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RECIPE: Decadent Dessert Truffles

Who doesn’t need a chocolate fix every now and again…and again…and again?!?

This recipe was passed along to me by a fellow chocolate addict from A Raw Food/Vegetarian website, and they are delish.  Don’t let the raw, vegetarian tag scare you–just means they are extra-healthy.

A little longer than I like for prep time, but just because I’m impatient doesn’t mean I shouldn’t pass them along to you all!

bon bons


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Soak Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 14 bonbons


  • 1 cup dates, tightly packed, preferably medjool
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped soaked nuts, (almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia)
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries, blueberries)


Place the dates in a food processor and process on high speed for 10 seconds. Add the coconut oil, agave nectar, cardamom, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla and process again for 10 to 20 seconds or until the mixture is thoroughly combined and the consistency of marzipan. Add the cacao powder and process again for another 10 seconds.

Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the chopped nuts and dried fruit and mix well. Use an ice cream scooper with a release lever, or a spoon, to scoop out your desired size of bonbon onto a parchment paper lined plate or tray. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

You could probably get away without soaking the nuts…you decide [and insert joke about it here]

4 comments on “RECIPE: Decadent Dessert Truffles

  1. dogsarekids
    October 11, 2013

    I LOVE these!!!!

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      October 11, 2013

      Yes! I was going through old emails and recipes and came across this one that you sent! If you like this, stay tuned for my Power Balls recipe coming out later this month!

  2. All Seasons Cyclist
    October 11, 2013

    These sound great! After my gastroenterologist suggested I give up caffeine my wife started buying decaffeinated cocoa powder and making candy for me with it (and coconut oil, agave nectar and rasins). By the way, there is no “12 Step Program” for giving up caffeine — I had to quit “cold turkey” (for about a week my wife hid all the sharp objects in our house).

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      October 11, 2013

      Ha! That’s hilarious!
      That’s what its like in our house when I try to give up sweets, fortunately, I was able to cut out refined sugar! I’ve not seen the decaffeinated cacao! It would be better for night time desserts! So you put the “fein” in caffeine?!

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