Healthy Chocolate Truffles


I’m not usually a fan of so-called ‘healthy desserts’… they usually substitute too much flavor to be worth it, to me. I’d rather just eat a proper dessert less often than suffer through a lot of grainy, tasteless pseudo-desserts. So when I tell you that this is healthy AND delicious, you should trust me. Or distrust me, and make them anyway.

This recipe is basically just using a food processor to take a bunch of ingredients and make a dough, rolling it into balls, and coating in a cocoa powder and sugar mixture. So assemble all your ingredients first. You can substitute the peanut butter for almonds, just process them first alone until they’re a very fine powder. If you want to go completely vegan, substitute maple or agave syrup.


Mix in a food processor until it forms a sticky mess. If it’s crumbly and dry, just add more water, one tablespoon at a time, until it comes together.


Now pinch off about a tablespoon worth of dough, roll it between your palms to form a ball, and roll in the extra cocoa powder mixed with sugar.


When the whole ball is coated, set it aside and make the next one. Or just eat it. I promise not to tell.


adapted from Snack Girl

Healthy Chocolate Truffles
4.67 from 3 votes

Healthy Chocolate Truffles

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 balls
Author Cooking Madly


  • 1/3 cup peanut butter or 1 cup whole almonds or other nuts
  • 15 pitted dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar or granulated if it's all you have


  1. If using whole nuts, add first to a food processor and pulse until a very fine powder.
  2. Add peanut butter (if not using whole nuts), dates, 2/3 cup of the cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and water. Mix until thoroughly combined and a sticky mass.
  3. If too dry to form a sticky mass, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing five seconds between additions, until it comes together.
  4. Mix together remaining 1/3 cup cocoa powder and sugar on a small plate. Pinch off 1 tablespoon of dough and roll between your hands to form a ball. Roll in cocoa/sugar mixture until well coated.


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  • Amanda April 23, 2013, 6:08 pm

    I just bookmarked this recipe. I try to be healthy, but I feel the same way as you about healthy desserts. They look delicious and I love all the ingredients, so since you say this is worth it, I’m going to go for it! I’ll let you know after I do.

    • Cooking Madly April 23, 2013, 6:12 pm

      Thanks, I look forward to hearing how it turned out! Just don’t be like me in my latest batch and forget the vanilla. Chocolate without vanilla extract? What could I have been thinking?

  • Medeja April 25, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Too bad I have finished all dates I had.. These truffles sound very delicious!

    • Cooking Madly April 25, 2013, 6:57 pm

      That is too bad! I’d highly recommend getting more as soon as possible. Even people who hate dates have loved these. Let me know if you end up making them, I’d like to know how they turn out for you.

  • Anna August 23, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I made these today and LOVE them! Including peanut butter in the recipe is absolutely brilliant. I have to admit, I made tiny alterations using maple syrup instead of honey and a little less cocoa powder. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Cooking Madly August 23, 2013, 5:24 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you like them. The maple syrup sounds like a fantastic change, I might have to try that on my next batch.

  • karine September 3, 2013, 11:27 am

    Very yummy…a tad sweet, but great reviews with the kids

    • Cooking Madly September 3, 2013, 1:23 pm

      Thanks! Glad the kids liked it, and you can definitely cut back on the sugar. I like less sugar myself, but understand that most people prefer things sweeter so typically make them that way.

  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens September 5, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Just found this recipe over on Food on Friday, and it looks great! Pinning ASAP to share with my readers … 😀

    • Cooking Madly September 5, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Thank you! I love how it’s a great balance of tasty yet indulgent, and hopefully your readers will too.

  • Karen September 15, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Can these be frozen? I’ve made them a couple of times. True love. Want to bring them on a trip, and figured they’d travel best if frozen. Thoughts?? Thank you!

    • Cooking Madly September 15, 2013, 9:34 pm

      You can freeze dates, and peanut butter suffers some separation of oil when frozen but is otherwise fine, so I’m assuming that these should be fine to freeze, with maybe a little texture difference but probably not much.

  • peaceloveandsmoothies December 5, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Hi, I found you via Carole’s Chatter and just want to say how adorable your truffles look! It’s great when healthy recipes are also tasty, isn’t it?

    • Cooking Madly December 5, 2013, 8:10 pm

      Thank you! I do love good healthy desserts. I really must make these again soon, they were a huge hit the last time I made them.