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Medjool Date Truffles

PREP: 35min
YIELD: 24 truffles

Indulge in dessert without the guilt: these Natural Delights® Medjool Date Truffles are too good.


  • 3 cups Natural Delights® Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 30 dates)
  • 2 shots espresso, brewed with 12 ounces water or one 12-ounce cup of strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. finely grated orange or lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup or more unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


  1. Soften dates by soaking them for 3 to 5 minutes in 12-ounces of warm (not hot) espresso or coffee. Drain dates and discard liquid. Mash dates on a cutting board with a fork to form a paste.
  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir in pecans, coconut, cinnamon and zest Mix well and shape into 1-inch balls.
  3. Place cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Roll truffles in cocoa powder to coat.
  • If you do not like the taste of coffee, use plain water to soften the dates.
  • You may substitute the pecans with another nut; walnuts work well too. 
  • For a sweeter, firmer coating than the cocoa powder, melt 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler and dip truffles to coat. Allow truffles to cool for 30 minutes to harden

Nutritional analysis per serving:

Calories: 100, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA:  0, PUFA:  .01, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 226mg, Carbohydrates: 26g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 21g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A:  0%, Vitamin C:  0%, Calcium:  2%, Iron:  2%

*While Medjool dates are high in natural sugars, they are low on the glycemic index thanks to a balanced amount of soluble fiber. The complex carbohydrates found in Medjool dates are digested at a slower rate, making them a source of dietary fiber and releasing energy to the body over a longer period of time.