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These chocolate truffles can be whipped up in mere minutes - but if you're too busy for even that, Whole Foods sells them ready made as well. (Image: Britt Thorson / Seattle Refined)

Last-minute chocolate truffles

It's here. It's Valentine's Day, and you have nothing for your sweetie but flowers and a card. Which is fine..but doesn't exactly scream thought and appreciation. Enter the easiest chocolate truffles to make ever. Seriously - head home during lunch, whip these up and have them waiting for your love when they walk through the door.

Another bonus? They're healthy-ish! Jennifer Buchanan, Healthy Eating Coach with Whole Foods, introduced me to these gems. I was shocked to learn they had more dates and date paste in them than actual chocolate! And yet they're still the best truffle I've ever tasted.

Chocolate Truffles

  • 1 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 3/4 cup cacao
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes

Place walnuts into the food processor using the "S" blade. Process nuts until they resemble a flour-like consistency. Next, add the remaining ingredients and process again until well mixed. The batter will be sticky, so you will need to refrigerate it for a few hours before you can roll it into truffle balls. After the mixture has hardened in the refrigerator, roll 1 tablespoon size balls and then coat with coconut flakes. Store in freezer for up to one month or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

*Note for lazy people: these can also be bought, pre-made, at Whole Foods.