Fig and Pistachio Truffles

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Nutty and Sweet with Velvety Dark Chocolate

These Fig & Pistachio Truffles are absolutely amazing, healthy treat eat in the evening or nibble on the go.  They are a great gift to give to friends and family and work really well for paired with coffee or tea.  They are a super healthy snack, high in fibre and a good source of protein.

Pistachios are a great snack and ingredient.  They are lower in calories than most nuts and contain about 20% protein.  They are a great source of antioxidants and micro-nutrients such as potassium, phosphorous, B6, B1, copper, magnesium and manganese.

Figs are high in fibre and B vitamins and taste amazing whether fresh or dried.

What you need......

Fig & Pistachio Truffles (makes about 20 balls)

  • 200g shelled unsalted pistachios (roughly 350g in shells)

  • 150g partially dried figs

  • 50g coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 150g of dark chocolate (I use 74%)

How to make them......

1. De-shell the pistachios being careful not to mix any shells in with the nuts.

2. Add the pistachios to a food processor and pulse till you get a flour like texture.  Be sure to keep about 20-25 pistachios aside to top your truffles later

3. Add the figs, coconut oil and vanilla extract to a to the food processor and pulse for two minutes till it has thick and nutty caramel texture.  There will be little chunks of nuts which make for a really nice texture.

4. Take small handfulls and roll them into balls, you choose what size you want your truffles to be.  Alternatively you can pack the mixture into silicone ice trays to get a more consistent size for each truffle.  Put your balls into the freezer for ten minutes.

5. While your truffles are setting in the freezer melt your chocolate over a ban marie.  When the chocolate is melted remove your truffles from the freezer and dip into the chocolate.  Place the chocolate coated truffles onto a tray with grease-proof paper and top with a full or a half pistachio (take off the skin to show off the beautiful green colour).

6. Pop the tray of truffles into the fridge or freezer to cool the chocolate.  When they are ready take them out of the fridge and enjoy.

Nutrition per 28g Truffle

Energy                         146ckal   603kj

Fat                               11g

Of Which is Saturates  4.8g

Carbohydrate               6.6g

Of Which Sugars         6.6g

Fibre                             2.2g

Protein                        3.1g

Salt                             0.01g

Chris Peare