The cousins were able to get together this weekend for a little Valentine's fun! We started the festivities off by helping Britten decorate cards to hand out to his classmates during the class' Valentine's party. I found cute, abstract heart shaped cards at Michaels along with a "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp, red ink, and stickers for all under $8.00. This was such a fun and educational project for him. Baby C even helped out by smashing her hand into the ink pad.
We wanted the cousins to "cook" together and I needed to create a dessert I could send to school with Britten on Valentine's Day. Since he eats limited amounts of gluten, I pack his snacks and lunch every day to accommodate his dietary restrictions. For class parties, I make sure he has something to eat that is not too different from what the other kids will be having.
Carrie and I thought it would be fun and interactive to make a base for truffles and let the kids roll them in various ingredients. This recipe is very easy for kids to participate in because they can help measure and add ingredients to the blender and help roll the dough into balls and then into the toppings. As for toppings we used four: coconut, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, and goji berries. It was fun for Britten to choose which topping he wanted to use and even at eleven months, Baby C was able to help a bit!
With Zest & Zeal,
Jaime and Carrie
Raw Chocolate Pecan & Coconut Truffles - Makes 12 Truffles
Ingredients - gluten-free, vegan no-refined sugar, raw
- ⅔ cup pecans
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 10 dates, pitted
- 1-2 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Toppings: unsweetened cocoa powder, sesame seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, and goji berries
- Add all ingredients, except toppings, to a Vitamix or food processor.
- Blend on high until mixed together but there are still small chunks of pecans.
- Place mixture into a bowl.
- Roll into small balls - I like using a small cookie scoop.
- Roll truffle in topping of choice.
- Place in freezer to firm up for ~30 minutes.
*Store in air-tight container in the freezer
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