Healthy raw chocolate truffles with a chewy texture that taste of chocolate and honey. You might know these as bliss balls or energy balls. In any case, they’re delicious, naturally vegan and very quick and easy to make.
Most raw chocolate truffles contain dates, both for substance and as a natural sweetener. Dates are something I have a long association with, not just at Christmas. I grew up on date and banana sandwiches and I’ve scoffed a fair few fresh ones during my various stays in Egypt.
Fresh dates are something else all together, but as these are very hard to come by in the UK, Medjool dates are the next best thing . They are in fact known as the “Fruit of Kings”. If you haven’t tried these before, I urge you to do so. They’re big, plump, soft, fleshy and very sweet with a rich honeyed caramel flavour. In fact they make an excellent sweet treat all on their own.
I was sent a beautiful gold box of twenty Medjool dates to try before Christmas. Apart from eating some of them just as they were, I had plans to stuff them with homemade marzipan and dip them in chocolate. Sadly, I ran out of time and these plans didn’t materialise. Post Christmas, I’m keen to try something healthier, but I still want to make use of them as an ingredient.
This month’s We Should Cocoa challenge is sugar free. And with luscious dates as good as these, no additional sugar is required for these raw chocolate truffles. Dates, are of course, high in potassium and packed full of goodness as well as natural sweetness.
Just before Christmas, I’d seen a recipe in a Goodness Direct newsletter for Christine Bailey’s superfood truffles which I thought would fit the bill. Not only did it need good quality soft dates, but there were also a couple of ingredients in the recipe I wouldn’t have thought of. As it happened, I adapted the recipe quite substantially. I left out the additional sweetener (raw honey) as a) I didn’t have any and b) although I could have substituted this with any number of other sweeteners, I felt the dates would be sweet enough without. How right I was.
Raw Chocolate Truffles
As well as omitting any additional sweetener, I also changed the quantities in the original recipe and used cashew nuts and goji berries rather than macadamias and cranberries. As it happens, I’d love to have tried macadamias, I just didn’t have any. The recipe stated to roll the balls in cocoa powder, chopped nuts or desiccated coconut, but as they weren’t too sticky and I liked their speckled look, I left them unadorned. On a more practical note, CT reckoned they would be much less messy to eat this way.
These raw chocolate truffles are so simple to make and unlike ganache truffles, you’re not left with your hands and kitchen covered in sticky goo. They’re also very tasty with a nice chewy texture. The flavour of chocolate is surprisingly strong, but it doesn’t overpower the sumptuous taste of honeyed dates.
I added a few extras for additional nutrition, principally: maca, lucuma and mesquite. I noticed a slight bitterness from the maca. Despite maca being a reputed superfood, I haven’t enjoyed the flavour it brings. In fact, don’t think I’ll bother with it again once I’ve finished the packet I have.
These chocolatey balls of delicght are altogether different from chocolate truffles. But they still feel like a treat and are satisfying when the craving for something sweet descends. CT’s commented that they didn’t taste “worthy” as healthy foods sometimes can. I will most certainly be making these raw chocolate truffles again and look forward to experimenting with different flavours and ingredients.
You can see from the following recipes that’s exactly what I did.
Other Raw Truffle Recipes You Might Enjoy
- Chilli chocolate chip cookie dough energy balls
- Christmas bliss balls
- Coconut bliss balls
- Goji berry bliss balls
- Oat chocolate truffles
- Roasted hazelnut bliss balls
And if you’d like to see more raw recipes on Tin and Thyme, here’s the link to raw foods.
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Raw Chocolate Truffles – The Recipe
Raw Chocolate Truffles
- 115 g raw cashews (ground in a coffee grinder)
- 8 Medjool dates - chopped
- 1 tbsp dried goji berries
- 4 small tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp mesquite powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp water
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until combined.
- Roll teaspoons of the mixture into 20 walnut sized balls using the palms of your hands.
- If the truffles seem a bit soft, leave in the fridge overnight (I’m not sure this bit is necessary but it’s what the original recipe suggests).
Made from scratch as these were, I am sending these raw chocolate truffles to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays.
As dates were the main ingredient, I am taking D to mean Dates for Alpha Bakes with Caroline Makes this month.
I am also submitting these bliss balls to Bookmarked Recipes over at Tinned Tomatoes as I did, in fact, bookmark the recipe.
Dates are currently in season, so this raw chocolate recipe also finds itself winging it’s way to Simple and in Season. This month it’s hosted by Karen of Lavender and Lovage.
I was sent a box of medjool dates for review purposes. I was, however, not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks for your support of the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.