Travel Treats: Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles

Don’t they know we still have taste buds when we walk into the airport? Don’t they get that soggy iceberg lettuce and unidentifiable sauce-covered foods just don’t cut it for satisfying layover hunger? Don’t they know that there are only so many plane-purchased snack packs you can handle before you’re just over it?

Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles from www.aidamollenkamp.com

Well, as I’ve told you before, I’m on a plane a lot, as in biweekly a lot and I’ve had enough. So, let’s take this into our own hands and make our own travel meals! Are you with me? To do my part to ward off terrible travel meals, I’m going to start sharing with you travel-friendly foods — the ones I take with me to weather the bad food courts, lame plane snack packs, and any other travel food turmoil that comes my way.

Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles from www.aidamollenkamp.com

 In order to be deemed “travel food” I’ve decided they should meet the following requirements: 1) they taste okay or even better the longer they sit 2) they don’t smell so bad that you’re going to offend your seatmate 3) something a bit if not way healthier than the airport options.

Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles from www.aidamollenkamp.com

First up are these Date Coconut Cacao Nib Truffles. I’ve had versions of these before (often referred to as Power Bites) but never quite liked how they tasted and, frankly, found a lot of them to be dry and boring. Here I pulsed together a combo of almond butter, honey, cacao nibs, cocoa, and coconut for something sweet but not too and very satisfying. It takes nothing more than a few minutes with the food processor and then you have these bites that last up to two weeks and are infinitely better than anything I’ve recently had in an airport.