February 08, 2011

Grain Free (+ Healthy!) Date & Almond Truffles:: Gluten Free Recipe

Gluten Free Scallywag_date almond truffles_1

Yesterday, I made gluten free banana muffins. They. Were. Horrible. I threw them out. Really, they couldn't be be saved. It's the second batch of buttermilk/oil based muffins that haven't worked for me - is it too soon to give up? I don't think so, so I am giving up and sticking with my trusty old banana muffin recipe which works a treat every time!

Well, apart from the gluten free banana muffin fail, I also cleaned out the study. Lots of filing, opening of old birthday cards (I found $100 - woo hoo!) and lots of shredding of old bank statements. After these efforts to clean up, my man and I got out of the house and spent a lovely afternoon  at Soda Sunlounge (details here) soaking up the rays and scoffing a delicious gluten free risotto paired with a crisp cider and then we wandered into tow to peruse the stores, but mainly to look at new laptops for my man (even though my little guy here is slowly dying - don't worry that recently found $100 is now in my 'new laptop piggy bank') . It was such a lovely weekend that it was made all the better as I buzzed up these delicious grain free, gluten free, egg free, lactose free date & almond truffles that I had bookmarked some time ago. Boy are these tasty! They totally made up for my previous efforts and I'm delighted to share them with you... so that you can, maybe, share them with someone next Monday; Valentine's Day...?

Gluten Free Scallywag_date almond

Next time I'm going to be decadent and dip them in some dark chocolate.... mmm.... I am drooling already just thinking about that sweet chocolate crunch and chewy middle... I think I'm gonna go get my food processor out again!

So, go - get in your kitchen and make these for your Valentine!

Gluten Free Scallywag_date almond

Gluten Free, Egg Free, Lactose Free Date & Almond Truffles
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Makes approximately 20-25truffles

1/2cup juicy raisins
1/2cup almonds
1/2cup medjool dates, pitted and roughly copped
1/4cup dried figs, stemmed and roughly chopped

cocoa and finely dessicated coconut to roll the truffles in

Place the almonds in the bowl of your food processor and buzz until a coarse meal is achieved (approx 2-3mins). Add in the raisins, dates and figs and process on high until the mixture sticks together like a pastry dough (approx 3-5mins). 

Remove the mixture and using a teaspoon scoop portions and roll into balls. Coat in the cocoa or coconut and place onto serving tray or into little mini patty cases to gift. Will keep in an airtight container for approximately 1week.


  1. such tiny pralines are a great idea for a party! love it

  2. I love it when I find money in my bags and pockets, especially bank notes. These truffles look amazing and dipped in dark chocolate is a must x

  3. Jas! You are such an inspiration to people out there who need to eat gluten-free, and well to people like me who can appreciate how tough baking is let alone baking and cooking without gluten!! Your photography is incredible! Way to go girl. Keep doing fabulous things :) xo

  4. I am glad to see that other people have gluten free baking failures too! I thought it was just me. But we keep trying and don't give up for long, do we :-)

  5. Oh wow, I've been really getting into raw desserts lately and have made a few truffle/balls lately, but I haven't yet considered using raisins instead of just dates! Brilliant :)

  6. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,..What more can I say??

  7. I made these for my son's 4th birthday party and they were delicious and much loved. They went well with my gluten-free florentines and gluten-free flourless chocolate cake - yum.

    Thank you for your fantastic recipes and inspiration to experiment myself with gluten free cooking :)

  8. @ Rhi - thanks hun!
    @ sleeping horse - nope, it's definitley NOT just you!
    @vness - so glad you and your sons friends enjoyed them as a healthier treat at his 4th birthday!

    Happy gluten free baking all!

  9. These were really delicious. A lovely texture. I love having something different and delicious to offer my friends after dinner. I shall definitely be playing more with your baking!

    1. So glad you enjoyed them! I have been making some with a touch of cinnamon and cocoa, so good.


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