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Cashew coconut truffles

This recipe sounds A-MA-ZING - I'd love to try it, but I don't know if we can get agave here in Australia. Heck, I'm not even too sure what it is or how you use it.

Does anyone know a suitable substitute, by any chance?

 Cashew Coconut Truffles


A delicious raw dessert, chewy nutty caramel flavor sweetened with dates and agave. You can also use the "dough" to make raw cookie dough ice cream!



2.5 cups cashews

1/2 cup fine grated coconut, separated

dash salt

2 cups dates

2 tbsp agave

1/2 tsp organic virgin coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla



   Process cashews, 1/4 cup coconut and salt until cashews are lentil-sized. Remove to separate bowl. Process dates with agave, vanilla, coconut oil and water until it forms a ball. Slowly add cashews back in and process in pulses until desired caramel consistency is formed. Roll into 24 balls, each weighing 50 grams. Roll each ball in remaining coconut. 

   Dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 6-8 hours. 


Jul. 19th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch!

If I can't find some, maybe I'll substitute maple syrup. I think it would go with the other ingredients nicely.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I couldn't find any Agave in Australia -- the guys at Woolies had no clue what I was talking about. Yet it's everywhere here in the States.

You can substitute a simple syrup (homemade from white sugar) for the agave if you want, though to fully replicate agave you'll probably want the syrup on the thicker side. You could also try golden syrup (which is nigh on impossible to find here in the US!), or, as you suggested, maple syrup -- though golden syrup is obviously a bit cheaper in Aus. The problem with using golden or maple syrup is that Agave tends to be quite mild in taste, yet also quite sweet, while golden or maple syrup have their own distinct tastes which might overtake the truffles.

You could also maybe try corn syrup (though I think it might be a bit too bland?) or brown rice syrup. I have all the ingredients for those truffles at home, so I might try making half a batch with brown rice syrup and half with agave and see if there's much difference.
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips!

If you do give it a go, let us know how it turns out?