Dried fruit such as figs are really sweet and thus they can be used in many recipes substituting sugar. Today I used dried figs and carob powder in order to make easy and very healthy vegan truffles which provide us with a considerable amount of calcium and beneficial fats among others. These truffles are simply wonderful, as long as we like the slightly special taste of carob. Personally I love it!
Sometimes when I make this recipe I use roasted carob powder, the flavor of which somewhat resembles cocoa, but of course if you follow 100 % raw vegan diet you can use raw carob powder as well as raw agave syrup or other liquid sweetener instead of carob syrup which is not raw.
- 2 cups dried figs
- 1 ½ cups finely grated coconut
- ½ cup agave syrup or carob syrup
- ½ cup ground flaxseeds
- ½ cup walnuts or hazelnuts or pistachios or Brazil nuts coarsely chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon or orange zest
- 1 cup raw or roasted carob powder
- little extra carob powder and coconut for dusting
- Soak the figs for 1-2 hours in plenty of cold water until soft and drain well.
- Place the figs in the food processor together with the agave syrup and process for 2-3 minutes, until a relatively smooth paste has been formed.
- Add the remaining ingredients except from the chopped nuts and continue processing for 2 more minutes, until malleable dough has been formed.
- Put the mixture on the kitchen bench surface and press slightly with your hands. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and knead until incorporated.
- Shape walnut size truffles with your hands and roll them into the carob powder or the grated coconut.
- Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.