Date Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
These date hazelnut chocolate truffles are vegan, gluten free, loaded with fiber and naturally sweetened.
I’m by no means I’m a healthy and gluten free only blogger, but whenever I could, I like experimenting with low calorie, healthier recipes, that do not sacrifice taste and flavor. If I think something tastes funny,it is too difficult to make and ingredients are hard to find, I just wouldn’t bother to share the recipe. These truffles take only 15 minutes to make and are perfect for a healthy snack and boost of energy! I like to have one after a workout or even on the go.
Sometimes I just want to have chocolate. But not really in the form of a chocolate bar, chocolate cake or that huge Holiday edition box of Ferrero Rocher Truffles, that I have sitting on my kitchen counter.
These truffles feature Medjool dates, raw hazelnuts, raw pecans, almond flour, natural sweetener and almond chocolate ganache. Don’t worry the ganache is made with dark chocolate and almond milk.
I’ve been in love with the natural sweet taste of Medjool dates and have some recipe ideas to share on the blog in the future. But first thing first – let me share this simple date hazelnut chocolate truffles recipe.
You can chop the nuts by hand, but using a good food processor would make it much easier. I recommend that you soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes, so they get soft and sticky. This way truffle balls can easily be formed. I get my Medjool dates at Costco and they are The Sun Date brand.
For the chocolate ganache, I just used chopped dark chocolate (70 % cocoa) and almond milk.
If you’d like to skip the chocolate coating, you can coat them with chocolate sprinkles, coconut flakes of cocoa powder, or even eat them plain.
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Date Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
- 9-10 Medjool dates — , pitted
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp maple syrup — (can add more if you'd like them sweeter)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract — (optional)
Chocolate almond ganache
- 3 oz (85 gr) dark chocolate
- 3 oz (90 ml) almond milk
Date Hazelnut Balls:
Soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain water.
Chop nuts in a food processor, then add almond meal and pulse a few times. Add salt, vanilla, coconut oil, maple syrup and dates and pulse until sticky dough forms.
Remove dough and place in a bowl. Add extra sweetener if necessary.
Roll sought with your hands into small balls. (Can use a cookie scoop or 1 tbsp measuring spoon to get balls with the same size).
Bring almond milk to a boil over medium to high heat. Remove form heat. Chop dark chocolate and place in a bowl. Pour hot milk and stir well, until ganache gets smooth.
Let ganache cool to room temperature. Swirl each ball in ganache, then set over a bakining sheet lined with Silpat or parchment paper.
Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before consuming, for a more candy-like experience.
I prefer to keep them in air tight container in the fridge.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 145, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 151mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 20%, Vitamin C: 0.2%, Calcium: 36%, Iron: 1.1%
lovely truffles Mira! I love dates, hazelnut and chocolate so I know I will love these! 🙂
Thanks Manali! I love dates too!
I’ve just cooked a couple of recipes with medjools, I love them. These look so good I can’t wait to try your recipe.
Thanks 🙂 I like d the one I saw on your blog 🙂
Mira! This is really clever!! I really REALLY like this idea. They look deceptively unhealthy!! They honestly look like the truffles I get from my local gourmet store. You could bag these up and sell them!
Thanks Nagi! Yeah, I should sell them! Next time when I make these, I’ll create a smooth chocolate coating, so they look perfect for selling 🙂
These truffles look delicious, Mira! I’ve always wanted to make them with dates, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. I love your creativity! And the hazelnuts sounds like it gives these cuties the perfect, nutty flavor. Such a fun and healthy snack to just grab ‘n go! PInned!
Thanks a lot for pinning Gayle! I’m sure you’ll like these, as we like similar sweets! I chose hazelnuts, since everyone seems to be doing these with almonds, but hazelnuts are my favorite nuts 🙂
wow! I am totally going to try these they look incredible 😉 YUMMMMMM … I bet they were a great chocolate treat! pinned!
They were very delicious Michele!
These truffles are gorgeous Mira!! I adore hazelnuts, dates and chocolate.. this is a fab combination.. 😀
Thanks Arpita! I’m glad you like it!
I love your more nutritious spin on truffles. Although I think I’d do the ganache as-is! What motivation to go to the gym, getting one of these when you’re finished. Love how they only take 15 minutes, that’s my kind of treat!
Thanks Laura! They are really easy to make and taste great!
Oooh I love truffles and these look gorgeous! Pinned!
Looks delicious Mira! I’ve never made my own. It’s on my to do list now. 🙂
Thanks Valya! I hope you like them! Very easy and healthy!
I love truffles! It is like eating chocolate with a yummy surprise inside! Dates and hazelnuts sound like a great combination and I love that they are gluten free!
