You probably thought you were done hearing about our wedding, didn't you? You know how people say "it's my birthday week" or "it's my birthday month"? Well it's our wedding decade, alright?! (Indulge me for a bit longer, will you?)
When we mailed out our wedding invitations, the RSVP postcards had a recipe card on the back that asked our guests to "please share a favorite family recipe." We ended up collecting 68 time-tested family recipes that filled my grandma's wooden recipe card box to the brim. Occasionally we flip through them, quizzing each other on dishes based on the ingredients. Yet for some reason I've still only shared one of the recipes with you (Lana's BEST EVER Mac & Cheese). Let's change that.
Starting with these Healthy Nutella Pistachio Truffles that I adapted from one of these recipes and a (free!) downloadable RSVP Recipes cookbook.
Given my obvious love for hand-written recipe cards that trade hands through the years, I picked a small collection of our RSVP recipe cards to put into an e-cookbook of sorts to pass along to you (that's what recipes are for, right?).
You can download the whole cookbook as a PDF here. Now you can be part of my family too. I broke in Osvaldo's Tostones recipe with a few stains already. Consider it loved.
Let's talk more about the food that inspired this recipe book.
The recipes in the e-book and the one shared here are just a sprinkling of the large collection of mouth-watering recipes our friends and family sent us. And it doesn't include some of the more amusing ones that ranged from an ingredients list that read: "Sorry, mom's in Korea so I don't know exact measurements" to our friend who signed her Indian-Spiced Brussels Sprouts "From the kitchen of: Wen-fai...I made it up just now=)"... to the two shown below for amusement (click to enlarge, if needed).
To see one of these passed on RSVP recipes in action, I adapted her recipe to make these Healthy Nutella Pistachio Truffles. The plan was to bring some of them to the neighbors and to give a couple to thank Alanna for letting me taste her chocolate and pistachio butter cups. My plans were well-intentioned, but then something happened.
I accidentally ate them all. (#sorrynotsorry)
These healthy nutella truffles don't taste exactly like the stuff you eat by the spoonful (no? just me?), but they've got cocoa powder, hazelnuts, and a bit of honey to remind you of that faved creamy snack. They're soft and chewy, with deep cocoa making them taste like decadent candy. Sweetened only with dates, figs, and a bit of honey, they're still nectarous enough to satisfy your midnight craving, but just enough that you can easily eat a dozen in one sitting. With no guilt. Add these to your holiday cookie platter and they'll be the first to go.
- ¼ cup 2 tablespoons oat flour (I make this by grinding gluten-free oats in my blender until fine)
- 8 pitted dried medjool dates (About ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons)
- 6 dried figs, stems chopped off
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus 1 tablespoon for rolling
- ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons pistachios, finely blended in a food processor for rolling
- optional: Flaky sea salt for sprinkling
- Place the oat flour, dates, figs, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, hazelnuts, honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a food processor and process until smooth.
- If it is too dry to stick together, add one tablespoon of water and blend until smooth. Likewise, if it's too dry, add a tablespoon of oat flour. You want it to be a tad bit sticky to it can easily roll in the cocoa powder.
- Roll the mixture into 14-16 balls, about a tablespoon each, until they are firmly held together.
- Place the pistachio powder and cocoa powder on two plates.
- Roll each ball in either pistachio powder or cocoa powder (Or, my personal favorite: pistachio powder first, then cocoa powder second).
- Chill an hour before serving. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Adapted from The Picky Eater