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German-Chocolate Fudge Bites

I taste like a fudge brownie.

german chocolate truffles

No one will ever guess that such fudgey chocolate balls could possibly be 100% free of sugar, butter, and flour. Shhhh… no need to tell anyone they’re healthy. Winking smile

Healthy? Who, me?

german chocolate truffles

German Chocolate Fudge Bites

(Makes 10-14 balls)

Inspired by Hot Fudge Larabars

  • 3/4 cup pitted dates (I like Sunmaid, because they are softer.) (120g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • optional: feel free to add some chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients together very well. (I recommend using a food processor.) Squish the dough together. (I transferred the dough to a plastic bag then smushed it together in the bag. It’s much less messy this way!) Roll into balls, cookie-cuttered shapes, or bars… or you can even use it for a pie crust!

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chocolate energy ball

What recipes do you want to make today?

I try at least two experiments per day, since creating recipes is my job.

Today, I’m working on chocolate chunk cookies, molten chocolate pudding cake, and chocolate-raspberry truffle ice cream. So basically, it’s going to be one big chocolate fest. But that’s no different from any other day! (I’m also working on some non-chocolate recipes, and of course I have to cook actual meals as well… I’ve gotten really good at multitasking in the kitchen; it’s not hard to make a bunch of things at once if you’ve already made a mess.)

*I’ll write more about yesterday’s tv feature (with a link to the actual story) tomorrow. Thank you so much for all the well-wishes, both on the blog and CCK Facebook Page.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. These fudge babies look awesome! Love german chocolate. It should be a chocolate fest during valentines! All the upcoming recipes sound amazing, excited to see them!

  2. LizAshlee says:

    I love these kinds of recipes..great for snack or a treat…simple ingredient list and preparation…I would say this one for sure! :)

  3. Would it be weird to attempt to eat that second picture through the computer? Because that’s what it’s making me want to do! 😉

    1. Erin says:

      I agree, Gina! Let’s figure out how to do that.

  4. These look amazing – and perfect while I’m trying to cut refined sugar out of my diet during the week!

  5. Mmm little bites of fudgy Heaven!

    Saw your TV clip online – I loved how they brought the pie out to people on the street. It was hilariously awesome and I couldn’t stop smiling. Way too cool!

    I haven’t had much time to experiment with new recipes, which is unfortunate. Hopefully soon though!

  6. these little guys look mighty tasty! i might just have to make some this week… :)

  7. I immediately thought of my mom when I saw the recipe title! She LOVES German chocolate cake!

  8. I just made a lightened up tabbouleh recipe and a smoky southwestern cauliflower soup recipe – that’s about my max for recipe creation for the week! You’re lucky that you can play in the kitchen all day!

  9. YUMMY!!! Now get back in the kitchen and keep on experimenting, girlfriend!! :)

  10. Judah Raine Mayo says:

    I can’t wait for the molten chocolate pudding cake!

  11. Jutta says:

    yum, I love these! Made them like 100000 times!? Maybe that’s because I am from Germany!? 😉

  12. I have a sweet potato shepherd’s pie in the oven right now to give me meals for my busy few days ahead! I’ve gotten pretty good at multi tasking in the kitchen as well. Those sound decadent!!

  13. Oh my word, these look amazing!! Could you use another nut in place of the pecans?

  14. These look super yum and HEALTHY! They sound like my favourite LARABAR flavour – cocoa coconut chew – in ball form! Yummay!

  15. sudha says:

    awesome..i should try this…idea to use it as a piecrust is so much like what i would love to do

  16. Moni'sMeals says:

    The name alone has me HOOKED! Looks devine. :)

  17. Debbie S. says:

    Yahoo!! I already have all of the ingredients (except pecans, gasp) in the house… On a whole other note, THANK YOU Katie for not abandoning this post. I work full-time, have week to week custody of an 8-year old, and embarked on this vegan path a few months ago. If it weren’t for you and other bloggers, I wouldn’t even know WHAT to eat these days… I VERY MUCH appreciate all you do and would like to thank you by sending you some organic canned peaches… (Yup, I have a peach tree that I’ve never ever sprayed…)

    1. Aww Debbie, you are way too sweet! And you’re so lucky to have a peach tree… wow! Haha I have a banana tree… but it never yields any fruit!