Thanks, I’m glad you like them, they are low calorie and gluten free, which is nice!
Ah Mira, these truffles are perfect! They will be a perfect homemade gift in a cute box for my friends! Pretty sure they will love it! Pinned 🙂
Thanks Oana, I agree!
These look amazing. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been wanting to use dates in truffles. I think you’ve just convinced me to give it a go. They’re SWEET!!
I can’t wait to see your recipe Kathi!
I love almond meal and maple syrup! What a perfect vegan treat!
They look so good, I want to take big bite 🙂
These would be the perfect healthy treat for Christmas. I love truffles and eat way too many of them at Christmas.
I agree Dannii 🙂 Thanks!
What??!!! These look soooo amazing! Great recipe! I could seriously go for one (or two!!) They look delicious!
skip the chocolate coating? I don’t think so!!
I LOVE this kind of thing using dates and have got a recipe of my own up my sleeve for some time soon. I’ve been struggling to eat healthy snacks lately so I reckon these would be just perfect!
I can’t wait to see your recipe Helen! I’ve also had a problem eating healthy snacks lately, although I really wanted to. These will make it easier, I love nuts and chocolate together!
Wow, these truffles look incredible! These are on my to make list now 🙂
Thanks Danielle! I hope you get to make and like them 🙂
Mira these look divine! And what’s better is that they are healthy so I can eat more! I love that you used dates to do natural sweetening. What brand of vegan dark chocolate did you use? I usually use semisweet vegan chocolate chips for baking but would love to find some vegan dark chocolate!
Thanks Sarah! I also like using semi sweet vegan dark chocolate chips, but a friend had recommended the Milkless brand semi sweet vegan chocolate bars and I used them in this recipe. I like the taste of this chocolate. I’ve also tried Dove dar chocolate bars, which tastes almost the same.
Thanks for the recommendation Mira! I haven’t used Milkless brand chocolate so I’ll give it a try. I usually use Chocolate Dream or Enjoy Life for vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips, but this milkless brand seems to have a lot of variety – I looked it up on amazon and they even have white milkless chocolate!
I’m planning to order more Milkless chocolates from Amazon, since my friend had ordered them from another site and gave me some, but they are not available there now. They do have different flavors and are not too expensive.
oops not sure why amazon was linked in the reply above!
Beautiful truffles Mira. My daughter and I are suckers for truffles. On the to do list for this weekend.
Thanks Kathy, I hope you guys like these 🙂
Oh my – truffles? You’re speaking to secret sweet tooth! And these are healthy? FANTASTIC! We have a ton of dates from a trip to Abu Dabi – this will be a wonderful and creative way to use them!
Wow sounds great! Enjoy the dates you got Kathleen 🙂
These truffles look amazing,Mira! Love adding healthy spins to desserts – that means I can have more right? 🙂 I can’t wait to try these – pinning!
Thanks for pinning Kelly!
These looks so good, who could resist anything with chocolate 😀 I love experimenting too, so well done on this yummy recipe.
Glad you like them Shannon!
Oh I love this!! These would make great gifts for the holidays!
What a great idea Annie!
These look wonderful! They look so decadent and I love that they are healthy. I imagine they really hit the spot! I cannot wait to try these this week! I have all the ingredients in my cupboard 🙂 Pinned!
I hope you like them Ceara!
These truffles look delicious! Turning them healthy means I don’t have to feel guilty for eating to many. 😉
Thanks Tina! I agree 🙂
Dates are so perfect for adding sweetness to desserts, it just blows my mind. They are so yummy! Your truffles are loaded with healthy ingredients but still so decadent, love that combo!
Oh my goodness, Mira! I heart dates and chocolate, and have used cocoa in my date brownies, but I would have never thought to actually dip the little bite into melted chocolate! Doah! And then you went further and put hazelnuts in there! Some of my favorite ingredients are in this recipe! Lovely and crave worthy recipe, Mira! I agree with Annie, these would make great gifts! Thank you!
Thanks a lotTraci! I also love the chocolate hazelnut combination!
I have a whole bag of almond flour and wasn’t sure what to use it in. I haven’t experimented much with gluten free baking, but have been wanting to. I think these truffles would be a good place to start! Have a great day, Mira!
I hope you like them Heather. I’ve also been mixing in some oat and regular all purpose flour in muffins and sweet breads, it adds extra fiber.
These are such a good idea, Mira! Definitely must pin them 🙂 Hope you have been doing well recently, I wish I had more time to pore over all your delicious recipes on here! Love Tash x
Thanks for pinning Tash! I’ve been doing well, no worries, come back when you have time 🙂 Heading over to your blog to see what’s new 🙂
These look like a wonderfully delicious and satisfying treat. Thank you so much for sharing!