Date Truffles is a healthy and perfect alternative to sugar-packed bars. This Middle Eastern coconut date ball is a recipe that will breathe some life and energy into you during the month of Ramadan. These delicious truffles are made of date paste, coconut flakes, and walnuts, dipped in an irresistible chocolate coating that all chocolate lovers will be addicted to.
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Why Make These Date Balls?
This coconut date truffles recipe is hassle-free since it requires simple ingredients and easy steps.
These chocolate date energy balls are rich in natural sugar contained in dates, in addition to vitamin B6, fiber, magnesium, and iron.
These healthy truffles have no refined sugar content unless in the chocolate chips. To avoid refined sugar, you can change the chocolate coating to another unsweetened coating.
The sky is the limit with these date truffles. You can dip the balls in white or dark chocolate. You can dip them in many other indulging flavors like crushed pistachios, coconut flakes, sesame seeds, or even cranberries.
The best part is that your kids will enjoy making these chocolate date truffle balls with you. They will love this culinary activity and consider it a fun activity.
To make chocolate date truffles, you will need the following ingredients:
- Date paste
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Coconut oil
- Orange blossom water
- Milk chocolate or dark chocolate
- White chocolate
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Prepare and Form the Balls
First, add all date ball ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse them for a couple of minutes until everything is completely combined.
Then, use a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop or a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture on a plate. Now, roll them into balls between the palms of your hands.
After that, refrigerate for an hour or freeze for 30 minutes.
Melt the Chocolate and Coat the Date Balls
Next, dip one date ball at a time, submerge it into melted chocolate, and carefully lift it out using a fork. Place them lined on a sheet pan.
Lastly, top the truffles with coconut flakes, and chopped walnuts, or drizzle more chocolate if desired.
Finally, refrigerate the date truffles for at least an hour to allow the chocolate coating to set. Once the chocolate is set, store them in an air-tight container lined with parchment paper, for up to 3 weeks.
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Best Ways to Enjoy Date Truffles
These gooey chocolate truffles are great bite-sized treats with a heavenly taste you can enjoy during Ramadan at suhoor. They will provide you with the necessary energy for a long day of fasting.
These delicious truffles are so good for a go-to snack when you're craving something sweet yet healthy. Whole30 Energy Balls is another healthy date ball recipe you will like to try the next time.
These chocolate energy balls are also a great idea if you are thinking of a healthy homemade gift. You can gather them in a luxury box and offer them to your loved ones.
Here are some other delicious desserts to enjoy during Ramadan: Warbat Bil Ashta (Shaabiyat Dessert), Yummy Crunchy Kunafa Rolls, Halawet el Jibn (Middle Eastern Sweet Cheese Rolls), Homemade Luqaimat (Awamat / Lokma), Rolled Baklava - Walnut Baklava Rolls, etc.
If you want to enjoy some chocolate desserts, you have to try some of these yummy chocolate recipes: Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe from Scratch, Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cake Mix, Moist Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting, Easy Double Chocolate Banana Muffins, etc.
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Substitutions and Variations
Walnuts: If you are not a walnut fan, then don’t worry, you can simply use another type of nuts. Almonds, pistachios, or peanuts are good alternatives to use.
Buttery flavor: For nuttiness and richness of flavor, add peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter to the date batter. Nut butter will enrich these chocolate date energy balls with healthy fats and protein.
Coating: Roasted sesame seeds, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, or desiccated coconut would be great options to coat raw truffles with dates. You can also dip truffles in crushed nuts for a crunchy bite or in dry berries if you like to balance the sweetness of the dates.
To make date truffles, you need a food processor to process the ingredients of the date mixture and a small ice-cream scoop to scoop the date truffle batter into little balls.
A parchment-lined baking sheet is also an essential piece of equipment to lift the mini date balls with chocolate on it.
Refrigerator: Enjoy these date energy balls at room temperature on the same day. If you have coconut date truffles leftovers, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-4 weeks.
Freezing: Coconut date balls freeze well in a covered container for up to 6 months.
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Soak pitted Medjool dates in hot water for 10 minutes to make the date pate.
A food processor is essential to get a smooth texture.
If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a hand mixer with a paddle attachment instead to mix the date ball ingredients well.
Make sure to roll the date balls with walnuts between wet hands not dry hands.
Melt the chocolate on low heat using the double boiler method and pour it into a medium bowl to dip the date truffles.
Put the fork under the date ball and tap on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
If you choose to coat the balls with nuts and sesame seeds, it is recommended to roast the raw nuts and sesame before the coating process to remove moisture from them and get a crunchy texture.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Medjool dates have less thick fleshy skin than Deglet Noors. So if you want to use Deglet Noor dates, make sure to soak them in a large mixing bowl for about 2 hours ahead of time
A great way to get a sugar-free treat is to substitute the chocolate coating with sugar-free chocolate.
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These are my favorite dishes to serve with [this recipe]:
- 13 oz. date paste soak 13 oz. pitted dates in hot water for 10 minutes.
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ teaspoon orange blossom water optional
- ½ cup milk chocolate or dark chocolate
- ½ cup white chocolate
Prepare and Form the Balls
- Add all date ball ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse them for a couple of minutes until everything is completely combined.
- Using a scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture on a plate. Now, roll them into balls between the palms of your hands.
- Refrigerate for an hour or freeze for 30 minutes.
Melt the Chocolate and Coat the Date Balls
- Dip one date ball at a time, submerge it into melted chocolate, and carefully lift it out using a fork. Place them lined on a sheet pan.
- Garnish: top the truffles with coconut flakes, and chopped walnuts, or drizzle more chocolate if desired.
- Refrigerate the date truffles for at least an hour to allow the chocolate coating to set. Once the chocolate is set, store them in an air-tight container lined with parchment paper, for up to 3 weeks.