I’ve got such a sweet-tooth, and it’s hard resisting all the unhealthy things out there sometimes.

But if you’re like me and want something delicious that satisfies the sweet-tooth while keeping things healthy, this is an incredible recipe! These chocolate hazelnut truffles are so decadent, and you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself at all!

The best part? Dates and a touch of maple syrup add just enough sweetness without adding any refined sugar. Plus, they have a ton of great nutrients and health benefits!

WINNING!

Dates are one of my favorite natural sweeteners. I add them to smoothies all the time, and they are also perfect for these truffles.

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: n/a 

Yield: 15-18 truffles

Ingredients:

Optional Coatings:

  • ¼ c hazelnuts or almonds, ground
  • ¼ c coconut flakes, finely shredded
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder + ¼ t. each cayenne pepper and coarse salt

Directions: 

  1. Place pitted dates in a small bowl filled with warm water. Set aside and soak for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  3. Pour each selected coating, if using, onto a separate shallow, rimmed plate and set aside.
  4. Add hazelnuts to a food processor and process until finely ground.
  5. Remove the softened dates from bowl and drain off any excess water. Add dates and cocoa powder to food processor and blend until smooth, approximately 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides, as necessary, to ensure mixture is thoroughly combined.

    Tip: Add a few drops of water at a time, if necessary, to achieve a smooth consistency. Just be careful not to add too much.
  6. Add coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to the mixture and process until combined.
  7. Remove the dough from the food processor and divide into 15-18 equal-sized portions. Roll each section of dough into a ball before rolling in the selected coatings.
  8. Once coated, place on prepared baking tray and place in the refrigerator to chill for several minutes before serving.

Whether you want these as a simple treat for yourself or need them for an upcoming potluck/event, these are sure to be a hit! If you make them, let me know what you think!

Enjoy!