Seven Minute Choco-Almond Truffles

Choco-Almond Sweets
This is a quick late-night snack that we always seem to come back to. They look like the Swedish “Chokladboll” but is made without butter or sugar! The main ingredients are dates and nuts. We try to vary the taste by adding coffee, chili, lime, mint leaves etc …

Seven minute Choco-Almond Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large medjool dates, pitted
100 g dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
100 g raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, room temperature
4 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp water
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor for about 1 minute or until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolledoats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

If you do not have a strong food processor or blender, just place your pitted dates on a plate and mash with a fork until they are sticky and smooth as caramel. Then add the rest of the ingredients and knead by hand until well combined. Place in the fridge and follow the steps above.


  • Laura
    I loooooove your blog! I really want to make these for a friends dinner party, and was wondering if you used medjool dates? I only have the little dried ones, but maybe I could use more of them and soak them first.... Thanks for the great recipe!
  • sara
    Amazing, healthy, and delicious.
  • Olga
    That's really fantastic!!! Due to health issues, I am trying to reduce my intake of sugar and dairy products, however so many times I've found myself seduced by a chocolate cake... I can't possibly be happy without eating chocolate products - and this is much tastier than conventional chocolate, healthy, fast and cheap to make. Helps me to keep on track. Thanks a lot!!!
    • PCJAE
      Haha! That's exactly how I feel. I can't feel happy w/o chocolate in my day, every day!!! I can't wait to make these.
  • [...] the other day I met up with some friends for a picnic and, inspired by this recipe, I made and brought these cocoa truffles, as well as an Ottolenghi-inspired cucumber salad. [...]
  • Kanongoda,gjorde dubbel sats,minskade mängden dadlar till 17 totalt,tillsatte 1 msk mer kokosoolja. Tack! Very good, did double duty, reducing the amount of dates to 17 in total, add 1 tablespoon more of coconutoil.Thanks!
  • Diane
    Hi, After trying your herbs and pistachio falafel last week-end, I tried these truffles yesterday and brought some to my colleagues today, they are delicious!! I have the same problem as Veron though, the coconut or almonds wouldn't stick on the balls, maybe they were not wet enough... I'll try to make them a little bit more wet next time (cause i'm sure there will be a next). Thanks again for sharing all these recipes.
  • I have never made anything with dates! This looks fun and healthy. I'd love to try this out...
  • Megan
    Wondering how long these might store for and how to store them? I wanted to make them as a gift but I am going away, so they will need to sit untouched for 5 days!
  • Imola
    Hi Luise, thank you for your kind answer. I tried to make these once more, but this time I ground the hazelnuts beforehand in the coffee grinder and I also used date paste instead of whole dates... and guess what?! We had beautiful little truffles staring at us and it really didn't take us more than 7 minutes to make and to eat them :) !! Thank you again!
    • Anouk
      Was planning to do the same but how much date paste should I use? Made raw brownies already - stunning out of the freezer, give you a real boost. These truffles look so cute & perfect as a gift!
  • Veron
    these were yummy! thank you again! though how did you get the almonds to stick on? i tried warming & moistening each ball before rolling - it works with the cocoa powder but not as well with the coconut flakes (i tried desiccated & also flakes) & the almonds.
  • Sarah rock
    Yum! These are amazingly easy & delicious!! I love you two :)
  • Imola
    Hi, I've just tried to make these truffles but neither my blender nor my food processor were able to chop well the ingredients. And I thought I had quite a good machine... What's your secret, do you soak the dates and the nuts before blending? Anyway, we ate the whole thing out of the blender with a spoon and it was absolutely delicious!
    • Hi Imola! That's too bad that you couldn't get them out of the blender, but good that you liked them anyway. We always use fresh dates in this recipe, they are pretty creamy so they don't get stuck in the blender. Also, our blender is pretty good. If you use dried dates, soak them for 2 hours. If everything still get stuck in the blender, add some liquid (water, coffee, juice from lime or orange). If it gets too moist, add some rolled oats, stir around with a spoon, blend a few seconds more and start rolling! Good luck:) and let me know how it went! /Luise
  • Anja
    Hi :) Been following the blog for several months now, and I can't believe I didn't try these until now (I why I did not make them for christmas I shall never understand)! They're delicious! Really, just like Chokladboll... or havregrynskugler :) Yummy! Thanks for the recipe
  • Beck
    Hi, just wondering how long these will keep?
  • Melissa
    Wow, these are delish. Used canola in place of coconut oil and they turned out fantastic. Will definitely make again.
  • These look delicious...and dare I say healthy too? I cannot WAIT to make these. Thanks for the recipe.
  • I've recently gotten into these raw date-nut-chocolate balls myself. So good!
  • Wow, these are fabulous and they are raw. I should try this soon.
  • Cool pic ! I'm gonna make this right away for my mom's birthday. I don't have coconut oil. Gonna replace it with Clarified Butter !!
  • Pretty interesting recipe and loved how you rolled it in cocoa powder and coconut. Thanks for sharing.
  • My, these are pretty. Thanks so much for pointing them out to me! I'm bookmarking them for the next time I need a hostess gift. Great variations.
  • I absolutely love dates...what an odd thing to love, right? I call them nature's candy. I love how these only take seven minutes, the one time I made truffles was endless, rolling them into balls etc. Will definitely try these. Love the photo!
  • What great goodies!! These will be incredible treats for when the peoples invade over the next couple weeks! hehehe
  • Great minds think alike!! I just read your comment and had to check out your truffles. I've seen several variations around lately - I like that you mix the cocoa in yours. :) Thanks for stopping by my place.
  • Oneshotbeyond, Lucy and Michellee: Thanks for your kind comments. We actually make these truffles quite (very) often, and we never get tired of them. /David
  • Wow. You got me at the 7 minute remark. This is a great idea.
  • Never heard of this idea before but sounds fabulous! The truffles look beautiful :)
  • M
    These are delicious. Made them last night. I would use food processor next time as the blender wasnt getting to all the pieces (not enough water?) -- Can you tell us the other combos you made (such as chilli).. sounds yummy. thx m
    • Hi M, we stir it around with a spoon if it gets stuck in the blender, but a food processor works fine as well. To make them with coffee, just use a big shot of espresso instead of the water. Add some mentha to the original recipe for a fresh twist. We have published a recipe and picture of the chili version right here. Enjoy! /David
  • Jen
    They look delicious! Will try it during the weekend. Have never heard of the swedish version before though...

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