Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Date & Cocoa Raw Truffles

There are a few recipes you come across while surfing that develop an instant urge to try. It isn't the impatient need to savour but to t.r.y (and b.l.o.g right away if you are an obsessive blogger)
Sometimes it's because of the simplicity of the recipe; at times being classic and mostly we get hooked because of its elegance and the way it is presented.
Date & Cocoa Raw Truffles are one of those I came across a while back and couldn't wait to try (and blog) because of its simplicity, elegance, being classy and classic presentation.

I fell in love with pictures, the truffles wooing me sitting on a crude background on a rusty finish. I couldn't take my eyes off and I felt truffles can't look better than this!
All the years of my blogging, I had tried recipes from other blogs and my blogger friends'. Even though they were recreated in my space a bit with my own touches and creativity while I viewed them through my lenses. But this one paralysed my neurons! I could hardly think of how to photograph them placed on a different background than where I came across the irresistible treat!

The combo of dates and cocoa, blended to perfection seemed and looked sexy!
This happened with the ingredients and the method part as well. I am confused where to add my notes while experimenting them. Such crisp write up!

So, to sum up, this is a carbon copied version of the recipe I bumped on!

Date & Cocoa Raw Truffles
Adapted verbatim from Chimayie's


10-15 good quality soft dates
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp of olive oil/coconut oil/rum/vanilla (optional)
some unsweetened cocoa more to roll the truffles.

De-seed the dates and process them with cocoa powder into a smooth paste. If it’s too hard (depends on your dates) use a bit of oil or alcohol to help it come together. Once done, scoop small bits out with a spoon and roll it between your palm to make truffles. If you feel the mix sticky, refrigerate for 15-30 minutes or/and rub coconut oil on your palms. Roll them over some unsweetened cocoa and store in an air-tight container. Simple, right?


Use the best quality dates you have. They need to be soft and sweet. We add no extra sugar.

Use good quality cocoa.

Add alcohol of your choice to make boozy truffles.

Add different spices to change flavors.

Add nuts to the mix if you like, try almonds, cashew, pistachio, walnuts etc

I used 12 not-so-large dates which yielded 9 truffles and have rolled them over cocoa.You can try coconut, sesame, finely ground nuts etc for different colors and flavors.

           The '2 ingredient-2 minute away treat' for Christmas. Healthy too!


  1. wow brilliant snaps... irresistible truffles....

  2. wow that is a very tempting and simple one!!!! am bookmarking it!!
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  3. drooling here bharathy; stunning it looks - I have a version of it in my blog (more as squares/fudgy type) with nuts. nice

  4. so yummy .. Love the pic!

  5. Beautiful goodies :) love the clicks

  6. Looks so mouth watering... A definite "must try" for me too and it is so simple as well! Thanks for the recipe. I think the idea of getting a bit of Baileys Irish cream mixed in the truffle is very appealing, esp., for Christmas parties. But, I was wondering if you have any thoughts on how we might "fill" the truffles with the cream like we find in the truffles at the shops. Like, when you bite into the truffle you get a bit of irish cream into your mouth (yum). I am thinking, may be to press a dent, fill with a 1/4 tsp of cream, then close it back, roll it on the cocoa powder and chill them in the fridge. Thought I will ask if you have any other idea...

    1. In fact I wanted to make them too :) but we dont get heavy whipping cream herethough amul cream with 25% fat is available. so was a bit apprehensive and ended up with this one. I am personally not a fan of dates all whipped up in a gooey state was not quite welcoming to me (matter of factly) but with the choc combo it was fine. ;)

      about your query need to have heavy cream instead of dates in this recipe. joy of baking has the answer with vdo. I am sure about how it will turn out cos you urself know how trustable the site is! I had been falling in total love with that..but had to give up trying..bah...

      good luck to you :)

    2. Oops! sowwy! I didnt notice the 'baileys irish' part ;) k try that one instaed for the alcohol! hmmmm lucky you! i can smell baileys now ...

    3. A google search with tags 'baileys irish cream chocolate truffles recipe' or baileys irish cream truffles shows numerous results. not sure about the trustabilty of the recipes , though ...

    4. Bharathy, thanks for getting back to me with the suggestions. I am going to a series of Christmas parties and got hold of Baileys on sale (buy 1 get 1 free). I drink rarely at social-settings. So thought up the idea of chocolate truffle with Baileys to finish of the bottles. Totally with you on the dates part! I am thinking of trying one of these

      They do use double cream if you want to try (without Baileys that is). Will let you know how they turn out. At least I will not lack for guinea pigs. Baileys, chocolate and cream combo is sure to be a great treat for the holidays.

    5. Cool. Great idea! :) good luck again!

    6. Hi Bharathy, made the Baileys Chocolate truffles following the recipe from

      and took them to a party tonight. All I can say is that it was a lot of truffles and they all disappeared with everyone wanting to know where I bought them! Just wanted to tell you the outcome. Hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season. Cheers!

  7. Wow, just cant take my eyes from ur truffles,loving it.

  8. Easy & delish truffles!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Hmm..Yummy..its looks so tempting and how can i leave without mentioning about your to your presentation...

    Happy holidays dear...

  10. Bharathy you are killing me with the first pic !! wish I too could just bite few truffles this season...

  11. So happy that you tried and blogged this recipe! Beautiful photos :)

  12. my name is Nisha :) weird how it came as chinmayi on ur blog !! fact i thought ud actually left a comment for chinmaye (love food eat) on my blog :)
    This is perhaps the simplest truffle ive seen. had bookmarked it from lfe, but havent gotten round to making it.
    Merry christmas in advance :)

  13. That looks sinfully delicious, Bharathy....

  14. The photos are so irresistible that I had to bite into one before i said anything here. So, I made it today and it was instant gratification!
    Charming presentation and tastes equally good!

  15. healthy b tasty too....BTW if possible plz visit mine n plz chjeck out my new FB page dear.Hope u vl

  16. Fabulous pics Bharathy, love them all and the truffles look fabulous!

  17. Have been eyeing on this since I saw it in her blog..looks very tempting!Nice pics too!

  18. humm..yummmy..i loved chocolate and make it other day Our website, is dedicated to publishing the best chocolate recipes.


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