Dates

Ah HA. You all thought I was going to be delving into my personal life and the under belly of the 20 something dating world, didn’t ya? Suckers. All I am here to talk about is my current obsession, nay, I will call it my passionate love affair with dates.

Yes, dates. The food. I’m that kind of person.

As you know, I am new to the vegan scene. As far as I can tell, there are two kinds of vegans. There are the vegans that eat as they always have, removing animal products and loading up on processed foods that are made to taste like meat.

I’m pretty sure you all know this isn’t the type of vegan that I am.

I love me some fresh, unprocessed foods. Give me a fresh mango and I will instantly start salivating. My recent trip to Hawaii nearly brought me to tears when I went to the store and saw that their “local” section contained papayas and pineapples. I am a produce slut.

On top of all of this I love to eat. I’m not a skinny girl, and this is due to the fact that I find comfort in the kitchen. My idea of a good weekend is hours of baking and menu planning for the week. I’m not going to lie, when I picture my dream future it includes running a vegan catering company.

It also includes owning a farm, being a goat whisperer and marrying a man with rough hands and a full beard.

I digress.

If I were to run a vegan catering company, a staple in such a place would be the date truffles. (I got back to dates, it just took a while…) These puppies are literally the easiest recipe I have ever made, they are so god damn addicting AND they are healthy. I made them for my grandma’s 80th birthday party, and they were a huge success. So I spent my Sunday night listening to Pandora, making my weekly batch of granola and chocolate truffles. Perfect way to start the week, if I do say so myself.

Chocolate Truffles (adapted from Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook– aka, my bible)

2 cups walnuts

1 cup dates

4 tbsp dark cocoa powder

Shredded coconut

– Place walnuts in food processor, blend until walnuts are a fine grain consistency.

– Add in the dates and cocoa powder and blend until everything is combined.

– Roll mixture into truffle sized balls and roll in coconut until covered.

-Store in an airtight container in the fridge and pop those babies in your mouth when you are either looking for a dessert of wanting a little boost of energy. They are healthy, remember?

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