      1. Allyson says:

        We lived in the Caribbean with banana trees everywhere. Mine had never produced fruit until a wise old Jamican friend told me what to do. Mine were about 10 ft tall. He took his machete and cut the tree down to about 2 ft. You have to cut the tree trunk at an angle about 2 ft tall. You will start to see new shoots emerge from the middle. They will produce fruit I promise. Mine had over 50 bananas at one time.

  18. Oooh! Love the coconut and pecan combo with the chocolate. I’m going to have to try that combo, it sounds delicious 😀

  19. Marty says:

    They look so… innocent and cute… Like they all want to jump in my mouth!
    I have weird a question. I am German but I don’t know what German chocolate or German chocolate cake is…. o_o

    1. It’s chocolate and pecans and coconut… but apparently it’s not really German! It was named after an American whose last name was “German” :).

    2. Caro says:

      hahaa, same thing here. But I am wiser now 😉

  20. Erin says:

    When I saw that title of today’s post, all that went through my mind was “shut up.” These look awesome!! :)

  21. The bites look wonderful! I love the teeth marks..I want to sink my teeth into one of those babies!

    What recipes do I want to make today? Well…I tackled my fear of canning and canned over the weekend. So proud that I just did it!

  22. Erin says:

    Really enjoy these. And I have a packaged of pitted dates that I’ve been wondering what to make with.

  23. Aja says:

    Yum. I need to steal my friend’s food processor so I can make these!

  24. lisa says:

    oh – these look great! these will be made very very soon!
    but one thing i still don´t really get (like Marty already asked):
    when are chocolaty things considered “german chocolate xy…” ?? 😀
    i wonder… not just because i´m german…;)

    today i´ll be making spinach tortellini with spinach (duh) and lupin-filet. :)

    but otherwise i´m keen on trying your chickpea-recipes with white beans and/or kidney beans (since i try the blood type thing from now on and they are “bad” for my b-type).

    i really, really love your blog by the way!!
    oh – and i wish i had your job…:)

    1. Aww thank you! German-chocolate is chocolate and pecans and coconut… but apparently it’s not really German! It was named after an American whose last name was “German” :).

      1. lisa says:

        ah ok – that explains quite a few things – thank you!
        well but it really isn´t that german, right. 😉 sadly it´s quite hard to find pecans over here (not overly expensive ones)…oh well. luxurious but tasty. :)

      2. Michaela says:

        thanks for answering!! Definitely NOT German, but delicious nevertheless :)

  25. Maddie says:

    Those look amazing! I may add some protein powder because,other then that,they look really similar to Pure bars. I absolutely love them but they’re crazy expensive. 😛 Thanks!
    P.S. I can’t wait to see your tv debut! :)

  26. Nancy says:

    Between these and the “Lara bars” I am going to have to start buying dates in bulk. I’ve made something similar to these before, but not with the coconut and pecans. I’ll just add this to the long list of “Katie” recipes I need to try. Thanks for doing this. You really rock. Check out the blog I wrote about you here: http://www.abqjournalfit.com/blog/2012/02/07/dreaming-of-dessert/

  27. Mmmm I love german chocolate stuff so these look amazing!! If you molded these into bar shape they would be like a Larabar, right? Can’t wait to try them!

  28. Those look amazing! All they need is to be dipped in melted chocolate!

  29. These fudge bites look outta this world good! Love love love that they’re totally naturally sweetened.

  30. Amber K says:

    I don’t experiment nearly as much as I’d like to. It’s just that I don’t want to waste ingredients if I make something truly awful. It’s always why I tend to stick to the same veggies and fruits I already know I like and how to cook. I hate wasting money!

  31. Mmmm that really is all my favorite things in one bite!!!

  32. yummy!! I looove German chocolate. these look to die for <3 and I'm really excited for the molten chocolate pudding cake!

  33. I want to make these as soon as I get home! Yum!

  34. I love German chocolate! I often make my pancakes, brownies, and cakes with chocolate/coconut/nuts…such a great combination!

