No Bake Chewy Truffle Cookies

These chewy sweet cookies start with dried dates for a natural sweetness, instead of the traditional combination of milk and sugar, and[ then get mixed with some cocoa, reduced-fat peanut butter and ground whole wheat graham crackers for a quick satisfying treat.]

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
40 min

Yield:
24 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried pitted dates, 4-ounces, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat or no-stir natural chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 full sheets whole wheat graham crackers, finely ground, about 1 1/4 cups
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, not instant
  • Cooking spray
  • For coating: unsweetened coconut flakes, crushed graham crackers, finely chopped peanuts, low-fat granola, about 1/2 cup of each, optional
Directions
  • 1. Combine the dates, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat breaking up any large pieces of dates with a spoon, until the mixture resembles a thick paste, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder, butter and salt until evenly combined. Stir in the graham crackers and oats. Remove from heat.

  • 2. Lightly mist a baking sheet with cooking spray. Drop level tablespoons of the cookie mixture onto the prepared pan. Refrigerate until just chilled and set, about 20 minutes.

  • 3. Put desired optional toppings in small bowls. Roll each cookie in desired topping and flatten slightly into a plump disk. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Serve chilled.

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  • Nutritional analysis per cookie (does not include optional coatings)

  • Calories 67; Total Fat 1.5g (Sat Fat .5g, Mono Fat 0g, Poly Fat 0g); Protein 1g; Carb 13g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 1mg; Sodium 59mg


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