Overview

These simple little raw chocolate truffles taste just like the real thing. Dates, walnuts, cacao, seeds and salt combine in a food processor. Roll them in cacao or dried coconut for extra pizzazz. Garnish with goji berries for added color.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    8 servings
  • Yield

    8 truffles
  • Shelf Life

    5 days in fridge
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Process the nuts/seeds in the food processor. Keep processing them until you can't see the nuts anymore, but stop processing before they get too soft looking.
  • 2. Add the dates, seasalt and cocoa powder. Process again until everything is well mixed and clumped together.
  • 3. Roll the balls in your hand and form balls.  Some people like to roll completed truffles in goji berries, cocunut, cocoa powder, etc., but I prefer mine simple.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw chocolate truffles were the very first raw food that made me certain that I could become a raw vegan for an extended period of time.

This recipe just requires a food processor and a few ingredients.

These are also delicious if you crumble a truffle or two on top of sliced bananas or other chopped fresh fruit.

Good luck and enjoy these simple, sweet raw treats.

 

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Fat, Carbohydrates, and Sodium.

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Hi - what could I use instead of dates?

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Really yummy. I substituted dried prunes and Raisns for the dates. Thanks for the recipe.

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Hi Rachael, you can use raisins instead of dates in this recipe.

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Mira's Review

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These sound amazing, exactly what I was looking for! Will try them!

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Enjoy, Mira! :)

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Hey, what can I use instead of dates and any other dried fruit?
Honey?

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Hi Laragh,

Dates are usually used for STICKINESS (to get the recipe to stick together) AND sweetness AND as SUBSTANCE/BULK.

So... when substituting something other than dates, you need to consider all of those elements.

In this recipe, you can use raisins instead, but raisins are not quite as sweet so you may need to add a bit of honey

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I think this will be my first recipe I try from you :D so perfect for the opening of a Lush store :) Thank you so much :)

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Oooh, sounds like fun. The truffles would definitely suit! :)

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I would love to make this. This looks yummy and the recipe is so simple for me being a starter in cooking so I can easily make it. Thanks for the recipe Rawtarian :)

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Hope you've tried and liked! :)

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Not yet, but I am going to try this weekend for sure :)

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:)

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I made these in my mini processor- the Cuisinart wand one because I use it to shred my apples for the breakfast cereal (which by the way, I am addicted to). I did it that way because it was late at night when I got a craving for something snacky. The seeds must not have blended fine enough and I couldn't form a truffle ball, so I stirred in some coconut butter and put the lot in the fridge. The next morning, I used a small melon scoop to form the truffles and my goodness, they are perfect. I will make this again, and again and again! Thank-you for all of your raw food support!

MaSteffie

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Good thinking! I'm glad you liked these!

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Oh these were really, really good. Your recipe directions didn't say when to throw in the sunflower seeds but after making your raw carrot cake recipe, I knew they needed extra chopping time in the food processor so I took all the ingredients out of the mixing bowl, chopped up the sunflower seeds then combined everything again. Anyway, they are mighty good! Thank you!

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Hi Cindy,

So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for your note re: sunflower seeds - I changed the instructions and made it clearer.

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Just made these with prunes as suddenly realised I had forgotten to buy any more dates! Seemed to work ok and still taste good!

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Prunes are a great sub for dates in many recipes, this one included :)

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Can these be made in the vitamixv..maybe in dry caraffe ?

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Not really, Suzi. They will get all munged up

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How long will these keep? I made a huge batch, put them in cute little jars as gifts, and now our holiday party has been rescheduled due to weather! Should I freeze them, or keep them in the fridge?

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Hi Mike! I'd freeze them, then defrost the day before. But generally they're good in the fridge for 5 days or so

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I'm actually addicted to these now! :-) They're so easy and delicious. I've made 2 batches in maybe a week? My partner (Mr. sweet tooth) has also decided he would be happy to substitute all the junk he eats with these (or anything as equally delicious). You have revitalised my interest in raw food, so now I'm gonna splash out and get a dehydrator....if for no other reason than to try your cracker recipes which look delicious! Thank you for making raw food much easier than I have seen on other websites!!!

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Not a bad addiction to have, Aoife!

So glad to have you here with me, and glad you've got a renewed zest that Mr. Sweet Tooth can benefit from :)

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Pumpkin seeds in the shell OK?

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Nope, don't do that. :)

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Healthy Explorations's Review

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Hi Rawtarian,

I am so glad I found you, as this evening I was craving a chocolate dessert and was on the verge of going out to buy one, however was so much better off making a batch of these that I found from you! So grateful and appreciative of your recipe as it was quick so that I could satisfy my craving promptly!

I did make some changes to it, the reasons leading to my next questions for you - but they turned out fab!

I mixed dates, coconut oil, almond meal, cacao powder.

