excited to share these gingerbread truffles with you! I have to say they came out ah-mazing, if I do say so myself. ūüôā I’ve been working in the kitchen tweaking this recipe over and over again until they came out just right. ¬†I even brought them into work with me to have all my co-workers try them and I got the nurses stamp of approval! So, now I know they are ready to share with you.

Raw Dessert

I love ginger,  it is such an aromatic, warming spice I especially love it in the winter.  Ginger is such a powerful medicinal herb I like to add it into as many recipes as I can.  Having some of the most potent anti-inflammatory properties known, ginger is important for ones like me who have fibromyalgia or chronic pain.  And while I rarely suffer from painful flare-ups, I want to keep it that way!

Navitas Coconut Sugar

Back to the gingerbread.  These truffles are moist and full of flavor.  Biting into one took me back to when I was younger and I would eat gingerbread cookies dunking them in tea.  Oh how I loved that! These really have that aromatic kick of ginger, with the robust flavors of  molasses, cloves and cinnamon.  It makes for a wonderful treat.

Navitas Coconut Sugar

I have only recently discovered coconut sugar by Navitas¬†Naturals. ¬†I saw it at WholeFoods and decided to give it a try. ¬†I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what a pleasant surprise! It’s the perfect “sugar” to use when you want that sweet granule texture, which is exactly what I wanted to coat the truffles with. ¬†And it really tops this recipe off perfectly! It gives these truffles a nice little extra texture as you’re biting into them.

No Bake Gingerbread Truffles

These make for a sure success¬†at a party. ¬†You can lay each one in a fun cupcake wrapper, or put toothpicks out so you can just pop them in your mouth. ¬†They are so easy to pack in a lunch and they’re perfect for kids. ¬†You can double the recipe and freeze them, and just pull them out when needed. ¬†Stored in the fridge they can last a week. ¬†But they are so good I have never had them last that long! ūüôā

No Bake Gingerbread Truffles

 

Now to catch you up with me. ¬†As you know I’m doing a¬†fourteen day 100 % raw food challenge to start the year off right, this is the second week and there are only three days left. ¬†It’s been going really well, the only time I felt like giving into temptation was when I went to Whole Foods starving.

It’s dangerous to go to the grocery store when you’re starving! I passed by the open buffet of cooked foods and got a whiff, I almost did a double take just to drool a little but decided not to torture myself. ¬†Thankfully, right across the aisle was the raw food section so I went straight over there and treated myself to some kale chips. ¬†That put me back on track immediately. ¬†LOVE kale chips! Besides when I get a quick craving like that,¬†I try to fast forward in my head to after having eaten the food and imagine how I will feel. I’ve come to realize that I never feel good afterwards and it is never worth the cheat.

Raw Vegan Gingerbread

So back to the gingerbread recipe…here it is:

Makes 20 bite size balls

Recipe:

7-8 medjool dates, pitted

1 cup pecans, soaked for at least 2 hours drained and rinsed (make sure they are drained well and pat dry with paper towel to remove excess water)

1 1/2 tsp ginger, grated (add more or less to taste)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1 Tbsp molasses

1 shake of cayenne pepper

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1) In a food processor add in all the above ingredients, except coconut sugar,  and pulse blend until it becomes like a ball of dough.

2) Scoop out into a mixing bowl and form little balls (bite-size) .

3) Dip into coconut sugar and  coat evenly each truffle.

With just three easy steps you have a fun, delicious and healthy raw vegan dessert!

 

4 Comments

  1. Judi on June 2, 2015 at 6:21 am

    These sound delicious!! I am in love with medjool dates, and since my sweet tooth is the hardest thing for me to overcome, I *love* that you include recipes like this one, and without admonishing “now remember, these are treats, and you shouldn’t overdo…”!

    I am gearing up to start the 15 day challenge. Right now I’m just incorporating raw wherever/whenever I can, trying to make most of my meals raw while I wean off of caffeine for the challenge.

    Your site is really wonderful, and a great place to come for some seriously beautiful recipe ideas! So… THANKS!!!

    • Christine on June 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much Judi,that makes me so happy to hear! The beauty of a low fat raw food diet is that you can eat as much as you want, yes even yummy desserts like these! So enjoy guilt-free until your sweet tooth is satisfied,lol. Wish you the best on your challenge. We just started a 30 day raw food challenge here so feel free to join us!

  2. Janay on November 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I am new to raw living so I don’t really know of about substitutions. I would really like to try this recipe, but I am allergic to both Pecans and Walnuts, is there any other nut that I could substitute to make this recipe?

    • Christine on November 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Janay,
      You should be able to use cashews as a substitute. They won’t have that caramel flavor but they have that softer texture like pecans. If not hazelnuts might work too. You could grind them into a flour consistency (instead of soaking them) then process them with the other ingredients. Hope that helps, enjoy!

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