Instant Dates Chocolate Truffles

Ramadan Kareem! Here is an easy and quick recipe for truffles for both dates and chocolate lovers. How it came into being? --- the expiry date on my stock of Milk Chocolate is 32% Cocoa! One portion of it was used in the Bounty Pudding!

Instant Dates Chocolate Truffles | No Cooking
New pics updated on 28th Nov 2017

Can you believe I haven't been making many desserts these days? After the Algerian Bradj, I had a little date paste remaining and wanted to use that up too. To remember to use it, I kept both the chocolate and the date paste in the refrigerator where I can see it whenever I open the door. So much to get inspired and get cooking a dessert! lol

Instant Dates Chocolate Truffles | No Cooking

The oven isn't coming anytime soon now, nor do I want to bake in this hot summer. I try to stay away from the kitchen as it is really getting hot these days. So one fine day last week, I took them out and just decided to make some instant truffles. A small batch as a trial run wouldn't hurt even if it goes wrong. :-P

Chopped the Fine Milk Chocolate 32% Cocoa into small pieces. Put them in my spice blender and made it fine powder with little bites here and there. Mixed this with the dates paste and sesame seeds with help of a little coconut oil on my fingers. Added some cocoa powder (a little bit of powdered sugar here would make this sweeter) and some orange blossom water. Voila! the dough is done. Roll them easily into desired size and dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar! Pop them into tiny paper cups and they look so pretty!

Instant Dates Chocolate Truffles | No Cooking

When I taste-tested, it was yum! - the unsweetened cocoa powder, then the blend of rich dates paste, with nutty sesame and the fine milk chocolate. Now I was doubtful if F would give up with the start of bitter - so I quickly drizzled some chocolate syrup on a couple of them, but to my dismay, they won't stick to it. It was so funny to see the syrup dance around the truffle refusing to stay put. So then I  squeezed in a little chocolate syrup by poking a couple of truffles and reserved that for him. Served him the original one first and I was so glad that he enjoyed it. The syrup version kinda was nice too but the date taste gets lost there.

This whole thing can be done so quickly and hardly anything to wash after. I don't have to list the benefits of dates, it is the best food one can have during the month of Ramadan! I have given an optional way of making it in the Notes section in case you do not get dates paste. The fine milk chocolate brand I mentioned was the only one I get n Yanbu until recently. It is sweet on its own and the added sweetness of dates makes this a perfect mild healthy dessert.

Instant Dates Chocolate Truffles | No Cooking

Dates Chocolate Truffles

Makes around 6 to 8 truffles


  • 1/2 cup date paste (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate, roughly chopped and then grounded in a processor or spice blender  (I used Milk Chocolate 32% Cocoa) OR 1/4 cup choco chips crushed with a rolling pin
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for rolling and dusting (Hershey's 100% Cocoa)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or cardamom or rose water or pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil - just to help bring the mixture together


  1. Add everything to a bowl.
  2. Rub your finger with a little coconut oil.
  3. Mix and bring together and knead to a soft dough. 
  4. Make same sized balls.
  5. Roll each one lightly on cocoa powder. ( you can mix some powdered sugar to the cocoa powder if they are too bitter for you) 
  6. Serve as is or cold.
If you can’t find dates paste, soak around 10 pitted dates in very hot water for 10 to 20 minutes, then drain and pat dry completely. Then blend it to paste and in the same blender, add the chopped chocolate and make a paste. Transfer, add the rest of the items and knead. Make balls and coat with cocoa powder.

Instant Dates Chocolate Truffles | No Cooking

I will not be very active on any social media and also may do fewer blog posts. However, I will try to respond to any emails and comments that need my attention. Hoping to stick to healthy iftars and habits. As it's just two of us, I have not done any planning or prep - this is the first time F can actually make fun of me - because I am the kind of person who plans to have a plan! :-P Not anymore! 


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