It’s the season of love, with Valentine’s day knocking on our hearts and on our pockets. It can be quite the challenge for both singles and couples, scrambling for the perfect gifts, the perfect date, the perfect restaurant, and the perfect way to spend the day. I find that food can make it all better; simple, thoughtful home cooked food. Cooking for oneself or for someone else can be just as gratifying. So if you don’t have anyone to cook for, well…you do, yourself, and if you do have a partner, family or friends around, these easy spiced chocolate oat truffles are the perfect breakfast treat for breakfast on valentine’s day and on any other day. They actually require no cooking at all. They are so easy and quick to prepare. They are both energy balls and truffles at the same time, made with simple ingredients with a lot of room for your favourite healthy nuts, seeds and superfoods to make it truly yours.
I made these on a whim while I was prepping for my supper club on 15th February in Brighton as a treat to serve after dessert. As usual, I have Mr. Tomato as my resident tester and taster, but he kept coming back for more, forcing me to make more. I made three batches of these spiced chocolate oat truffles before I protested against spending my entire day making these while he ate them all. He loves, I love them and I love him, and so this will now be a staple in our home. It could be yours too.
Happy Valentine’s day!
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Spiced Chocolate Oat Truffles
Feeds 2 – 8 tummies
Cooking time: 10 minutes
- 400g /4 cups of oats
- 200g / 1 1/8 cup pitted dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 100g 70% dark chocolate
- 100ml oat cream / double cream
- 3 tbsp fair trade cocoa powder
Let’s get cooking!
- Ensure your dates are pitted, as you don’t want to bite into the hard seeds in the center. If the dates are dry, soak them in warm water for 1o minutes, and then blitz in a food processor. Pour the sticky blitzed dates into a bowl with the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and a tablespoon of cocoa powder.
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and set aside. In a saucepan, gently heat the double cream. Just as it starts to steam and before it bubbles up, take off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Leave for a few minutes to melt and then stir. Add the chocolate ganache to the bowl of oats and spices and mix well until all the oats are coated in chocolate.
- Use a teaspoon to scoop the spiced chocolate oat mixture into your palm. Roll into balls and place in a clean oven tray or baking dish. It will get messy, so rub your hands with some coconut oil to keep things slick and not sticky. Once you have rolled them all, sprinkle the remaining cocoa powder all over the rolled spiced chocolate oats, starting with one tablespoon all, and lightly shake to coat them.
- Cover with clingfilm or foil and place in the refrigerator to set. It will be just right to eat after 15 minutes. You can keep them dry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Just try not to eat them all in one go! Try hard!
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