You know, those chocolate candies full of caramel goodness and a happy little pecan on the bottom? I went and did them up, raw-style!
One of the awesome things about raw food desserts is that they tend to contain real food - no processed sugar, no flour, etc. While it would be a stretch to call them healthy (turtles are candy, after all), they've got some big advantages over their traditional counterparts.
These raw turtles make a great Christmas treat, or you know, a great anytime treat. But especially Christmas. And they're easy to make, too - the most time-consuming part is forming each individual turtle. All the more reason to make them with good company and a glass of wine, methinks. You know, in the true holiday spirit.
I want to make a note that this was a recipe I made last year at Living Light Culinary School, so the credit goes to them. Those peeps be the raw food geniuses!
Raw Turtle Truffles
Makes about 50 turtles
For the caramel:
1 cup pitted dates, packed
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the fudge:
1 cup pitted dates, packed
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa or carob powder
Pinch of cinnamon
Generous 1/2 cup perfect pecan halves
1. For the caramel: Loosely separate the dates and place them in a food processor along with the cashews and vanilla extract. Process until smooth. Place in the freezer while making the fudge.
2. For the fudge: Loosely separate the dates and place them in a food processor along with the raisins and coconut oil. Process until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon, and process again.
3. For assembly: Roll 1 teaspoon of caramel into a ball, and do the same for the fudge. Using your thumb, make a depression in the center of the fudge ball large enough to fit the caramel ball inside. Holding the two together, carefully pull the fudge coating up and around the caramel, and press a perfect pecan half on top. Repeat until you've made all the candies, and chill for at least 1 hour.
Since the caramel mixture is quite sticky, it's a good idea to have a bowl of water on the counter that you can wash your hands with.
These will keep for up to 1 month in the fridge or freezer.
And now for the pictoral instructions! Start with 2 balls of each flava.
Check out that branched-off, tormented heart line. And the funny x's on my life line.
Then you press your thumb into the fudge to make a little space for the caramel to fit.
Now that the caramel has a home, you can send him home. "His bags are packed, he's got his airplane ticket, now why don't you send him home."
"Time to go home, there, ball."
"Why you don't you just go home? That's your HOME! Are you too good for your HOME? ANSWER ME!"
(I've seen that movie way too many damn times.)
Hooray, the caramel is home!
Then you just press a pecan into it. Voila! Raw turtle truffles.
Well I'm off to enjoy the rest of my Friday spent indoors since the weather decided to be all snowstorm-y. Fun times in Saskatchewan!
It kind of looks foggy in the distance, but don't be fooled - it's snow coming down pretty heavily. I'll be off the roads today!