Delicious date truffles take just a couple of minutes to be prepared, and they taste just like hazelnut spread! These are seriously yum and addictive.
I keep dates in the fridge at all times as they are often an easy solution when something sweet needs to be prepared fast.
Ingredients and method
You only need these three ingredients:
- Fresh dates
- Raw hazelnuts
- Cacao powder
Date truffles, or maybe these should be called bliss balls are very easy and quick to make, all you need to do is to put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend them into a paste and form little balls.
You can roll the truffles on cacao powder or for variations, in berry powder or shredded coconuts.
Cocoa and cacao are pretty much the same, cocoa is often referred as alkalized baking quality and cacao the produce or raw cacao powder. The taste is a little different but both work.
Bliss balls are best eaten right away, but even if the batch is small, just 15 truffles, they are very rich and full and it might be the case that you need to store them.
Put them into an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to one week.
In reality, they keep for more than a week as they don’t really contain anything that would easily go bad. Put just to be safe, eat them within a week.
You could also freeze the truffles for up to three months. If you want to try freezing, roll the truffles in cacao only after they are thawed.
Here are some easy flavor variations. Try to add these or combinations of these to make more delicious truffles:
- instant coffee
- orange peel
- dried cranberries
- or other dried berries and fruit
- pumpkin spice mix
- your favorite liquore
I know my photos are a little Christmassy, the recipe was originally posted in December, but this kind of truffles, or bliss balls, can be made and enjoyed all year round.
Chocolate Hazelnut Date Truffles
- 200 g dates weight with stones
- 70 g hazelnuts
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- Measure all the ingredients to be ready to use.
- Pit the dates.
- Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and grind until broken but not flour yet.
- Add the pitted dates and the cacao powder into the food processor.
- Blend until a sort of a ball forms.
- With your hand, form small bliss balls of the mixture, about one tablespoon in size.
- Roll the truffles in cacao powder or in berry powder and unsweetened, shredded coconut.
- Store in fridge for up to a week.