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5 from 15 votes

10-Minute Chocolate Truffles (Date-Sweetened)

Fudgy, rich, healthier vegan chocolate truffles made with whole food ingredients! Just 10 minutes and 7 ingredients required, naturally sweetened with dates, and full of healthy fats from cashew butter and almond flour!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 16 (Truffles)
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week

Ingredients

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted (about 3/4 cup or 180 g packed)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder or cocoa powder (plus more for rolling)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cashew butter (or sub other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 healthy pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup almond flour

Instructions

  1. Line a small plate or dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add pitted dates, melted coconut oil, and water to a food processor (a blender can also work, but not as well). Mix until small bits remain or a paste forms.
  3. Add cacao powder, vanilla, cashew butter, and a healthy pinch of salt and blend again to combine.
  4. Next add almond flour in 1/4-cup (28 g) measurements until the mixture forms a ball in the food processor. Scrape down sides as needed. You’re going for a sticky energy-bite texture (see photo).

  5. Use a scoop or lightly oiled 1-Tbsp measuring spoon to scoop out 1-Tbsp amounts of the mixture to roll into balls between the palms of your hands. They can stick a little bit if you work slowly, so try not to overhandle them. If too sticky, add a bit of cacao powder to the mixture and/or your hands to limit sticking.

  6. Transfer to the parchment-lined plate or dish to prevent sticking. Repeat until all truffles are formed — as recipe is written, about 16.

  7. Optional: Empty a small amount of cacao powder into a shallow dish or bowl and roll the truffles around to coat. This helps prevent them from sticking and also adds a more intense chocolate flavor.

  8. At this point you can enjoy them as is. Or, for a firmer truffle, transfer to the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Store leftover truffles covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of almond flour.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 16 truffles)