  35. Sofia says:

    You are soooo gifted! Thanks for sharing your cooking/creative gifts with us. I was wondering if you could help me figure out HOW TO MAKE my own Corazonas chocolate chip oatmeal squares. They area soft, guey and sweet enough to make you feel good when you eat them : )
    If you already have some recipe like it, could you please, please, please point me in its direction?
    Thanks
    Sofia

    1. I’ve never heard of those squares… I’ll have to google it!

  36. Julia M says:

    I have just made them, they taste VERY GOOD. However, the dough did not come together and was too dry for me, I added a few tablespoons of coconut milk and it came together beautifully. Really delicious!

    1. I’m glad you were able to fix them! That’s one of the reasons I suggest using Sunmaid dates if possible… theyre much softer :).

  37. I definetly want to make this today 😀

  38. Raney says:

    I just made these, using 3T of sweetened coconut and about 1/3 cup of pecans. They’re super addictive!

  39. Andrea says:

    I work at Whole Foods, and we have a vegan german chocolate cookie that is my favorite cookie of all time. I bet this is just as great… but healthier!

  40. Charissa says:

    German chocolate balls. Yes, yes, yes!

  41. Michaela says:

    you know what I am always wondering: why it is called “German” chocolate. To me as a German, this makes no sense at all.
    But still, I love all your fudge balls and theses are no exceptions :)

    1. I just found out yesterday that it’s actually named after a guy whose last name is “German.” So it’s not really German at all!

  42. Anna Lynn says:

    These look heavenly! Exactly what I’m craving….gooey, chocolately, coconutty…mmm!

    I have been in this insane “I want to make and eat everything” lately, so I’m sure some kind of concoction will be coming out of my kitchen this evening! I have Valentine’s Day sprinkles that I’ve been DYING to use. My birthday is on Valentine’s Day so it’s the perfect excuse to make something pink or chocolately (or BOTH!) every day in February, right? I’m thinking cookies tonight…mostly because I want the dough…oops :-)

  43. Lauren says:

    Do you think prunes would work instead of dates?

  44. Catalina Maya says:

    Yum – I love the combination of smooth chocolate with dreamy coconut and crunchy, crispy nuts!

    And lol, I left your website open when I was making your carrot cake flake cereal this morning, and now my dad is browsing your site whilst nodding in approval! :)

  45. LisaEesa says:

    I have everything I need at home… totally making these tonight!

  46. I love your chocolate recipes — they are ta bomb! <3

  47. Mm they look delicious- and tiny and cute!

  48. Lana says:

    I am the hugest lurker ever in blogs and what have you, but just wanted to pop in and say congratulations on the T.V feature, and that these look DELICIOUS. And I’ve just enrolled in my German subjects for uni, so it’s really excellent timing!

    (Unfortunately, I’m mid-flare-up of recently diagnosed Crohn’s and can’t actually bloody eat these right now, but once the flare dies down…)

    To make up for it I’m going to make your hot chocolate later today! :3

    1. Wow, thank you, Lana! I hope the hot chocolate turned out well!

  49. I’m so anxious to see your debut! :) And these little bites of heaven look just marvelous. I don’t remember if I commented on yesterday’s post, but that apron was a great call. Too cute! :)

  50. Amy says:

    German Chocolate Cake is my husband’s fave, but we are trying to eat healthier. I have a container of dates waiting to be used and I am totally making this for our dessert on Valentine’s Day. Thanks, Katie!

  51. Cammy says:

    Brillant- LOVE german chocolate cake! I am making your chocolate chip cookie dough dip tonite
    It is divine with chocolate graham crackers- Ohh Katie you should develop a chocolate graham cracker recipe- pretty please?

