For the next three weeks I am on an doctor-mandated ultra restrictive elimination diet to identify potential food allergies and intolerances. I’m thrilled about it (false.) so I spent my first day figuring out how to make truffles out of the few foods I am allowed to eat.
Dark Chocolate Truffles
These are essentially mini Larabars. You could use any nut butter you want, but almonds appear to be the only nuts I’m allowed to have this month. (SIGH.) You could also leave out the cocoa powder if your boyfriend is allergic to chocolate and/or you are crazy.
- 14 Medijool dates
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 1.5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/3 cup dried coconut flakes, unsweetened
- Combine dates and almond butter in a food processor until it forms a thick paste
- Add cocoa powder and continue processing to incorporate. (If it’s too dry you can add a splash of almond milk.)
- Sprinkle coconut flakes on a plate
- Scoop out dough 1 tablespoon at a time, roll into a ball, and then roll in coconut flakes
I debated whether or not I even wanted to go down this road. If I’m allergic to all my favorite things but I haven’t known it for 28 years, do I really want to know now? Not really. But then I started thinking, “What if you’ve felt like SHIT your entire life and you never knew it because you thought that’s what life was supposed to feel like?” And then I was like, “Ok fine.”
At any rate, it pains me to admit that after just 24 hours eliminating soy, peanuts, eggs, wheat, dairy, rice, corn, oats, beans, lentils, sugar AND alcohol (among about a thousand other things)… I feel kind of amazing. But who wouldn’t feel like they were flying high after a day of ultra clean eating? Talk to me about it in three weeks…
PS – I’m not giving up coffee. Ever. Deal with it.