So, the kids were watching me edit the photos for these:
Valerie *squeals* *signs eat* *stares at photos* *squeals* *signs eat* *repeats until I pretend to give her a bite from the photo I was editing* *pretends to take the bites I hands her. Smacks lips* *repeats sequence* (she did not get to try the real ones).
Natalia “Me want my mom to make them again.”
Christopher *pointing to the photo* “Make those rolly things. We want to try them again,” and later “I want to eat those rolly things,” and a bit later “I am just wanting you to make those.”
Yeah. I racked up major mommy points with these. Just so you know, there were excited about the actual truffles too, not just the photo. They were not insanely decadent, but the kids thought the were incredibly awesome.
There is not much I find more exciting then the pure joy in a small child’s eyes. Thankfully, as I have been a mom for a bit longer, I am realizing how simple the things can be that make them feel special. Because, as cool as it is, my time is limited. I rarely have time to make complicated pinterest-crazy awesomeness.
Occasionally I do do something pretty special. Like “pretty princess birthday cake” and “giant cookie ice cream rocket cake with fires” for birthday parties. But, it is few and far between. And often…well thankfully my kids are easily impressed. (Click the links above to see my rough interpretations of their dream birthday cakes.)
But usually, it is something like this- pretty much a bliss ball that is just a bit more special. Or letting Natalia dress me up like a princess…or using their face plates. So much fun to be had when you get to see the incredible world through three youngsters!
Chocolate Mint Truffles.
While I do make “real” desserts for the kids (see cakes above), I find that they are as happy with healthier ones like these. So, I definitely take advantage of that!
I chose to use dates as the main body and sweetness, a bit of honey to make them special, and of course lots of fresh mint. To give them a fudgy texture I used coconut oil, which solidifies when cold. There is absolutely no funky ingredients, or refined sugar in these.
Cool mommy points + a dessert I don’t mind my kids having! Win-win.
- 10 oz medjool dates (~10-12)
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cocoa powder (plus more for dusting)
- ½ cup loose mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Blend everything together in a food processor.
- Shape into twelve balls. I used a small cookie scoop, and since they were sticky used another spoon to help me get the mixture out.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to help set up.
- Shape into balls, and roll in cocoa powder. Refrigerate again until ready to eat. I thought these had optimal flavor the next day as the mint really infused the truffle by then.