Merry Christmas to everyone! I wish you all some lovely holidays and the best for 2011.

Our Christmas is as good as over. That’s me at 8pm at night, with the kids being up just after 6am and the giving of the presents starting at 7am.  It was a nice and relaxed day. The children loved their presents, and as we had no guests we just went through the day as it happened, without pressure to perform. Our Christmas lunch cooked all by itself in the oven, apart from a few side dishes, some of which could be prepared in advance. That’s the way I love it, and that’s how Christmas should be.
Because we live in a Muslim country, it is pure luck that Christmas Day is falling on a weekend and we can be at home together. Tomorrow life goes on as usual and back at work, as weekends in the Middle East are Friday/Saturdays.

Most probably the rest of the world will celebrate Christmas a little longer than us. That’s why I will hold back my healthy salad recipes today and save them until we talk New Year resolutions in a few days time 🙂 Having said that, I actually don’t think that Christmas meals are unhealthy in general. To me it’s more a question of portion size/portion control.
Instead I’d like to share another dessert with you: Walnut Prune Truffles. They are rich and sweet. I love the tart flavor of the prunes mixing with sweet dates and some dark cocoa. They are raw, they are vegan. I made them about a year ago for the first time. Every few months I get a craving for them. I’ve made a box of them just before Christmas. And when this post is published I will settle down with the rest of it on the sofa with a nice Christmas movie and treat myself. Merry Christmas again. Let peace and happiness come to all of you.


1/2 cup prunes, pitted
1/2 cup dried dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder + more to coat
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup

Ground walnuts to coat (optional)

Yields 20-25

In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Pulse until mixture is well combined. Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture. If it seems too dry to form, add a little water (no more than a teaspoon at a time) and pulse again in the food processor. Roll balls in cocoa powder or ground walnuts. Place in mini muffin liners. Keep in airtight container in the fridge. Leave at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.


  1. What a great recipe!!! I want to try them NOW!!!!

    Thank you for sharing it, Happy Christmas!

  2. Wow, your truffles look pretty fantastic, too!

    L ; )

  3. I am loving this recipe. I would never think of using prunes

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