Cocoa-Date Truffles! (I usually call them “Date Balls” but I realize that sounds weird … )

One of my favorite yoga instructors, Dorie Silverman, introduced me to the idea of no-bake date-based sweets last winter. I basically just hung around her apartment hoping she would offer me a snack until I finally tried to make them myself and realized how easy they are! Btw – You can check out Dorie’s classes at Yogaview and Bloom. She is also featured in my Chicago Yoga Staycation post which will be out soon! 

I got this recipe from a June 2012 issue of bon appétit that was laying around. In fact, given the condition of the page it looks like the page only made it this long because someone used it for collaging . . .

Cocoa-Date Truffles

In any case, I’m glad I ran across this and tried it out!

You may know from other recipes I’ve posted that I’m big into substitutions, so make this recipe your own!

Cocoa-Date Truffles
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 and 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
3 Tbsp. (or more) unsweetened shredded coconut and/or quick-cooking oats
Pinch of sea salt

Flavoring Options (choose one . . . or so)
1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1 tsp. instant espresso powder

Coating Options
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup crushed lightly toasted pistachios (I’m going to be honest – I used pistachios and I did not toast them because I didn’t want to get a pan dirty … it was still good, but it would be way better toasted)
1/2 cup crushed lightly toasted hazelnuts

Put the cacao powder, dates, 3 Tbsp. coconut and sea salt in a food processor and process that stuff until it’s almost smooth. You can add water by the teaspoon if it’s too dry and crumbly and add coconut or oats if it’s too wet or sticky. Add your flavoring and pulse.

Scoop the mixture by the tablespoon and roll in 1 inch balls. You can even do this up to a week in advance (so good for dinner parties! Or yoga classes you wanna bring treats to!) Roll truffles in the coating of your choice.

Ok – so that’s the recipe. And here’s my confession. I just put everything in the processor (flavoring and all) and then rolled them in coconut before I put them in the freezer. You can be as simple or as plain as you want.

Enjoy! I’m available to taste test if you need someone. 😉

About susan virginia yoga

Grassroots Organizing Director for UltraViolet ( by day, yoga guide, dance partier, and red lentil soup connoisseur by night. Well. Evening. By night, I'm usually asleep.
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One Response to Cocoa-Date Truffles! (I usually call them “Date Balls” but I realize that sounds weird … )

  1. Dorie Silverman says:

    I love your blog! and not just because you mentioned me in it

    see you tomorrow xoxo d   Dorie Silverman LOVE THIS LIFE Studios Yoga classes – Privates – Professional Yoga Teacher Development 773.220.7815 


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