No Bake | Date & Prune Chocolate Truffles … truffles on a diet don’t get better than this #festivefood

“Life is like a box of chocolates … You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump

Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate TrufflesDate, Prune & Walnut Chocolate Truffles are something I never thought I’d make. Yet a chance FB update sighting a while ago set me on the track. And my, what a great idea. Healthy, delicious, a power house of energy and guilt free indulgence, truffles on a diet don’t get better than this!Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate Truffles These were fun to make, and so fast track! No bake, no cook, practically no work … almost like instant gratification! I got to step one in a matter of minutes but one bite into it was like, “Ummm nice, but something was missing, not indulgent enough“. Into the fridge they went!Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate TrufflesThey sat there bugging me the next morning. Thought of adding some dark chocolate to the truffles and running them in the processor again but the task of remaking the little balls bothered me! Seemed daunting for a fast track dessert.Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate TrufflesNext idea, and it turned out to be a good one. The dark couverture I had ordered reached that same morning. Melted some in the microwave and had such a great time dunking each little ball into luscious, thick, satiny melted dark chocolate.Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate TrufflesMelted ooeey gooey dark chocolate is strangely therapeutic.  Is it just me? Whatever, but I really enjoyed this part and was rewarded in a while.Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate TrufflesThese were GOOD! The teen loved them till the junior told her they had dates. “I don’t like them“, she declared, but soon was back digging into the bowl. ‘These are really good,” she declared. “Butter?” … the diet goes on, very conditional though!!  {Note: Thank you Sangeeta for the wooden board above. I ♥ it!}Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate Truffles These make for good gifts in the festive season. They were a great addition to the Porcelain Buono Decoration Plate Silver from Urban Dazzle. It’s quite reasonably priced too. This was one of the many products I received for review which I shared when I made one bowl cocoa wholewheat almond brownies .Date, Prune & Walnut Chocolate TrufflesAbout the truffles. They have a wonderful texture. You can play around with the combinations since both prunes and dates afford a good sticky base. Don’t like walnuts, use almonds. Don’t like nuts or are allergic to them, use dark chocolate, crystallised ginger, candied peel. Roll them in sprinkles after the dark chocolate has almost set; jazz them up if you like! Urban Dazzle Diwali Range Also, thank you Urban Dazzle for giving me a chance to review your Diwali range. I really love the variety and the quality of stoneware, ceramic, porcelain, drinkware and bakeware. You can see some of the range in my picture up there. I did wholewheat gingerbread men the other day and they looked so HAPPY on the platters, ornamental & ceramic.Panna Cotta 3 waysI also did a vanilla panna cotta in three flavours paired with three dessert sauces – coffee with a dark chocolate sauce, raspberry with a raspberry lime sauce, and saffron with  salted caramel saffron sauce! Then did mini panna cotta in these tiny little white ceramic bowls, three on a plate {The honeycomb plate is from a set my sis sent me from the US. White love!}Urban Dazzle Diwali RangeThe bowls are really versatile. Dipping sauces look great served with them. Else a good extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and queen olives with a sour dough bread served on a matching Mediterranean inspired ceramic platter! So much inspiration

[print_this]Recipe: Date & Prune Chocolate Truffles your picture

Summary: Healthy, delicious, a power house of energy and guilt free indulgence, truffles on a diet can’t get better than this!

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients:

  • Truffles
  • 100g dates {seedless}
  • 100g sundried prunes
  • 100g walnuts
  • 20g cocoa powder {3 tbsp}
  • 15g extra virgin olive oil {1tbsp}
  • Chocolate coating
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate melted {I used a 53%}


  1. Truffles
  2. Place dates, prunes and walnuts in bowl of processor and process for a minute or so until everything gets chopped fine. Taste and adjust sweetness if required adding more dates or prunes. {Thermomix: Speed 8, 30 seconds, repeat if necessary}
  3. Add the cocoa powder and olive oil and process briefly to mix. {Thermomix: Speed 8, 20 seconds}
  4. Roll into bite sized balls packing firmly.
  5. Dip into the melted chocolate and leave to set on a parchment lined tray in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.


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  • Absolutely delishhh Deeba….I love prunes dates & walnut combo !!!
    Anamika| Madcookingfusions´s last blog post ..Easy Recipes for Navratri (Navaratri) 2012 – Vrat (Upvas) Ka KhanaMy Profile

  • 3 years ago

    Divine! Those truffles are wonderful. I love that filling.



  • lusciously divine they are !!! good for gifts during festival season. Will try them soon.
    Himanshu @ The White Ramekins´s last blog post ..Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream…Coffee LoveMy Profile

  • I once saw something similar… but instead of prunes.. I think they were figs!!!! Absolutely lovely.. and so easy and fast.. think I will make a batch for dussera!!

  • Deeba, really amazing way to use up Prunes :) I normally use dates and figs but now Prunes are on the list! Thanks
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  • 3 years ago

    Such easy breezy recipe. I am going to make this for my post work out snack. I hate prunes. Can I replace it with anything else? Raisins? Dried cranberry?
    Vijitha´s last blog post ..Vegetable patties / vadais – South beach diet revisitedMy Profile

    • 3 years ago

      You must be like my son Vijitha. He can’t stand prunes. Try figs or raisins. Anything with a bit of moisture would work fine. Tell me how it goes!!

  • 3 years ago

    Provides a quick and yummy chocolate fix. Like it that the truffle uses a chocolate coating instead of cocoa powder coating.
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    • 3 years ago

      TY Indu. I did a few with a dusting of cocoa but a strange bitterness came through.

  • Oooh! You just made it better :) I love the date truffles because just the thought of having no sugar in it makes me love it. But if I am making it for others then I’ll definitely make it this way :)
    chinmayie @ love food eat´s last blog post ..Red Cabbage, Beet & Bean SaladMy Profile

  • manjeet
    3 years ago

    Hey Deeba,

    These are nice n healthy..I tweaked one of the brownie recipes(smitten kitchen I think) last month and baked whole wheat- almond meal brownies and then took some , moistened them with gancahe, rooled into balls and then dipped in molten chocolate..:D
    They were so good my fiend said she would have bought them from me , if I had put them on sale…:D
    Will try these too…although I am scare my son will reject them outright..:(


    • 3 years ago

      That sounds like a great idea Manjeet. Must have been truly yum! You can make half a batch, or probably reduce the fruit and add some chocolate into them, like a ganache. He’s a naughty looking fellow, your little one!

  • 3 years ago

    Raisins and Cashew I have tried and loved in Truffles. This combination I love otherwise, You give so many great ideas :-)
    Lovely beautiful pictures to make one feel delighted :-)
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  • veena
    3 years ago

    Super healthy and nice recipe.. Really love it

  • 3 years ago

    Deeba, these are so beautiful! And gosh I want to bite into one now. These would make fabulous, perfect holiday treats to serve and give as gifts. I will definitely try these and share with my own readers. Beautiful!
    Jamie´s last blog post ..BETTER-THAN-INSTANT VANILLA CUPCAKESMy Profile

  • 3 years ago

    Am speechless and cant take my eyes from ur clicks,mindblowing truffles..

  • Francesca
    3 years ago

    It was a perfect kind of treats this holiday season…This one also is good for a gift to your friends…Thanks for the recipe on how to do this..

  • Oh I agree, melted chocolate has an immense therapeutic effect, even more so when ingested. 😉
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..Twice Baked Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Parmesan and SageMy Profile

  • Lakshmi
    3 years ago

    Just made these now…thanks a ton for this rcp…

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