These make a great gift or are the perfect thing to have in the fridge for a post-dinner sweet treat and far healthier than most chocolate selection boxes. Made with no added sugar or sweeteners these are 100% natural, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, really easy to make and most importantly taste delicious! This recipe uses almonds and pecans but can be made with any nut of your choice / what you have in the cupboard or the nuts can be replaced with oats if you want to make it nut-free.

I’ve used vanilla in this recipe but you could swap this for orange, cinnamon, mint or any other flavouring of your choice.

You do need a food processor or blender for this recipe.

Vanilla Chocolate Truffles

Dietary: Gluten-free / Dairy-free / Vegan

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 10-mins

Makes about 18 truffles


  • 100g dates – I use Medjool dates but you can use any dates, just soak in warm water first.
  • 50g almonds
  • 50g pecans
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder plus extra for dusting (if you can’t source cacao powder buy cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract – option replace for another flavouring of your choice


  1. Add the nuts into a food processor or high power blender, blend into a fine crumb-like texture – the finer the better.
  2. Next, add the cacao powder and pulse to combine.
  3. Finally, add the dates and vanilla extract and blend into a dough – this may take a few minutes.
  4. Roll the dough into small balls and roll in the excess cacao powder. You could also roll these in desiccated coconut or more chopped nuts as an alternative coating.
  5. Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes before serving. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

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