I didn't even use any fixed amounts of each, I just guessed for each portion and surprisingly, to my huge delight, they turned out perfect, making 15 delicious balls. I cannot wait to make them again!

Questions:

- I used almond meal because I do not have a food processor as of yet, although I am looking for one. Are there any you would recommend or know of that are good but not too heavily priced, for your recipes which call for quite a lot of crushing of nuts and hard to blend ingredients, such as dates? I would prefer a blender/food processor all in one

Other than that, what do you think of using almond meal as a quick alternative to crushing nuts. I personally found it extremely delicious. I am yet to try but I am sure one could also use parts of flaxseed powder and LSA?

Thank you again and so happy I found you!

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Glad to be able to talk you down off the ledge lol

Here is the cheap food processor that I own - it gets bad reviews on Amazon but it's cheap and it's the one I've been using for almost 4 years! I don't have a problem recommending it, it's the Black and Decker Quick and Easy: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4

Re: using almond meal instead, it is an option in a pinch, but will definitely get frustrating over time.

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Haven't tried yet, but on my to do list. I noticed the ingredients say cocoa powder, but the instructions say carob powder. Can you confirm?

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Hi Carol,

Good eye! Thanks for catching that. I have corrected the recipe. I recommend using cacao for this recipe.

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Lance's Review

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I made this recipe and topped it with a chocolate ganache and shredded coconut- fabulous.

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Hi Lance! Sounds divine. What kind of recipe was your choco ganache? Sounds yummy.

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Hi LJ,
I mix cacao, coconut oil and honey or agave in a bowl and whisk them all together. Too much of the sweet stuff and it may not set. I like it to be a fairly thick mixture. It has a dark chocolate taste. This works on your brownies and the cranberry torte I make.

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Hi Lance. So simple and sounds delicious! Sounds similar to my 1minute choco fudge, which I've never really made in a large scale, but it would be perfect on top of berry pies and such. I should do that more! And would look nice in photos I bet.

PS: Mmm cranberry torte! I like the sound of that. Especially with fresh cranberries around Xmas! Adding to my "to make" list

you are inspiring me today.

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Chrissi's Review

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Used pecans and cashews, rolled in coconut. Awesome.

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Love it Chrissi!

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Rachel's Review

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I have now made 3 batches of these truffles - there sooooooooo good and really easy to make, I was really surprised how nice they were. I am going to attempt to make your carrot cake tonight. Thanks for such a great website.

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Hi Rachel, So glad they turned out well for you. And consistently too! Hope the carrot cake fares the same :)

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I made them with the recipe and did 3 typss one rolled in coco one rolled in coconut and the other with peanut butter Centre. Yum.

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Yum indeed Emily!

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I made these and they are simply heaven!! Thank you for the recipe.

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My pleasure, Marg! So glad you enjoyed the truffles :)

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I attempted this recipe and could not get the mix to clump together. It stayed crumbly, even with the dates (not Medjool)! I even added a few extra. What did I do wrong?

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Hi Wendy, methinks you didn't process them for long enough in your food processor

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A real treat !!!! My kids love these truffles and they are usually picky on food. Thanks for the recipe.

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Really yummy. I substituted dried prunes and Raisns for the dates. Thanks for the recipe.

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So glad you enjoyed, Phil. Excellent substitutions.

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Hi - what could I use instead of dates?

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Hi Rachael, you can use raisins instead of dates in this recipe.

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I do not have a food processor, can I use my vitamix?

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Hi Claire, no sorry, it's going to be too dry to work in  blender

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Hi I would just like to thank you for sharing your amazing recipes!!!! I have been making my own over the last year and i love to find new ideas! I am always looking for un treated food that is kepted as natural as possible, as nature intended it to be! You are an inspiration thank you!!!
I. Live in Australia, melbourne, we dont have much to choose from when it comes to dinning out it is almost impossible to find a raw food reaturant!
I will certainly keep looking at your web site and purchase your products.
Kind regards Gracie

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Hi Gracie, such lovely comments from a lovely lady!

I too live in a place (rural Canada) where the nearest raw restaurant is... days away! That's why we have to find friends and places online to get good raw community going :)

Glad to have you here Gracie.

Warmth

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Hi from France!
I've just made your chocolate truffles and they are DELICIOUS! I used cashew and almonds, mixed with half prunes, half dried figs plus some cocoa powder. Finally I sprinkled them with coco powder, the yummiest treat ever!
They actually taste like the french truffes we have at Christmas, but so much healthier!! Thanks for the recipe :)

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Hi Celine, so glad you enjoyed! And it sounds like you used my recipe as a jumping off place and you've created an interesting yummy truffle recipe on your own. Well done and glad that you shared it with me :)

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Do you need to soak the dates or just toss them on in the processor?
Thanks!

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Never mind I just read the above comment. :-)

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:) LeeLee

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I look forward to trying this recipe. I really like the simplicity of the recipes on your site. Do you soak the seeds by any chance? Thank you.

