What do you do when you’re craving dessert, but have to have it NOW?! Whip up these chocolate nut truffles for a quick, delicious dessert! When most people think of chocolate truffles, they think of expensive shops lined with chocolate treats, but this recipe won’t break the bank. With no sugar added, these gluten-free, vegan chocolate nut truffles are a decadent treat that won’t kill your diet.
Medjool dates are a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, giving these truffles a natural boost of sweetness. Our Organic Cocoa Nibs have been fermented, sun-dried, and roasted. After roasting, the Hispaniola beans are sorted and cleaned. The flavor characteristics of fermented cocoa nibs are much richer and more aromatic than non-fermented, raw cocoa nibs. During roasting, the cocoa nibs darken to a rich, brown color and acquire the superior chocolate flavor and aroma of pure cocoa nibs.
Using a few simple ingredients, you can create a treat you and your family and friends will enjoy…IF you choose to share (haha!) This small recipe whips together in a snap if you have a chocolaty sweet tooth but only have a couple of minutes to spare.
Who knew dessert could be so simple? Don’t waste another minute and miss out on this deliciously decadent dessert.
Chocolate Nut Truffles
- 1 cup Medjool dates roughly chopped (pitted)
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped; toasted (and cooled)
- 1/4 cup Melissa's organic cocoa nibs
- 2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
- salt pinch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
- 1 teaspoon water optional
- Place dry ingredients in bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add vanilla and water and pulse a few more times until mixture just pulls together. Mixture will look crumbly but will easily form into “truffles”. (if your dates are very moist, omit the water.) Transfer mixture to a small bowl and shape into 4 "truffles" with a two-tablespoon scoop. Dust with extra cocoa powder if desired. Try to eat just one.