    1. Try this recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/11/04/smores-graham-crackers/

      A commenter said she added 1/2 cup cocoa powder and reduced the flour to 1/4c. Here’s a link to her comment: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/11/04/smores-graham-crackers/#comment-161629

      1. cammy says:

        Thanks- will try these ASAP

  52. Katie I am so so proud of you! I just finished watching the news recap online and you look so pretty! Way to go! First Dallas, then the WORLD 😀 You deserve it, you have the best blog ever. You’ve managed to prove that healthy eating doesn’t have to be depriving or tasteless. Keep it up, your doing a great job and motivating thousands :)

  53. nina says:

    Yum. We’ve been talking to our kids a lot about green light (healthy foods), yellow light (sometimes foods) and red light foods (as little as possible). My 6 year old declare these a “terrific green light dessert.” I agree! Thanks.

  54. Emilia says:

    These look fantastic! I love all the fudge bites/bars you have on your blog, they are some of my favorite recipes. Unfortunately, I don’t have a food processor with me at uni so making them will have to wait until I return home. sigh…

  55. Sarah says:

    I think I’m going to tell my boss I have to leave the office STAT for an emergency…and bake your fudge bites! How long would they (and your other bars) keep? Do I have to put them in the fridge or do I “have” to est them all quickly?

    1. They’ll probably last a few days un-fridged. But for optimum freshness, I’d store in the fridge for a week… or freeze for months! :)

  56. Those look wonderful and they would be so portable!

  57. Renee says:

    These look delicious! I am about to get a Vitamix blender and was wondering…when you say to use a “food processor” can I use the Vitamix, or does it depend on the recipe? I don’t have a food processor at the moment… Thanks!

    1. Honestly, I had trouble with the original fudge babies (a similar recipe) being very sticky when I made them in my vita. BUT I know a lot (a lot!) of commenters have made them in the vita with no trouble, so maybe I did something wrong. So I think that yes, it’ll work in a vita.

      1. Renee says:

        Thanks! I’m definitely gonna give it a try!

  58. Oh wow, these look amazing. I am going to make these, this weekend or tonight! :)

  59. another amazing looking recipe! you go girl! can’t wait try it out…

  60. Kate says:

    Y-U-M. Think about using organic mejdool dates (I buy mind at Whole Foods). Soak them in water for a bit to soften them up. They have an amazing, caramel-like sweetness.

  61. erin says:

    I just made these little guys and they are so, so awesome! I didn’t have pecans so I used walnuts and cashews…about fifty/fifty. My 2 year old and 4 year old are currently chowing down. :) I hope I can save my husband a couple…

  62. Amanda says:

    Yum yum yum! I just made these for a get together I have tonight. I wish I had enough ingredients to make more! So good! I rolled mine in finely shredded coconut too.

  63. Nicole M. says:

    whenever I eat German chocolate, the pecans are removed because of my nut allergy. is it possible to make these without pecans? or are they needed in the recipe to help the dough stay together? thanks Katie! :)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Nicole, I’ve used cashews and almonds and they still taste amazing so it should work fine with other kinds of nuts :)

      1. Anonymous says:

        ohh nevermind, I just read that you wrote ‘nut allergy’, I thought you were just allergic to pecans, sorry!

  64. janice says:

    YAY! Raw dessert – I love it! Thanks, I’m always looking for new raw recipes. :)

  65. Kim says:

    Just made these and they were sooo amazingly good and even the hubby approved them. I am so excited to have found your website. Mine came out pretty dry though, do you think it was because my dates were not fresh enough?

    1. I think it’s just a difference among different types of dates. As I wrote in the recipe, I like Sunmaid because they’re super-soft! :)

  66. Leslie says:

    Oh, my! These are incredible!!! I made a batch yesterday, and made more this afternoon. I’ve made many recipes from your blog, these are teh BEST. :) Thank you!

  67. phoebe says:

    Hmm they look good, Katie!! Will definitely try it some day. But now, I gotta try your ultimate brownie… it’s going to be a perfect valentine’s treat for my boyfriend!!

    By the way, I’m wondering if you can share a list (and photo!) of your kitchen staples? Do you store your ingredients (e.g. dates, coconut) in jars? I know buying in bulk is cheaper but I find myself nibbling them before I even started baking!! It’d be great if you can share with us :))

    1. I should probably do a post with photos of my cabinet and fridge. Great idea :). I also have a short list of common items on my faq page:

      What foods should I have on hand to make your recipes?

