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Seven Minute Choco-Almond Truffles

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.


  1. Jen
    Posted 13 Nov ’09 at 19:32 | #

    They look delicious! Will try it during the weekend.
    Have never heard of the swedish version before though…

  2. M
    Posted 20 Nov ’09 at 20:10 | #

    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

    • Posted 21 Nov ’09 at 20:35 | #

      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.

  3. Posted 1 Dec ’09 at 04:37 | #

    Beautiful and sound yummy too!

  4. Posted 1 Dec ’09 at 20:45 | #

    Never heard of this idea before but sounds fabulous! The truffles look beautiful :)

  5. Posted 1 Dec ’09 at 20:52 | #

    Wow. You got me at the 7 minute remark. This is a great idea.

  6. Posted 2 Dec ’09 at 23:12 | #

    Oneshotbeyond, Lucy and Michellee: Thanks for your kind comments. We actually make these truffles quite (very) often, and we never get tired of them.

  7. Posted 11 Dec ’09 at 00:27 | #

    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.

  8. Posted 11 Dec ’09 at 19:36 | #

    What great goodies!! These will be incredible treats for when the peoples invade over the next couple weeks! hehehe

  9. Posted 6 Jan ’10 at 15:57 | #

    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!

  10. Posted 6 Jan ’10 at 21:15 | #

    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.

  11. Posted 19 Feb ’10 at 01:34 | #

    Pretty interesting recipe and loved how you rolled it in cocoa powder and coconut. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Posted 20 Feb ’10 at 08:36 | #

    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 !!

  13. Posted 20 Feb ’10 at 14:40 | #

    Wow, these are fabulous and they are raw. I should try this soon.

  14. Posted 25 Feb ’10 at 17:18 | #

    I’ve recently gotten into these raw date-nut-chocolate balls myself. So good!

  15. Posted 8 Apr ’10 at 18:52 | #

    These look delicious…and dare I say healthy too? I cannot WAIT to make these. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Melissa
    Posted 18 Apr ’10 at 03:44 | #

    Wow, these are delish. Used canola in place of coconut oil and they turned out fantastic. Will definitely make again.

  17. Beck
    Posted 12 Jan ’11 at 13:30 | #

    Hi, just wondering how long these will keep?

    • Posted 12 Jan ’11 at 15:20 | #

      Hi Beck.
      Keep in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for months.

  18. Anja
    Posted 3 Mar ’11 at 21:28 | #

    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

  19. Imola
    Posted 10 Mar ’11 at 15:12 | #

    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!

    • Posted 13 Mar ’11 at 15:43 | #

      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!

  20. Sarah rock
    Posted 13 Mar ’11 at 15:50 | #

    Yum! These are amazingly easy & delicious!! I love you two :)

  21. Veron
    Posted 20 Mar ’11 at 13:18 | #

    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.

  22. Imola
    Posted 7 Apr ’11 at 23:18 | #

    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
      Posted 19 Sep ’11 at 14:20 | #

      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!

  23. Megan
    Posted 13 Apr ’11 at 05:02 | #

    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!

  24. Posted 20 Jul ’11 at 20:14 | #

    I have never made anything with dates! This looks fun and healthy. I’d love to try this out…

  25. Diane
    Posted 29 Jul ’11 at 14:45 | #


    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.

  26. Posted 13 Aug ’11 at 16:18 | #

    Kanongoda,gjorde dubbel sats,minskade mängden dadlar till 17 totalt,tillsatte 1 msk mer kokosoolja.
    Very good, did double duty, reducing the amount of dates to 17 in total, add 1 tablespoon more of coconutoil.Thanks!

  27. Olga
    Posted 14 Nov ’11 at 19:12 | #

    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
      Posted 9 Feb ’12 at 04:22 | #

      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.

  28. sara
    Posted 16 Nov ’11 at 09:26 | #

    Amazing, healthy, and delicious.

  29. Laura
    Posted 24 Nov ’11 at 10:30 | #

    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!

  30. Sanne
    Posted 22 Mar ’13 at 16:34 | #

    DELICIOUS recipe, thanks!<3

  31. Posted 23 Mar ’13 at 02:26 | #

    How long will these keep?