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hi Larry, it is not necessary to soak unless I specifically state that they should be soaked. So assume no soaking unless you read otherwise in the recipe

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I have just found you randomly when I typed 'raw food' in google. You are great and your recipes are incredible and so simple. Looking forward to making those brownies, and your raw breakfast. Thank you for the inspiration. Kate

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Glad to have you here, beautiful Kate!

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Looks yummy! I love the use of sesame and pumpkin seeds. Delicious! Cheers

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Thanks Amy!

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Hi, love your website and pod cast! Thank you.
I'm very new to raw foods.
I tried make these to balls but it is too powdery to handle. I use organic coco power instead of raw. Could it be a reason why?
Still taste great with powder though.

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Hi Ayako, great to hear from you! I am thinking that perhaps your nuts were not oily enough, or perhaps you didn't process them for long enough. Glad they still tasted good though :)

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I got a similar recipe from a "raw" friend. It uses raw cashews, raw cacao nibs, both ground, and agave nectar. Rolled in raw cacao powder, put in the fridge for a couple of hours.... to DIE for!
Love your site and can't wait for the app!!

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Sounds soo yummy! I love cacao nibs but I don't get to have them very often because they can get expensive and I gobble them up way too fast, hehe. Glad to have you here Mareile :) Hope you will like the app!! xox

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these turned out great! Made then for my yoga class and can't wait to share them. Looking forward to playing with other ingredients--maybe some maca and mesquite, nibs and gojis. These will definitely be a regular thing. I ended up not having enough dates (having snacked on a few ahead of time) so I added just a dollop of coconut oil and some coconut crystals. Made them a bit more decadent but still very delicious. Thanks for the great recipes!

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Sounds deelish! Hope your fellow yogins enjoyed?

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Just made these with raw cocao and they are now in the fridge. Yum! I added cashew instead of sesame seeds and a dash of vanilla essence. Thanks for the recipe. I look forward to playing with other flavours

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Sounds yummy Claire!

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Hi Rawtarian!
I am writing from Peru.
May I use agave syrup instead of dates? What would be the equivalent measure?
Thanks and congrats, love your site!

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Hi Gabriela,

No, sorry, you cannot substitute agave nectar for dates in this recipe.

You can try substituting prunes, raisins or dried (but moist) apricots though.

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Wow - these are tasty! I used sunflower seeds and cashews. I did not have powder so I used raw cacao nibs. Result - choco chip truffles! I did have to add just a couple drops of water to be able to shape, may not have processed the nuts enough?? Great recipe!

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I agree that it may be that you didn't process enough. I am impressed that you used cacao nibs. I am way too over-protective of cacao nibs - I am too cheap to use them for anything lol

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I made these tonight and am addicted. I used half a cup combined of shaved almonds and salted cashews, added 7 dates , blended in the food processor and rolled into cocunut... cost me 2.50 to make it!

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Awesome. Cheap to make and a great sweet snack, huh?

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I made these yesterday with cashews and pumpkin seeds...so good I could eat them all day long!

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Love it! I love to crumble them on top of bananas

Yum!

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Those sound yummy, but I am looking for a smooth and creamy version like those naughty truffles covered in powdered cocoa that just melt in your mouth. Do you have a recipe? Love your site by the way

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Try my raw choco brownies instead? http://therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe/

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Made these for after dinner. I used pecans, sunflower seeds and raw cacao. Very good! My son, who is super picky, even liked them. If he had known there was nuts and seeds in them he wouldn't have tried it. This is a yummy treat I can feel good about giving to my kids.

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Hidden healthy food is the way to go :)

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Copacker sought

Hi,

I represent a raw vegan chocolate company in NY. We are in a few whole food regions and sell thousands of bars. We do Tempered chocolates, truffles etc, and are looking for an automated copacker to manufacture 6 to 12 of our products. Cert organic is needed and kosher is a plus. Does anyone know of a copacker for truffles? Our products are vegan.

Thank You!

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Sorry, I don't know anything about mass production.

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can i use cocoa powder instead of carob powder?

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Yes, definitely!

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Newsflash -- This raw brownie recipe is WAY better than the above and you can make truffles with it too (but probably not as healthy)!!

http://therawtarian.com/raw-brownie-recipe/

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I've seen these in a raw food establishment in the Seattle area.. yum !

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LOVIN your site! I'm from Barrie Ontario, fellow Canadian!

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Woohoo, Canadian raw foodies!

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Thanks for your comment, Amanda! I used to be addicted to this raw truffle recipe. I don't make it as often anymore, but it's comforting to know that I could whip up a batch of these raw truffles in about five minutes if I ever need a sugar fix. :)

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Totally agree. I tried and my kids loved them. Thank you for the recipe.

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Those look delicious.

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Totally agree. And healthy as well.

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