      It’s difficult to give a short list, since every recipe is different. I do try to keep my recipes as simple as possible (i.e. no hard-to-find flours or other obscure ingredients you likely don’t have on hand). Some items called for in many of my recipes: cocoa powder, rolled oats, spelt flour (or ww pastry or oat flour), almond milk, bananas, coconut butter, pitted dates, nunaturals stevia (or agave or maple syrup or regular sugar), applesauce, and peanut butter.

  68. Teresa says:

    I just made these…….FABULOUS!! I couldn’t find the sunmaid brand and had to pulse them a lot in the food processor as they were kinda hard. I will hunt for the sunmaid brand because there will be a next time, these were to die for!!

  69. Courtney says:

    Awww, comments are closed on your video post! I loved the piece and had to tell you though :-) Congratulations!

  70. Candace says:

    Katie, just wanted to let you know you’re awesome – just in case you don’t hear it often enough! I can’t eat sugar – I’m a former sugar addict, it makes me terribly sick, and diabetes runs in my family. To me, the stuff is essentially poison. I also don’t eat much dairy except for some butter. SO, you can only imagine how hysterical I was to discover your chocolate frosting shots. I hadn’t had dessert in forever. My husband kept laughing at me licking the spatula clean. Anyways, THANK YOU!! And I can’t wait to try your coconut banana fudge :)

  71. Gi says:

    Wow… I just read the news feature and it’s so nice… it just seems a happy story with an unexpected happy ending… congratulation, CCK.
    Really. Your story is kind of inspiring… keep on inspiring us!
    (:

    ps: plus, on a more egoistic side, I can’t say I’m not happy of the fact that you aren’t going to stop posting cc recipes! 😛

  72. Anonymous says:

    Wow Katie, I just made these (but I used cashews and almonds since pecans are kinda expensive here in germany) and they turned out great! Although I think I’ve used a little too much cocoa, they still taste amazing! This was actually the first time I’ve tried one of your recipes (but I’ve already looked through a lot of them) and all I gotta say is: I will definitely try some others now! Thank you for this great blog :)

  73. Jen says:

    These are terrific! I had great success with Dole packaged dates, which were sufficiently moist to bring the mixture together. I also used sweetened flaked coconut, which probably added a little more moisture than using unsweetened shredded. Rolled some in cocoa powder, some in coconut, and some in chopped pecans, and they looked so elegant, all lined up on platter. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  74. Jane says:

    The German Chocolate fudge bites–I developed a recipe that is very similar, but with Carob powder, and sunflower seeds–for anyone who has a problem with chocolate. They are delicious. The dates make it sweet enough.

  75. Amanda says:

    Absolutely delish Katie! I just got done making these and covering them in your hot chocolate butter…I think I am in a chocolate coma. Thanks for another fudge baby variety…love them all!

  76. Lonna says:

    I just made these today. I can’t even begin to describe how good they were. I know my grandkids are going to love these tomorrow night when they are over. Thanks for the recipe

  77. OMG. My tastebuds just ran away to your kitchen.

  78. Alesia says:

    I made these today…AMAZING! I did add a little bit of mini choc chips and I added almond slivers in place of coconut(not a huge fan of coconuts). My 10 yr old son loved them and he noted that they had a slight coffee flavor to them, maybe from the cacao? LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you for the recipe! P.S. we are also HUGE fans of your healthier sugar cookies :)

  79. Shawn Hammond says:

    Hello,

    I just stumbled upon your site a week ago and almost fell off of my chair. Being vegan, I am always looking for simple sweet recipes. I am a huge chocoholic and do eat it at least once a day. Your recipes are awesome and I am going to make them all for all my carnivore friends. They won’t know what hit them. YOU ARE GREAT. Please keep the recipes coming. You have a reader and fan for life. Any plans to release a cook book?

    Thanks
    Shawn Hammond

    1. Aww Shawn, that means a lot to me!
      I am working on a cookbook… but it’s in the very beginning stages right now :).

      Love from another vegan chocoholic!

  80. Dena C says:

    I just made these, and I used unsweetened coconut and almonds (because I didn’t have pecans.) Absolutely delicious!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  81. YUM! I make this with jsut one nut and one dried fruit…calling them (awkwardly) Nut Balls….But we just made Almond & cherry ones and renamed the concept ROLY POLYS! Much less embarrassing name for a treat we eat often!

