Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day needs chocolate.
And pasta… And wine. That’s my opinion, but then again, I’m always up for pasta, wine and chocolate. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day ends up on a Tuesday this year, which means I’ll be celebrating it at the hospital, working in family medicine. <— Not so romantic.
We are planning on going out for a romantic dinner the weekend before though. We’re going to one of our favorite places, which is a cozy Italian restaurant (hello pasta and wine!). I don’t believe that we need a day like Valentine’s Day to spend a romantic evening with our loved one, but honestly, I’m up for any occasion that lets me dress up and eat good food. I’m looking forward to next weekend already!
On a side note: Last week was NOT my week.
First of all, last Wednesday, I locked my keys in my office at work. I had to wait for security to come and open my door so that I could get my stuff and meet my mentor in her office. It was a bit embarrassing, but then Thursday was even worst. Here’s what happened: I went to Moncton to see my parents, who live 1 hour and 30 minutes away from our apartment. Shaun was driving and he dropped me off at a coffee shop where I was meeting up with my parents. He then drove to his class, which he has every Thursday night in Moncton. So I went out to dinner with my family, then spent the rest of the evening at their place, waiting for Shaun to finish his class. When Shaun finished, he came to get me at my parents’ place and we drove back together to Saint John. It’s when we got to Saint John, after an hour and 30 minutes of driving, that I realized I forgot my keys in Moncton… What is it with me and keys!? It was midnight by that time and I was working the next morning, so of course I couldn’t go back and get my keys. I didn’t have another 3 hours to waste! That meant I didn’t have my car keys, my apartment keys or my locker keys for work. Thankfully, Shaun was going back to Moncton over the weekend, so I only had to live a few days without my keys. It’s crazy how such a little thing can have a big impact on your routine. Shaun had to drive me to work, I had to bring spare shoes (my shoes were in my locker at work), then I had to walk back home from work. Granted, it’s just a 30 minute walk, but it just made me realize how grateful I am to have a car.
As I’m writing this, I’m realizing how boring it all sounds, but I felt pretty stupid when it happened. Lets hope this week is a little better.
I’m done rambling, now lets get back to these truffles!
These are basically truffle-shaped coconut macaroons made with wholesome ingredients. They’re made with dates, raw cashews, shredded coconut, oats, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and sea salt. All the ingredients are added to a food processor and blended until the mixture sticks when pressed between your fingers. You just need to roll the mixture into little balls, then coat them with shredded coconut. It’s that easy! Plus, they’re only 90 calories each! I’ll admit they’re bite-sized, but I find that taking just one after a meal takes my chocolate cravings away. And if not, I’ll just take another one!
They’re the perfect little truffles to share with your loved one at Valentine’s Day… Or to make and eat by yourself while watching romantic comedies. Yes, I’ll do that too!
Little bites of heaven.
Dreamy Coconut Macaroon Truffles
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon fine shredded coconut + more for rolling
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons water (if needed)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until it forms a ball or until the mixture sticks together when pressed.
- Roll the dough into 16 little balls.
- Place some shredded coconut on a clean surface. Roll the balls in the coconut until evenly coated.
If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!