Healthful candy might sound like an oxymoron, but in this case it’s a delicious reality. By whirring dried figs and dates in a food processor, you take advantage of the fruit’s sweet stickiness, turning it into a moldable paste that becomes a base for a confection – no sugar needed.
Include a spice (here it is cinnamon, but ginger or cardamom also work), a bit of saltto enhance sweetness and provide contrast, and toasted nuts for richness and crunchy texture. I used almonds because I happen to have a lot around, but sesame seeds, pistachios, walnuts or hazelnuts would also do the trick and are in keeping with the truffle’s Mediterranean inspiration.
After rolling the mixture into balls, coat them in unsweetened cocoa powder, melted chocolate, chopped nuts or, as I have done, in unsweetened shredded coconutfor a festive treat that really hits the spot.