Who loves chocolate?
Dumb question. It really should read, Who doesn’t love chocolate? If you are not a chocolate lover, then stop right now and find another delicious recipe to read.
Chocolate lovers, we give you the nutritious and delicious (and ridiculously easy to make) dark chocolate date truffle!
What exactly is a truffle? It must be different than a regular piece of chocolate. By definition, it’s a soft candy made of a chocolate mixture, and is usually flavored with rum and covered with cocoa.
These are punny for your next hot date night, since well, dates are one of the stars of these truffles. But really, these chocolate-y bites of goodness are perfect for any night, since they are healthy.
But be fair-warned…these will be gone before you know it. The kids couldn’t stop eating them and of course we had to help ourselves to one every time we passed by the refrigerator. Yes, they’re that good.
We also tried making them with dried mission figs. We thought they were pretty good, but really enjoyed the taste of the dates much more. Next time we are going to try dried apricots in one batch and dried tart cherries in another.
And for those of you who are Gluten-free, these are for you. If you are also Dairy-free, then substitute dairy-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life dark or mini chips.
Feel free to add toppings from there, like sprinkles or coconut flakes!
- 12 large dates (I used Medjool and had to take out the pits, but it was easy)
- 1 heaping tablespoon raw almond butter
- 1 cup chopped dark chocolate (I like 72% dark)
- Place the dates in the bowl of a food processor (do not use the blender), cover and pulse about 10-15 times. Add the almond butter and turn on the machine until the mixture comes together in a smooth ball. In some cases, you might have to add 1 tablespoon water to the mixture, but with really fresh dates, this isn't the case.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Use a tablespoon to measure out the dough and form into balls. Place the date balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place the chopped chocolate in a glass bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir with a spoon for 30 seconds. If the chocolate looks about 95% melted (just a few small lumps) then continue mixing until completely melted.
- Place one date ball in the chocolate (do them one at a time) and roll around until evenly coated with chocolate. Lift the date ball out of the chocolate with a fork and allow the chocolate to drip back into the bowl for a few seconds. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining date-balls.
- Place baking sheet in the freezer for 10-20 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened. Remove from the freezer and transfer truffles to a serving plate. Note: if not serving right away, then transfer to an airtight storage container or zip-top bag and store in the fridge.