In the midst of Ramadan fasting, you may be contemplating the best way to break your fast once the sun sets. We all know that tradition states that we should be breaking our fast with dates and water, as this is what the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) did during the first Ramadan. Despite this, there are ways that you can still adhere to tradition and also put an exciting twist on things. For instance, you could make date truffles that are equally simple and delicious!
With this being said, the significance of breaking your fast with dates not only comes from the Qur’an. In fact, dates have a high sugar content and they’re rich in potassium, meaning that they’re a great source of energy. Therefore, they’re ideal for replenishing your nutrients after a long day of fasting, which is why Orphans in Need has put together a recipe for date truffles to mix up your Iftaar.
Allergens: Nuts (Cashew and almond)
180g pitted medjool dates
15ml coconut oil
24g unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
¾ tsp vanilla extract
24g cashew butter
1 pinch of sea salt
56-84g almond flour
1. Line a dish with baking paper and set aside.
2. Melt coconut oil, and add it into the food processor with the pitted dates and water. Mix until a paste forms. (A blender will also work but small bits may remain: This is fine too).
3. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, cashew butter and a pinch of salt. Blend again to combine.
4. Little by little, add the almond flour in 28g measurements until the mixture forms a ball in the food processor. (You’re looking for a sticky energy bite texture).
5. Empty some cocoa powder in a bowl which will be used to coat the truffles in.
6. Use a scoop or a lightly oiled tablespoon to scoop out 1 tbsp. Roll the mixture between the palms of your hands. There should be around 16. If it is too sticky, add a bit of cocoa powder to your hands.
7. Next, roll the truffles in the cocoa powder bowl to coat them, and transfer them to the lined dish one by one. (This adds flavour and prevents them from sticking.)
8. For the best texture, transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes before tucking in.
Help Provide Someone Else’s Iftaar This Ramadan
Although we’re lucky enough to be able to make these delectable treats to break our fast with, not everyone is so fortunate. Millions of individuals across the globe go hungry on a daily basis. Be sure to donate to Orphans in Need to provide someone with an Iftaar meal this Ramadan.