When I hear truffles I think soft, melting chocolate confections. What I have here are not that classic kind of truffle but they are a soft, melt in your mouth sweetness that can be rolled in cocoa powder or even drizzled with melted chocolate and will make you think you are eating a piece of forbidden fruit. The best part is that they are not forbidden as they contain only fruit, nuts and spice.  I have three varieties made with classic Thanksgiving ingredients with not so classic results. There is a cherry cocoa-nut, a pumpkin spice and a cranberry orange. So try one or all three for Thanksgiving or any time.

Ingredients for the Cherry Cocoa-Nut Truffle:

  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 18 dates)
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened or apple juice sweetened tart cherries
  • 1 tsp almond extract


  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and process for about 30-45 seconds just until the almonds are chopped.
  2. Almonds in processor

  3. Add the pitted dates and process for another 30-45 seconds or until the dates are partially chopped with the nuts.
  4. Add dates

  5. Add the cherries and almonds extract and process for about 2-4 minutes. The mixture will be done when large clumps form.
  6. Add cherries and extract

  7. Form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in unsweetened cocoa powder. Your truffles are now done and can be enjoyed guilt free.

Roll in cocoa powder

Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Truffles:

  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried apple juice sweetened cranberries
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice


  1. Follow the same instructions as the cherry cocoa-nut truffles starting with the walnuts, then add the dates and then cranberries, orange zest and orange juice.
  2. Form into 1 inch balls and roll in crushed or finely chopped walnuts.

Ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Truffles:

  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened raisins
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp date sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon (mix together for rolling the truffles in)


  1. Again, follow the instructions for the cherry cocoa-nut truffles starting with the almonds and cashews, then add the dates, and last the raisins, pumpkin, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Form into 1 inch balls and roll into the date sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 24 truffles.

Serving size 3 truffles.

Nutritional info for Cherry Cocoa-Nut Truffles only.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 219, Cal. from Fat: 74, Total Fat: 8.5g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 33g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 25g, Protein: 4.5g, Sodium: 3mg, Chol: 0mg


The dough can also be pressed into an 8×8 baking dish lined in parchment paper, let sit for a couple of hours and then turn the pan over onto a cutting board or waxed paper and cut into 8 pieces to individually wrap for lunch boxes or for easy portability.

These truffles are a good alternative to cookies, are a great pre and post workout power boost or dressed up with drizzled chocolate as a unique dessert. Any leftover truffles should be stored in the refrigerator.

For a pretty dessert presentation, place the truffles on a plate, melt a couple tablespoons  of grain sweetened chocolate chips and drizzle over the truffles.

This is the fourth recipe in our Thanksgiving with a Twist week.  You can find the other recipes hereherehere, here and here.


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  1. Janine says:

    I love your blog! Love the recipes.

  2. Sarah says:

    These were really delicious!

  3. Champa says:

    Loved the simplicity of this. Being an Indian, I probably would add some dessicated coconut, cardamom powder to make it more Indian. I probably will roll in confectioner’s sugar and use it as a healthy dessert.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Champa,

      I think adding the cardamom powder sounds interesting! Which ones would you add it to, or would you add it to all of them? I think it would taste good with the pumpkin ones. You could pretty much roll these truffles in anything and they would still be delicious. Since we focus on clean eating we try to eliminate refined sugars which is why we opted to roll the truffles in date sugar which is actually not sugar at all but pulverized dried dates. These are probably one of my favorite desserts…I literally could eat a whole pan before I even got around to rolling them in anything!



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