Truffle bite? What’s a truffle bite? Things are truffles or bites, right? And truffles are rarely more than a bite anyway so calling something a truffle bite is like calling a cat a kitty cat or saying something is an end result or even better (worse?) declaring that you’re going to an ATM machine.
I’ll wait while you google what ATM stands for, swear to never again use the phrase “mix together”, and re-evaluate the sheer scale of redundancies in everyday life…
Ok, so maybe a truffle bite is just something I made up because I found myself fighting the urge to roll these little squares into truffles and completely cover them in Chocolate Magic Shell — rendering them truffles but losing the whole layered slice effect.
And maybe I should have just called it a slice — but then there would have been no reason to ramble on about pleonasms and not only would you still be saying “ATM machine” but this post would contain little more than a couple photos and a recipe.
Maybe you’re thinking that calling it a slice and skipping the crazy would have been a good thing.
Perhaps I should have just mentioned at the beginning that this isn’t a real post but a slightly delirious Christmas-is-almost-here-and-I’m-living-in-a-perpetual-state-of-hyperventilation stream of consciousness, but I didn’t know myself until it was too late to turn back.
Have I lost you yet? Just make sure to grab a truffle bite on your way out.
Macadamia & Coconut Choc-Cherry Truffle Bites
Macadamias, coconut, cherries and chocolate, need I say any more than that? I didn’t think so. Feel free to cover in as little or as much chocolate as you wish, or even roll the mixture into truffles, I won’t tell.
Makes 36 bites
- 1 c raw macadamias (150g)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ c fresh dates (100g), pitted
- 1 Tbsp kirsch brandy
- ¼ c plus 2 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
- 1 ½ c shredded coconut, divided
- 2 Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 c fresh cherries (400g), pitted
- 1 tsp vanilla
Line base and sides of an 8 inch (20 cm) square tin with two overhanging strips of baking paper. Combine dates and kirsch, set aside to soak for a few minutes.
Blitz macadamia nuts and salt to a coarse meal. Add dates, soaking liquid and 2 Tbsp coconut oil and blitz until mixture forms a ball. Add 1 c coconut and pulse to combine.
Remove just under half the mixture (150g) and set aside. To the remaining half add cacao powder, blend well and press into prepared pan.
Rinse out processor jug and blend cherries until smooth. Add vanilla, reserved macadamia/date/coconut mixture, remaining ½ c coconut, remaining ¼ c coconut oil and pulse to combine.
Spread cherry mixture over base and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Once set remove from pan, cut into 36 pieces and drizzle or drench with Choc Magic Shell. Store in fridge or freezer.
- Kirsch: feel free to use rum or bourbon instead of kirsch (cherry brandy). To keep it sober replace liquor with warm water.
- Cherries: it’s summer in Australia so cherries are in season, to make these in the dead of winter you could use jarred cherries in brandy but remember they may contain added sugar and without a doubt contain brandy.
vegan // vegetarian // gluten-free // dairy-free // soy-free // probably paleo // refined sugar-free // nuts