The holidays demand chocolate decadence. They also require ease. And a dose (make that several doses) of energy throughout.
My 3-ingredient chocolate truffles cover all the bases! They are also incredibly easy to prepare, easily accesorized with gorgeous coatings (for gift-giving “wow!”), and (shh!) are energy balls in disguise.
How to Make Vegan 3-Ingredient Date Truffles
In addition to their beauty, overall healthfulness, and ease of preparation, these chocolate truffles are also:
- Added sugar-free
You can make them on the spur of the or the very last moment, too (just what the busy holidays, and all of us, need).
Begin by soaking 180 grams (about 6.4 oz/ 1 packed cup) whole, pitted dates in boiling water. This softens the dates, making them easy to blend into a paste. Drain the dates, reserving 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the soaking liquid.
Add the drained dates to a small food processor. Add the two remaining ingredients–cocoa powder and coconut flour–as well as 3 tablespoons of the reserved soaking liquid to the processor.
Process the mixture, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom often, until completely blended and smooth. Aim for a thick, but still slightly moist paste.
Add a dribble more of the reserved liquid, or a sprinkle more of coconut flour and/or cocoa powder, as needed to achieve this consistency.
You can add kinds of flavor additions to the truffles, such as spices, citrus zest, and extracts. For a boozy truffle, consider replacing 1 to 3 tablespoons of the added soaking water with the spirit of your choice.
Divide the ball into 14 equal portions. I used my small cookie scoop, but a regular metal spoon will work, too. Once the amounts look equal (pinch off and add more to some, less to others, as needed), roll into balls.
The truffles are done, unless you wish to give them a pretty coating. It’s definitely the time of year for adding embellishments, and my suggestions only add a few more minutes prep time, if that.
Pictured here are sesame seeds, chopped pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) , cacao nibs, and Indian mukhwas (mukhwas are colorful blends of seeds, herbs, and, sometimes, small candies; festive and flavorful!). Other ideas for coatings include chopped unsweetened coconut flakes/shreds (plain or toasted), finely chopped nuts, cocoa powder, turbinado or confectioner’s sugar, finely chopped dried fruits (e.g., cranberries or apricots) or natural sprinkles.
Enjoy these for dessert or for pre- or post-workout snacking (perhaps not the boozy option :)).
Easy, no-cook chocolate and date truffles that are vegan, Paleo, nut-free, added sugar-free and all-around amazing! They taste decadent, but are rich in nutrition and only 49 calories each.
- 1 cup (semi-packed/ 180 g) whole pitted dates
- 1/4 cup (28 g) coconut flour
- 3 tablespoons (15 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- (Optional) 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Place the dates in a small bowl; add enough boiling water to just cover the dates. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Drain the dates, RESERVING 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the soaking water.
- Place the dates, coconut flour, cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons (45 mL) soaking water and (optional) salt into a food processor. Pulse, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom, until completely blended to a smooth, yet very thick, paste.
- Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, divide the dough into 14 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball (they will measure about 1-inch/2.5 cm in diameter).
- The truffles can be enjoyed plain or rolled in coatings, such as cocoa powder, powdered sugar, finely chopped seeds or nuts, chopped unsweetened coconut flakes, natural sprinkles, cacao nibs, or Indian mukhwas.
Storage: Store the truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to 6 months.
Variation Ideas: The flavor of the truffles can be varied multiple ways, by adding a small amount of spices (e.g., 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of favorite spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, etc.), extracts (e.g., vanilla, almond, brandy, orange, lemon), or citrus zest (e.g., lemon, lime, orange).
Boozy truffle variation: Replace 1 to 3 tablespoons of the soaking liquid
Coconut flour tip: If measuring with cups (as opposed to weighing), be sure to lightly spoon the flour into the cup to avoid overpacking.
- Category: Deesert
- Method: No-Bake
- Serving Size: 1 truffle
- Calories: 49
- Sugar: 9.5 g
- Sodium: 4.3 mg
- Fat: 0.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 11.8 g
- Fiber: 1.9 g
- Protein: 0.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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