Sugar-free chocolate truffle recipe

16 truffles

This recipe for sugar-free chocolate truffles is one you won’t be able to resist.

These deliciously moreish truffles make a wonderful present to take when visiting friends and family, and also look beautiful when wrapped in an elegant box for Christmas or as a birthday treat.

We’ve used dates in this recipe, and the dates should be soft and sticky so that they blend well with the other ingredients.

It’s also important to use both types of almonds – ground and whole – for their different textures in your sugar-free chocolate truffles.

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  • 40g ready-to-eat dried dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 orange, zest
  • 50g dark chocolate (90% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
  • 25g whole almonds, toasted
  • 10g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp just-boiled water
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Put the chopped dates in a mini food processor with the orange zest, dark chocolate and both types of almonds. Blend everything together to chop the ingredients finely, until the mixture looks crumbly.
  2. Add the boiled water and blend again to make a ganache. The heat of the water will just melt the chocolate enough to bring the mixture together.
  3. Spoon the ganache into a bowl and use a teaspoon to scoop up pieces about the size of a Malteser, and roll them into a ball. Do this until you have 16 balls.
  4. Sprinkle the cocoa powder on to a flat plate and toss the balls in it. Pop them in the fridge to firm up, but take them out 10 to 15 minutes before eating. Store in an air-tight container for up to one week.