Maybe, if you saw my last post for date paste, I got you all excited about special fruit-sweetened recipes coming up. These actually aren’t those treats. They are full on sweetened, delicious and indulgent truffles that my family fell in love with. I even gave them to visitors who we had over, and they didn’t know that these were grain-free, paleo treats without any real Oreos in them at all!
The base of this recipe is actually the very first recipe I ever posted on my blog, Oreo Cream Pies. The cake-like cookie ends mashed with rich coconut cream make the perfect truffle center. I remember first seeing oreo truffles when my friend made them for a family party, and thinking they were the perfect truffle. Well maybe that’s because my friends and I used to love oreos. Loved them enough to have a pack at every middle school sleepover growing up, and they were always the first things gone. Wow, I used to eat a LOT of sweets/junk foods, but I digress. How is a cookie mashed into a truffle not genius? Since I made the oreo cream pies, I’ve known that I wanted to re-create oreo truffles too. Well, here they are!
I’m going to switch gears here, and talk about my my vacation in Denver while you look at pictures of creamy, chocolaty truffles. Basically I could go on for hours about how in love I am with the city and everything that I saw/did there, but I will keep it short and sweet.
The view was stunning. Obviously I knew that mountains existed, and I had seen photographs of them before, but nothing compares to the real thing. It’s almost as if you can’t believe they’re really there on the horizon, until you’ve had the chance to see them with your own eyes. It was the first time that I could look out and not see just flat land and sky. I can’t describe the scenery as anything other than beautiful.
While there, we also plenty to do. We visited Boulder and the CU campus, explored downtown Denver, drove up a mountain or two and saw the botanic gardens. We also ate out at restaurants which is completely fun and different, as we rarely eat out at home. I think I went out to eat more times in one week than I have in the last 6 months. At the request of Juli Bauer of Paleomg, I had to get a burger from Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. She always posts pictures of her Bad Daddy’s delicious looking burger, and I couldn’t pass one up. That was honestly the best meal I bought while I was there. If you live in Denver, or have one near you, seriously check it out.
The other fun thing about Denver and Boulder are the fair share of 100% gluten free or Paleo Restaurants. I checked out a few, like Shine Restaurant, Mmm…Coffee and Fresh Thyme Eatery. Fresh Thyme, located in Boulder, was probably the best of the three based on what I ate while there. Although, it was very fun to be able to buy a cupcake (nut-free, chocolate-free and filled with jelly) that I can actually eat from Mmm…Coffee.
All in all, the food scene is extremely gluten-free/paleo friendly and delicious!
The last thing that I want to mention is something that I also touched on in a previous post. I had said that we entertained friends who live in Colorado, and made fish and brussels sprouts salad from Against All Grain. Well, two nights later they then had us over for dinner and made a fully paleo-compliant dinner for us! Going to peoples houses for dinner can be scary when food allergies are involved, and it never really happens for us, but they did an amazing job! I realized how much I love entertaining and having company over for dinner, and vice versa. I get excited to serve other people food, and also to try flavors that other people cook and love. I guess that’s just the big foodie in me. When we had them over again the night before we left, I made stuffed peppers that were also a huge hit. I promise I’ll make them again very soon so that I can post the recipe, mostly because I really want to eat them again.
I’ve already mentioned more times than necessary that I fell in love with Colorado, so it should come as no surprise that leaving was the absolute saddest thing. As soon as we crossed the border into New Mexico I wanted to turn right around.
Was that short and sweet? Well, I tried.
- 1 Batch Oreo Cream Pies (Cookies only)
- ¼ Cup coconut cream (full-fat) or sub canned coconut milk, refrigerated overnight.
- 2 Tablespoons organic palm shortening
- ½ Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon pure maple syrup
- ½ Cup chocolate chips
- ½ Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons coconut butter
- 1-2 Tablespoons coconut oil (depending on desired thinness)
- 1 Teaspoon honey
- Drop of pure vanilla extract
- First make the cookies according to the recipe. Don't make the cream filling for the cream pies!
- While the cookies cool, combine the truffle cream ingredients. Crumble the cookies into the cream, and mix well to fully incorporate all the ingredients. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Scoop the truffle mixture into equally sized round balls and chill for an hour.
- After chilled, melt the chocolate chips and stir in the oil. Coat each truffle in the melted chocolate. I find using a fork makes this the easiest, by letting the truffle sit a top the fork (not stabbed!) with the excess chocolate running off between the fork tongs. A slotted spoon would work as well.
- Drizzle the truffles with the coconut drizzle (optional) and return to the fridge to chill before serving.