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Hello Lovely Bakers,

It’s been ages since my last post. I’ve been tweaking and retesting recipes for my kids’ baking book (again!) for the last three months. Just when I thought the book was finished, I’d go back to it and I always found something that could be improved. Between running Sunshine and my other commitments, I often wish I had more time for writing. Nevertheless, I cracked on and the good news is the book is being read proof as I type this and I can’t wait to send it to literary agents. Keep your fingers crossed, please! (When you’re not baking, of course.)

This recipe is a bit different to the ones we’ve used with Sunshine Chefs as it doesn’t require baking. Also, if you want to give your family a break from refined sugar these super easy truffles are for you. They’re gluten and dairy-free, they’re bursting with goodness and make a delicious healthy lunch box addition. As usual, the recipe is super quick and easy and you only need 4 ingredients. Aprons on and have fun!

DATE AND ALMOND NO BAKE, NO FUSS TRUFFLES

Makes 15

  • 160g dates
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder, reserve 2 for coating
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (optional)

1. Chop the dates very finely or blend them in a food processor. Grate the orange skin, squeeze a tablespoon of orange juice and set aside.

2. Place the dates, almonds, orange zest, orange juice and 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder in a bowl and mash with a fork.

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3. You should have a very sticky and thick mixture quite hard to work with. Once all ingredients are combined use your hands to mould them into a ball.

4. Divide it into 15 cherry tomato-sized chunks and roll them into balls. This is  a brilliant hand-eye co-ordination exercise for your little baker; it’ll be hard for them not to lick their fingers though! 🙂 Put the reserved cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Roll each ball evenly in the cocoa to give it a truffle-like look. For a slightly sweeter taste and more funky look, coat half of the truffles in desiccated coconut instead of cocoa. Yummy!

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