Easy cocoa date truffles require only four ingredients and are ready in under 30 minutes. These decadent vegan truffles are a perfect after dinner treat or a snack when you are craving something sweet!
I generally don’t have a huge sweet tooth, but I do have a weakness for dark chocolate. Hence my aquafaba chocolate mousse, chickpea brownies and pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipes. And, in my opinion, these cocoa date truffles top all of these desserts. They are pure, delicious deep dark chocolateness. I have these whole food plant based truffles on hand at all times, and have been known to indulge in one with my cup of coffee from time to time (ahem…every morning).
These truffles, at their most basic, have only 4 simple ingredients. I do like to make additions to these sometimes though to dress them up and change up the flavors.
- Dates – Use whole pitted dates such as medjool or deglet noor. You’ll want to soak these in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften them up and get a smoother truffle.
- Cocoa Powder – You can use regular or dutch-processed cocoa powder here. You can also roll the truffles in cocoa powder rather than coating them in dark chocolate if you prefer.
- Dark Chocolate – The chocolate is melted and used to coat the truffles. These truffles are still wonderful without the chocolate coating if you’d like to avoid any refined sugar from the dark chocolate. If you choose to skip the dark chocolate I’d recommend rolling them in one of my suggested toppings below.
- Coconut Oil (Optional) – I use coconut oil in the chocolate coating to make it thinner and easier to coat the truffles. If you are avoiding oil, you can still coat the truffles with melted chocolate, but the chocolate will be thicker and a little harder to coat.
- Extracts (Optional) – You can dramatically change the flavor of these cocoa date truffles by adding a 1/2 teaspoon of an extract such as orange, raspberry, coconut or my favorite: peppermint. There aren’t many things more fabulous than a chocolate peppermint date truffle!
- Suggested toppings – I like to sprinkle these with a little flaky sea salt when I coat them with chocolate. If I am preparing them without the chocolate coating I like to roll them in coconut, almonds, peanuts or freeze dried raspberries.
How to Make Cocoa Date Truffles
These vegan truffles are easy to make and come together pretty quickly. You will need a food processor to make these and a one tablespoons sized cookie scoop helps in forming the truffles, but isn’t necessary.
To begin, soak the dates in boiling water for five minutes in order to soften them and make them easier to blend. Drain and reserve the soaking water. Next, add the dates, cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of the date soaking water to the bowl of a food processor. If you are using any extracts, add them in here too. Process for 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times, until very smooth.
Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop the truffle batter onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Place the truffles in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until they are firm enough to roll between your palms into balls. Once the truffles have firmed up slightly, roll each truffle between the palms of your hands into balls.
Microwave the dark chocolate and optional coconut oil for 60 seconds, remove and stir until completely smooth and melted. Using a fork, put one truffle ball into the melted chocolate and roll around to coat completely. Place the fork under the truffle and tap on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place the truffle back onto the parchment paper and repeat with remaining truffles and chocolate. If you are topping the truffles with sea salt or anything else, sprinkle it on top right after coating because the chocolate will set quickly. Place back in the freezer for 5 minutes for the chocolate to harden completely and then enjoy!
How to Store Date Truffles
These vegan cocoa date truffles are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 2 weeks, but I bet they won’t last that long!