Christmas Truffles

The festive season is upon us and to me that means, at least in a food sense, mince pies, one of my all time favourite foods. In the past I have been known to eat my way through a small mountain of them, and whilst great for my tastebuds it isn't so great for my healthy lifestyle. So this year I decided to create a healthy alternative. 


  • 200g Good quality dates
  • 40g Chopped almonds
  • 75g Cranberry and Blueberry mix
  • 10g Fresh orange zest
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 35g 90% cocoa chocolate
  • 20g white chocolate
  • Goji berries and holly to decorate

Cooking Times

  • Prep Time : 20mins
  • Cooking Time :


De-stone the dates and add to a food processor along with the almonds, cranberries, orange peel and spices.

Blitz until it the mixture begins to form a ball, this may take a few minutes.

Roll your mix into small balls and place on a tray in the fridge to cool down and set for fifteen minutes.

Melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie and carefully coat your mince pie balls in the melted chocolate and put onto a sheet of baking paper (helps them not to stick to anything) on a plate and pop them in the fridge.

Once the chocolate has set melt the white chocolate in a bain marie and add a small amount to the top of each truffle. Quickly place them back in the fridge to prevent the dark chocolate melting.

Finally garnish with small sprigs of holly and goji berries for that festive Christmas pudding look.

It’s as simple as that, and they are truly delicious. And remember, for more recipes and food inspiration follow me on Twitter @MarcusLeachFood

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