22. March 2015

Coconut & Cacao Truffles

IMG_1379 Why is it that I always develop chocolaty recipes late at night? I just can’t resist those late night chocolate cravings and end up standing barefoot in our kitchen in the middle of night, trying to bake as quiet as possible. Most of the time I’ll get so tired at one point that I won’t even try the result. But then the best thing happens the next morning: I get to have dessert for breakfast! Win win, I’d say.

These truffles (which originated in one of those late night kitchen sessions) are my number one recipe for urgent chocolate cravings. I’ll make them at home (for myself, or needy flatmates) or bring them to any kinds of gatherings. They also serve great as a culinary ‘thank you’!

It’ll just take a few minutes (and only five ingredients) to make them and they are what they call a “raw dessert” with a rich and intensive flavour. It would be a lie to say “Oh, I’ve always got some of these truffles in my fridge, in case I ever crave some chocolate”. Because in all honesty, I’ll eat them all before the day ends. But that’s okay – they are just too good.


Coconut & Cacao Truffles


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (+1 hour cooling time)
  • Servings: makes 8 larger truffles


  • 120g shredded coconut
  • 10g raw cacao
  • 80g pitted dates
  • 40g walnuts
  • a pinch of sea salt


  1. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend all until it’s one sticky mass.
  2. Now form little truffle balls with your hands. (It works better when they are slightly wetted.) Sprinkle a plate with some more shredded coconut and one by one roll the truffles over the coconut until they are completely covered.
  3. Leave the truffles in the fridge for about (half) an hour to chill.
    Note that the coconut will make the truffles quite solid, as the oils will harden in the cold. If they are too firm for your liking, leave them outside in room temperature for some time before serving them.
  • Anna

    omg!! these look scrumptious yummy


  • Amely

    Hallo paulinel

    Wieviel kokosöl kommt denn in den Teig?

    Liebe Grüße

    • Pauline

      Hallo! Gar kein Kokosöl, nur Kokosraspeln. Aber wenn die Raspeln vermixt werden, geben sie automatisch Öl frei. Davon spreche ich im Text. Kann etwas missverständlich sein, entschuldige, ich werd’s gleich mal umformulieren. :)

      • Amely

        Ach so vielen Dank für die Erklärung :)
        Ich find deinen Blog spitzenmäßig und komme immer wieder gern vorbei!

  • K*

    Sieht köstlich aus!

  • Tessa

    Yesyesyes I’ve been waiting for this recipe! Gonna try this very soon

  • Annie Sunshine

    Hello Pauline!
    This recipe looks so good and I’m gonna definitely try it out! Just wanted to ask where in Berlin do you buy the cacao powder and for how much? My friend will be there for two weeks, so I wanna tell him where to find it exactly :)

  • Monica

    I found this recipe today and it was the perfect thing to satisfy the chocolate craving I’ve been having while still being a good-for-you treat. I made them today and my mom, sister, and I all LOVED them. Definitely going to be making these again and again and again!!!!!

    • Monicaa

      Also, forgot to say, i used raisins instead of dates because I didn’t have any and they were still great!

  • Diese Trüffel sehen fantastisch aus! Hab mich selbst mal damit versucht, wenn man nicht gerade auf Diät ist, sind sie unglaublich! :p :) x


  • These look amazing!! Please do more videos!

  • Anika

    Sieht seeeeeehr lecker aus und dabei so einfach :) Weisst du wie lange man die Trüffel aufbewahren kann? Ich überlege sie für eine kleine Cocktailparty vorzubereiten und würde sie dann 2 Tage lagern müssen.

    • Hey Anika, ich habe gerade erst deinen Kommentar entdeckt – entschuldige! Zwei Tage sind absolut kein Problem, sie sollten sich so circa eine Woche im Kühlschrank halten.
      Ganz viel Spaß & liebe Grüße,
      Pauline :)

  • Mathilda

    Hey Pauline! Can I replace coconut with almonds or anything else for example? I’m not a big fan of coconut.
    All the best to you!

    • Hey Mathilda!
      Of course, almonds work great as well! Enjoy!

  • Mareike

    Hilfe….bei mir sind sie garnichts geworden und ich weiß nicht wieso….. Habe alles gemixt und klein gehackt aber wurde kein klebriger Teig…habe dann ein bisschen weiter zu gemacht aber ja…fällt alles auseinander..warum…

    • Hey Mareike, oh nein! Ist mir noch nie passiert.. Hast du auch einen guten Mixer? Er müsste schon relativ stark sein, damit alles gut verkleinert wird und die Datteln zu einer klebrigen Masse “zerbrochen” werden, ebenso wie die Kokosraspeln, die Flüssigkeit abgeben und Walnüsse, die zu einer Art Mehl werden. Vielleicht liegt es daran?

  • Ashley Rodriguez

    Hi!! i absolutly love this recipe but, With which ingredient can i replace dates? i’m not a huge fan of those. :) Thank’s !

  • Duwa

    Hi how many calories are in the truffles? :-)

  • Anna-Lena Müller

    @li@livingthehealthychoice:disqus what could I use instead of coconut?

  • Milena Ivanova

    Hey :) can you please tell me what kind of blender do you use?
    mine is small and I can not use it for making the nut butter or for blending dates…. I want to buy a good one… and to don’t do a mistake this time… thank you!
    your food looks very beautiful and delicious :)

Welcome to my kitchen, my colourful world of nourishing foods. Here I choose to live healthy, eating whole, plant-based foods; a happy mix of vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. I am Pauline, a 24 year-old food lover and photographer from Berlin. My recipes are simple, vegetarian dishes with plant-based and natural ingredients only. Perfect for everyday life. You do not have to be a skilled cook to have a balanced and healthy diet – I am not! An open mind and willingness to try out something new everyday shall be enough. It’s an infinite journey, and I am happy about everyone who decides to come along.


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