|Image courtesy Martha Stewart cooking school|
You've no doubt heard of Rum Balls, but for those that don't like alcohol and aim towards a healthier lifestyle, how about plum balls? This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart, but I've made it into a guilt free healthy snack to keep my bowels healthy.
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon for coating
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, (can sub for margarine, coconut butter etc.) cut into pieces
- 9 ounces (250 grams) prune, fig or date paste
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus 1/2 cup for coating, not hot chocolate or milkshake powder (I recommend Dutch cocoa powder if you can find it because it's roasted longer and is double delicious)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces (225 grams) dark chocolate (70 percent cacao), chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Chopped pistachios, chopped toasted coconut flakes, and toasted sesame seeds, for coating
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Combine almond flour, powdered milk, and spices in a small skillet and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is fragrant and light brown in color, about 2 minutes.
- Add butter and stir until the butter is melted and mixture is well combined. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and let cool, at least 5 minutes.
- Add fruit paste, cocoa, and salt to bowl and beat until well combined using the paddle attachment. Scoop balls using a tablespoon or a small ice-cream scoop and drop onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. (I prefer to make my balls smaller for a teeny tiny lower calorie treat)
- Roll between damp hands to smooth. Refrigerate truffles at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
- Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth; stir in coconut oil. Dip truffles into chocolate, scraping along the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate.
- Roll to coat in pistachios, coconut, or sesame seeds, or a mixture of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup cocoa powder.