Two weeks ago I went to a Paleta event at founder Chef Kelly Boyer’s home in Venice Beach. Paleta is an organic, sustainable, and gourmet meal delivery service that can make you food that’s all-around healthy, or that meets specific dietary restrictions like gluten, dairy or nut allergies. There was beautiful food all over the place, so of course I tried a little of everything. And it was all completely fantastic. The dishes tasted great and were incredibly creative (black cod cooked with a red grape and shallot salsa, omg!!), but the best part was that I knew that what I was eating was healthy so I didn’t feel guilty about over indulging a little, and I definitely over indlulged when it came to these little peanut butter-y truffles they had on the coffee table in the living room. They were just simple-looking little peanut-butter balls, but they had bits of other things mixed into them, which I think were little pieces of other types of nuts and dried fruits. They were amazing….so much so that I couldn’t stop thinking about them for days afterwards. Alas, in an attempt to solve this mental hurdle, I decided I had to try and make them myself since my Paleta meal delivery wouldn’t start for another week and I was getting desperate. Not even good ol’ pb & j’s were resolving this maddening craving. It had become a serious problem. So, I put together the ingredients that I thought would be healthy and tasty enough to recreate the magic of the truffles and voila! Here they are, tasty and adorable and much better for you than a regular truffle. They’re not quite the same as I remember Paleta’s, but I will just have to go back to the source for those! Thank you Paleta and Chef Kelly for the inspiration!
Nutty Peanut Cranberry Truffles
- 1 Cup Almond Butter salted
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter
- 3/4 Cup Peanut Flour
- 2/3 Cup Dried Cranberries chopped
- 1/2 Cup Walnuts
- 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Oatmeal blended until fine and powdery
- 2 Tablespoons Almond Milk or regular milk
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Packets Powdered Stevia or 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- Crush the walnuts with the back of a spoon until they have been broken into pea-sized pieces. Mix together the peanut and almond butters until smooth and completely combined. Add the peanut flour, oatmeal, milk, stevia, and vanilla extract and stir until a smooth dough forms. It will become very thick so you will eventually have to knead it with your hands. Add the dried cranberries and walnuts and knead into the dough until they're evenly distributed.
- Pour the powdered sugar onto a large plate and set it aside. Take roughly 1 tablespoon of the dough and roll it into a smooth ball in the palms of your hands. Then roll it in the powdered sugar until it has a very light coating of the sugar and place it on a separate serving dish. The powdered sugar coating will fade visibly, but the sweetness will remain so not to worry. Repeat this process until all of the dough has been made into truffles. Place the plate of truffles in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to help them stiffen up a bit. Then, enjoy!