  82. Lori C. says:

    LOVE this recipe! I’ve made all your fudge babies and these are by FAR the best of the bunch. I used Dutch Process Cocoa and did add two tablespoons of chocolate chips, which made them even more amazing.

  83. Jenna says:

    love the sound of all your recipes but this was the first one my friends and I decided to try…absolutely incredible! we didn’t have vanilla extract but we did have almond so we used that instead and then rolled them in more cocoa powder before freezing them before dinner. Cannot wait to make more!!!!!!! Already craving them again.

  84. Michelle says:

    looks great! hard to believe that they will stick together so well, i am definitely going to try this tonight! :)

  85. Jackie says:

    Hi! I love your blog (I’m in Dallas area too!) and I was wondering what type of blender/food processor most people are using to have success.

    I was using a cheap blender I got from Target and had a some success and some awful messes. So, I went and got a small food processor and was eager to try some more of the recipes but still not getting the results like I see on here with the bean recipes, etc. I find when I dump everything in, half of the stuff gets stuff under the blades and I end up having to dig it out with a spatual or something – (last night my finger slipped while washing it and I ended up in the ER getting stiches last night!) :(

    Who knew healthy cooking could be so dangerous!

    I’ve heard mention of Vita-Mix and Magic Bullet. Anyone have a recomendation for a product that works well for all the recipes(and is safe!). Thanks!

    1. I have a Cuisinart and HIGHLY recommend it! Yes, it was expensive, but mine is around 7 years old and still is very powerful.

      I am so sorry about your hand :(.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Thank you! I will check into one of those (after the stitches come out!) I can’t believe I did something so dumb- my finger just slipped and there was the blade. I love your blog and will keep trying (once my husband will let me back into the kitchen). lol

        It looks like the Cuisinarts are in about the $200 range? I could handle that. Couln’t believe how pricey those Vita-Mix are. The Magic Bullet seems to get mixed reviews people either love it or hate it. I never cared about a food processor until I found this blog! It’s going to be 2-3 weeks before I can buy one so if anybody reads this and has specific model # or info they can share of one they are really happy with I would appreciate it. Thanks!

  86. Chris says:

    These are awesome. Just made them for my daughter for Valentines Day.

  87. I just made a double batch of these! Amazing! My 3 year old and I both agree they are delish and we can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes!! Thank you;)

  88. Nicole S says:

    I’m going to try these with just a pinch of chili powder for my husband :-)

  89. Shantel says:

    how big are the german chocolate fudge bites

  90. Shantel says:

    how big are the chocolate fudge bites??

  91. Christie says:

    Just made these tonight. Very good. I had a hard time though getting the balls to stay together. They kept crumbling. I couldn’t find the brand of dates you recommended so I wonder if it was because my dates weren’t as soft. I think I put too much coco in too. I’m definatly going to try these again though!

  92. I’m assuming these need to be stored in the fridge…and that they freeze well?!!

    1. You can leave them out a few days, actually, if you prefer :). And yes, they freeze well!

      1. anon says:

        They won’t last a few days at our house, though :) One day, maybe :) I would have to hide them from myself and my family for them to last longer.

  93. Denise says:

    Sending you yet another props girl, you know how to rock it in the kitchen! <3

  94. Daryl-Lynne says:

    These are the most delicious thing i’ve ever eaten in my life. I’m lactose-intollerant so to be able to have chocolatey treats again and are actually healthy is amazing! Thank you so much Katie for the fantastic recipes!

  95. Eilidh says:

    I made these today and they are delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I found it via Pinterest.

  96. Annie says:

    On top of being as delicious as they look, they really picked up my blood sugar quickly, which is awesome because I tend to become a *tad* cranky when I’m hungry. Good work!

  97. Shelley says:

    Hello, without reading all 128 comments, is there any reason mine won’t make balls??? I love these and have made them several times, but I would really like them to roll into balls. The way I take it now is in a ziploc bag and it looks as though I am eating dirt LOL! (Don’t care the dirt like stuff tastes amazing) haha Any help????