  32. Janelle
    Posted 1 Jun ’13 at 08:23 | #

    I must say I was a little skeptical with all these circulating recipes for truffles with a healthy aspect…. But oh my gosh, these are absolutely divine!!! What a wonderful treat!!! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes, the vegetarian lasagna is the worlds best and tonight we will devour the Moroccan vegetarian tagine!

  33. laura
    Posted 25 Aug ’13 at 15:28 | #

    love these truffles, I make them almost every weekend with my granddaughter who rolls them in grated coconut. thanks

  34. Posted 17 Sep ’13 at 15:13 | #

    Its luke you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book iin it or something.
    I think that you cann do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, buut instead of that, this is excellent
    blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  35. Laelia
    Posted 25 Sep ’13 at 01:41 | #

    I made these yesterday and they were were delicious! I’m so pleased to have a treat I can whip up quickly that’s not filled with butter, flour or sugar. Plus everything was in my pantry! Perfect.

    Thank you!

  36. Hannah Foley
    Posted 6 Oct ’13 at 12:40 | #

    What a great recipe! Rich and indulgent without the guilt. I’ll definitely make these again and maybe add some chilli or coffee.

  37. laura babai
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 12:04 | #

    We make these truffles every week for our family Friday night dinner. My grand daughter loves them, and knows she can only eat one. My husband is always sneaking them from the fridge. thanks

  38. funda
    Posted 27 Jan ’14 at 22:02 | #

    Been making them for a couple of months. Including the guests. They taste so good!

  39. Ingrid
    Posted 14 Feb ’14 at 17:22 | #

    Hi David and Luise! How do you think they would taste with some orange zest in them?

  40. Lea
    Posted 15 Feb ’14 at 04:39 | #

    Been following your blog for several months now; every recipe I’ve tried has been absolutely delicious !! Thankyou so much for sharing your amazing recipes and photos..I’m so grateful to have found your blog!

  41. Becky
    Posted 23 Apr ’14 at 12:27 | #

    I have been making these over Easter weekend – chocolate, coffee and mint flavour – and giving them as gifts (as well as keeping a good portion for myself :D). I and everyone else has absolutely loved them!! They are delish!!!

  42. Caroline Dawson
    Posted 30 May ’14 at 18:58 | #

    Made these this afternoon during a mammoth cooking/baking session of food for “through the week” – unfortunately there are only two left! So delicious I just couldn’t stop eating them as I was cooking.

  43. Posted 13 Jun ’14 at 01:34 | #

    These are SO GOOD! Whenever I have a sweet tooth craving, I make these really quick and they never disappoint.

  44. Tori
    Posted 20 Aug ’14 at 07:27 | #

    So so good!

  45. Val
    Posted 12 Dec ’14 at 18:54 | #

    These are the greatest chocolate truffles! Made them a couple of times, just wanted to ask how many days do they keep in the fridge? Thanks!

  46. DeeBaker
    Posted 20 Nov ’15 at 20:57 | #

    These look great. How long will they keep – I want to make them ahead of time to give away at holidays. Would they freeze well?

  47. Rosalie
    Posted 27 Dec ’16 at 20:27 | #

    I’m a huge fan of your blog and admire your wonderful work! I love love love watching your beautiful photos, reading your posts and trying your yummy recipes :)
    These truffles, I made as a christmas treat for my family and they tasted delicious, as all your recipes I tried so far :) Everybody loved them! Indeed, I had some little difficults making them because they were a bit too oily, so when I tried to form them a lot of the coconut oil went out of the truffles and the oil stuck on my hands. Do you have an idea what I could have made wrong?

  48. Iryna
    Posted 7 Jun ’18 at 04:42 | #

    Dear Luise,
    This comes with many thanks from Beijing. I have made these many times from your recipe over a course of a few years. Many people say that they don’t like dates, but in these truffles they don’t even detect them. The spices, cocoa and coconut oil change the taste of dates to an unusual very attractive adult desert. In absence of good chilli I put a dusting of Szechuan pepper and it tasted lovely. Next Saturday I am making them again to take with us to an adult party. This time I would like to add a splash of good brandy. As I use the fork method, I get better results from softest dates sold pre-packaged, but not the ones sold by weight. When we worked in Arabia, the dates were fantastic. Now we are in China and it took me some time to find the equivalent in softness and taste. I consistently use German cacao powder and get outstanding taste every time.

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