Chocolate almond truffles

These are easy truffles made with almond butter and dates for a healthy, paleo spin on a decadent classic.

We haven’t really created many holiday traditions in the 6+ years we’ve been married. I guess it’s a combination of  the lack of kids thing, spending 2 of the 6 Christmasses traveling when we lived in Florida and then Ulysses not really ever wanting a tree or being very festive in general. But 4 years ago my mother in law started sending us the Godiva special edition tin full of chocolates for the holidays and honestly, I’m not sure I could even think up a better tradition than that.

The tins are gorgeous. Every year the design changes and they’re seriously a work of art. I couldn’t care less about art (I can pretend to be interested inside an art museum for all of about 5 minutes before turning into a whiny 4 year old) but I look forward to seeing what they’ve come up with each year when the package comes. Obviously, they’re filled with chocolate too. 3 tiers of mostly dark chocolate.

But the best part is by far the 2 or 3 little spaces per tier where those dark truffles are. This year’s tin came last Monday and I patiently waited 4 more days until Ulysses got home to open it. He came home Friday night and within 5 minutes it was opened and he was eating one. I happened to be in the bathroom when all this occurred, came out and saw a missing chocolate in the spot that normally belongs to one of the truffles (I have the layout memorized). I tried to keep my cool and casually ask which one he ate when he turned around with half the dark truffle in his hand so I could see him pop it in his mouth right before answering me. In an attempt to salvage some optimism from the situation, I asked if it had the dark black lines or the brown lines on it (the brown lined ones being milk chocolate and obviously lowering the truffle eating offense by a few percentage points). He said dark and that’s when I wanted to cry.

So I decided I’d make my own truffles. Ones that Godiva would probably laugh at with the base being dates instead of chocolate but at least they won’t make me cry when a certain spouse pops them all nonchalantly into his mouth like we haven’t been waiting 364 days for their arrival.

I’m pretty in love with dates (I could eat them stuffed with almond butter all day long and be happy) but I’ll admit to being sort of skeptical as to how “truffle” like I could really get them when I started whirling these around in the food processor.

Surprising answer?

Very.

Apparently something magical happens when you combine dates with almond butter, coconut butter and almond extract.

I don’t know what exactly, but it gives Godiva a run for it’s special edition tin money in taste. And oh yeah, they’re freakin’ healthy to boot.

4.7 from 3 reviews

Chocolate almond truffles
 
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A healthy truffle recipe with a creamy chocolate, almond and coconut taste.
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Recipe type: truffles
Serves: 9 truffles
Ingredients
  • 10 medjool dates, seeds removed and halved
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter (I used salted as well)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup almonds, finely chopped for rolling
Instructions
  1. Combine dates and extracts in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add the almond and coconut butters and process until fully incorporated and mixture becomes smoother.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except the chopped almonds and process until mixture is sticky to the touch and able to easily roll into balls.
  4. Roll into tablespoon sized balls and set aside.
  5. Put chopped almonds in a small dish and roll truffles into nuts. You’ll have to sort of press the nuts into the truffle for them to stick.
  6. Place on a plate and refrigerate for about 30 minutes so they firm up a bit.
  7. Store them covered in the fridge.

ps- I’m guest posting today over at Sweat Is My Sanity with a Motivation Monday post. If you want to hear all about my journey to health (it’s way better than my about me page which is only outdated by like 2 years -someone want to rewrite that for me? thanks) check it out!

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Comments

  1. 1

    These truffles are perfect, better then any godiva chocolate! I’ve been wanting to recreate some chocolate truffles this year, but honestly I have been to lazy to think of a recipe, I guess my mind wasn’t in it, but you did all the leg work for me! Going to make a batch of these tonight. They look delish!!

  2. 2

    Nice work with these! They look very truffle-like. I too could eat almond butter and dates until the end of time. It’s usually they snack I have right before yoga. I like dipping the date in almond butter then coating it in ground flax. Hubba hubba!!

  3. 4

    Oh my…these sound delish! I love dates, too!

  4. 5

    I’m all for milk chocolate so we’d be able to share a box just fine :)

  5. 6

    I feel like such a slacker but I JUST recently (i.e. last week) found out that I love making things with dates! Totally sold on these bad boys…

    • 7
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      don’t…I didn’t get on the date wagon until about 2 months ago. Better late than never, right?! ;)

  6. 8

    I am constantly experimenting with date and nut balls, cocoa etc, but I’ve never added coconut oil, genius! They look amazing.

  7. 9

    Mm check out these beauties! :) These look and sound amazing!

  8. 10
    Susan Hanley says:

    This will be my first Christmas on the GAPS diet, but I can have dates … seriously, you have saved my life with this recipe! Thank you SOOOO much! Love your blog!

  9. 12

    I grew up in Southern California and had relatives in Coachella. So one thing we always had plenty of were dates. I grew so sick of them as a kid that I haven’t had one in years. But these little beauties may convince me to change my mind!

  10. 14

    I love a good no-bake cocoa powder + medjool date ball! Peanut butter, almond butter, cocoa butter, coconut – can’t go wrong adding any of them. I love all those combos.

    I have eaten more than one or two Godiva truffles in my life and if these taste like Godiva, I’m sold!

  11. 15

    anything that gives Godiva a run for their money is something i’m all up for cause those little suckers are so expensive and i’d rather make these from you – they sound good and i love that they’re healthy :)

  12. 16

    It look so delicious.Love it very much.Perfect for the holidays!!!

  13. 17

    Love that you used dates in these – what a great way to get that truffle texture without all that butter and cream. They sound really delicious!

  14. 18

    Hmmm…wonder if I could gift these this year and pull one over on the fam?

  15. 19

    I have a giant bag of dates in the pantry with a new destiny: truffles!

  16. 20

    I made these last night – sooo good! I didn’t have any almond extract so used rum extract instead – who doesn’t like a guilt free rum ball :) Thank you!

  17. 21

    I decided to add these babies to my Christmas cookie bake-a-thon last night, and boy am I glad! These are truly the most delicious treat! I love the ingredients too…just a bunch of good stuff. My husband thought these were the best of the baked goods. Thank you!

  18. 23

    I love making truffles too, and these are healthier than the average. Love it.

  19. 24

    Haha! I’m on the same page as you – it makes me want to cry when my hubby(or kids for that matter) eat something as amazing as a truffle and don’t appreciate it. Or at least don’t appreciate it like I would, haha. Love your truffles! :D

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