Whether detoxing from the holiday festivities, fighting crowds on boxing day, cleaning up after the celebration, or heaven-forbid, heading right back to work for the daily grind … odds are, you could use a little pick me up!
Last week, when the holidays began kicking in, I found myself reaching for handfuls of chocolate chips before 10am. I was running on empty, and my subconscious was taking over, reaching for sugar. When I started paying attention, rather than stop the deviant behavior (it is the holidays after all!), I thought, why not just work with the craving by adding a little nutrition? Some nuts, some dates, and oh … how about a little caffeine (good for circulation, right?), and these rich little mocha-inspired, fudgy snacks were born.
I used to think that date-based truffles were out of reach, only for those who had food processors or high powered blenders. But then I started wondering, what did all of the women do before these modern conveniences came along and they wanted to make a date paste? And wouldn’t you know it, once softened in some hot water, dates are almost as easy to mash as bananas – nothing but a fork required!
The recipe below can easily be adjusted to suit your tastes since it is such a simple no bake recipe. You can increase or decrease the coffee for a more or less intense mocha hit, add some extra sweetener if desired, or even use dark or unsweetened chocolate if you are fortunate enough to not have a sweet tooth.