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Chocolate cherry walnut truffles

"Man cannot live on kale alone," is a quote Rebecca Katz borrows from a psychologist friend and is as good a justification as any to enjoy dessert in moderation. Here's a healthy choice.

Cookbook author Rebecca Katz


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Ingredients

2 tbsp. boiling water
2 oz. dark chocolate (64 to 72 percent cacao content), very finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup pitted and halved Medjool dates
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Sea salt
1/4 cup finely diced dried cherries
2 tbsp. shredded coconut
1/4 tsp. curry powder

Instructions

Stir boiling water into chopped chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds. Using a small whisk, stir until chocolate is completely melted and glossy. Coarsely grind walnuts in a food processor, then add cocoa powder, dates, vanilla and 1/8 tsp. salt. Process for 1 minute. Add the chocolate mixture and process until smooth, another minute. Transfer to a bowl and stir cherries into the chocolate mixture.

Cover and chill until firm, about 2 hours in the refrigerator or 20 minutes in the freezer. On a plate, mix coconut, curry powder and a pinch of salt. Scoop up about 2 tsp. of the chilled chocolate mixture and roll into a smooth ball between your palms, then roll in the curried coconuts to coat. Repeat with remaining mixture, then place truffles in an airtight container and chill thoroughly before serving.

Tips: If you want to give the truffles a golden hue, toast the coconut in a 300-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. For a more distinctive taste, add another 1/4 tsp. curry powder.

Makes about 20

Recipe reprinted with permission from¬†"The Healthy Mind Cookbook,"¬†Copyright © 2015 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo by Maren Caruso.



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