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Chocolate Pecan Date Bite Truffles

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These dark chocolate pecan date bite truffles are rich with dark chocolatey flavor, with just enough nuttiness, and sweetness. Plus, they're higher in protein and great for a blood-sugar friendly snack!

Inspired and adapted from 100 Days of Real Food (cookbook)


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup dates, pits removed (Medjool tend to be the juiciest)
    • (equals about 7 large Medjool dates, or approx 4-5 oz w/o the pits)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons cocoa powder (Equal Exchange, Hershey's Special Dark, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • If needed: 1-2 Tablespoons water to help blend


Tip: if your dates are hard or old, you can soak them in warm water for about 3-5 minutes prior to using to help them blend better. Any longer and they will absorb too much water and your date bite truffles will be VERY sticky.

  1. Add pecans to a small saucepan and warm over low heat. Toast for about 3-4 minutes, watching closely to ensure they don't burn. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large food processor, add all ingredients except the water and the hemp seeds.
  3. Process and/or pulse until the ingredients get a bit crumbly but stay together when pressed. If it doesn't seem like it is coming together, add a bit of water, about 2 teaspoons at a time. Add the hemp seeds and pulse a few times.
    1. Note: you can add the hemp seeds earlier to make it easier, but it can make the dough a bit crumbly.
  4. Using a spoon or a scooper, divide the dough into roughly 1-Tablespoon balls, then squeeze and roll between your hands to smooth out. If it doesn't stay together, add a touch of warm water and mix again!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: date bites, chocolate truffles, chocolate date bites

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