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Dark Chocolate Truffles

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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.

Priorities.

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.

Ingredients

  • 14 Medijool dates
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup dried coconut flakes, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Combine dates and almond butter in a food processor until it forms a thick paste
  2. Add cocoa powder and continue processing to incorporate. (If it’s too dry you can add a splash of almond milk.)
  3. Sprinkle coconut flakes on a plate
  4. Scoop out dough 1 tablespoon at a time, roll into a ball, and then roll in coconut flakes

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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.

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17 Comments

  1. Annie Annie

    Um. So what are you eating?

    • Right? An incredible amount of chickpeas. Tons of vegetables. Coconut for days–coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut flakes. I’ve made coconut muffins and pancakes. Heavy on fat. Lots of it. That’s my way of trying to make up for the lack of, uh, everything. So lots of avocado, olive oil, almonds, coconut, etc. Hemp and pea protein got the OK so I supplement the severe lack of protein with that.

  2. A A

    Do you have any idea what quantity of pre-chopped dates is equal to 14 medjools?

    I hope you get the food sensitivity figured out and are on a less restrictive regimen soon!

    • Wild guess but I’m gonna say 2/3 cup… I just put 14 whole dates into a measuring cup and it was just shy of 1 cup. So I’m thinking chopped up they’d settle and take up a little less space than that…

      • A A

        Great, thanks for checking on that! I’m looking forward to trying this.

  3. These look delicious and I’m going to make them, but eek! what CAN you eat??

    • Right? An incredible amount of chickpeas. Tons of vegetables. Coconut for days–coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut flakes. I’ve made coconut muffins and pancakes. Heavy on fat. Lots of it. That’s my way of trying to make up for the lack of, uh, everything. So lots of avocado, olive oil, almonds, coconut, etc. Hemp and pea protein got the OK so I supplement the severe lack of protein with that.

  4. Jamie Jamie

    This question is not related to truffles, although I wish it was. I have been practicing yoga on and off for many years. My practice has made me both more physically healthy and mentally happy. Right now my life is settled enough so that I am being blessed with the ability to practice 3-4 times a week. I love it… but… I am also finding myself in a love/hate relationship with inversions. Every time I setup for an inversion, which sometimes I can do and sometimes I cannot even get my toes off the floor, I find myself hitting a wall of self-doubt and anxiety. This has been going on for over a month, and it is starting to frustrate me. I really want to deepen this section of my practice, but I don’t know how to push through these emotions. Have you ever felt this way? Do you have any suggestions on how I can move forward in my practice?

  5. Jen Jen

    Wow…hope that you get this narrowed down to ONE thing (and that the one thing isn’t your favorite)!

    • I have a sneaking suspicion soy is a no go for me. Chicken-fried tofuuuuuuuu.

  6. Hi Katie – I have read your blog for a while but haven’t commented… Love what you are doing with Plate Share!

    Good luck with your elimination diet. I’m starting something similar today and at this point I have to do it for three weeks as well. I’m looking forward to seeing recipes you create while on the diet.

    – Lindsey

  7. Hi Katie – I have read your blog for a while but haven’t commented… Love what you are doing with Plate Share!

    Good luck with your elimination diet. I’m starting something similar today and at this point I have to do it for three weeks as well. I’m looking forward to seeing recipes you create while on the diet.

    – Lindsey

  8. Cassidy Cassidy

    Looking into eliminating my food allergies led me to a vegan (and eventually 801010) diet and lifestyle, and I couldn’t feel better. The first few weeks I literally felt like a bottle of just opened champagne, all warmth and light and bubbles. Best wishes!

  9. Julé Creem Julé Creem

    Your body craved foods you had reactions to so your body would not go up and down like a roller coaster. You can do it. I feel so much better, it’s been over 10 years now. I am on a 4 day rotation diet so My body does not start reacting to new foods I eat all the time. When I eat foods wrong for me now, I am so uninterested in dairy, cane sugar, wheat, eggs, soy, bananas, nuts etc…I feel yucky when I eat them. It is so worth it. I got through it be making huge lists of what I could eat and getting excited about what was on the GOOD FOOD LIST.
    You have a designer cook mind you can do it!!! :)Jule

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