    1. Have you tried smushing the stuff inside the ziploc REALLY hard? Also, as recommended in the post, I use sunmaid dates because they are softer.

    2. Sarah says:

      When I was blending mine, I could see it was coming out crumbly and dry- probably because my dates were drier. I just added 2 tablespoons of water, and it was sorted right out. I would say if you’re making these again, and you can’t get it into balls, add a water a little bit at a time until it reaches the right moisture level… It should begin to form a clump in the food processor, if you have enough moisture.

  98. Lachelle says:

    Oh my! These really are delish! Thanks so much for a yummy recipe. My four year old said “And these are healthy so we can have these whenever we want!” (That comes form my kid who loves sugar—and being her mom I am happy to find her other options!) THANKS!

  99. Sarah says:

    These Lara bars look amazing, I was wondering if you could use other dried fruits in place of dates, I love dates, but have some left over prunes from a dif recipe. I will try anyway.

    1. Sarah says:

      I just made them with prunes…they are great! so next question (I am new to your blog) is how to store and how long they will keep. I like to make things in bulk when I can… so I have it when I don’t have a lot of time. Thanks…I will try them on my kids in just a moment!

      1. Yum, so glad to hear they turned out well. I actually have some prunes in my cabinet… I might have to try your idea!

      2. Sarah says:

        I like them better today! My oldest likes them as well, my youngest thinks they taste like raisens…(which he thinks is bad) so I will still try the dates. Thanks for the inspiration!

  100. Karen says:

    What can you use instead of the dates? They are high on the GI scale. thanks!

  101. michaela says:

    i would like to try these for my b-day, but i have a probably really stupid question: 2 T cocoa powder, coconut… what or how much is a T? 😀

    1. tablespoon. Sorry for the confusion!

  102. Heidi says:

    These are wonderful! Could they become rum balls?

    1. Heidi says:

      They DO make wonderful rum balls. I used extra cocoa, added prunes, less coconut and toasted pecans. Yum!

      1. Heidi says:

        With rum instead of vanilla, with a bit more…

  103. Anonymous says:

    These are simply amazing. They work perfect for “The Belly Fat Cure” diet of a low sugar low garb treat. I’m no Betty Crocker but I could make these all day. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  104. dc says:

    SO DELICIOUS! thank you again Katie for another spectacular recipe!!! :) :) would like to try it next time with a different nut, perhaps almonds or walnuts…..

  105. Nicky says:

    OMG! These are my new favorite treats! Thank you for the recipe! YUM!

  106. Hope says:

    I just made these for the first time and I LOVED them! We gave up sweets and flour for lent and it has been tough on those days when you will like just a little sweet treat that doesn’t have refined and artificial sugars. Since we are eating fruits, this recipe works out just fine. This little treat is just perfect!! Thanks!

  107. Esther Papegaay says:

    Fabulous! I made them with organic walnuts instead of pecans and used raw cacao…I’m not a big chocolate fan, but there were out of this world…Thanks and Thanks again : )

  108. Chelsy says:

    I am not a fan of coconut but i really want to try this recipe because i have a brownie OBSESSION. Can I eliminate the coconut or replace it with something else and still get the chocolate fudge brownie taste??

  109. Nancy says:

    I made these almost two weeks ago, just found 4 left in a container in the fridge. They are still yummy!!! I used golden raisins because I didn’t have any dates. I only had one tablespoon of cocoa powder so I used a tablespoon of instant sugar free cappucino mix. They were delicious!!!

  110. Nancy says:

    Oh, I forgot, I also rolled them in some graham cracker crumbs!!!

  111. Alanna says:

    Wow, just made these and they are delicious (and easy)!! I used sliced almonds since I didn’t have any pecans. I was going to bring these for my dad and stepmom tomorrow but I’m not sure they’re going to last that long. (c:

  112. Pam says:

    Absolutely delicious. Love that I can give them to my kids guilt free. And they can help in rolling them into balls or cutting them out. I’ll be doing double batches from now on!

  113. Sarah says:

    I just made them and have fell in love. While reminiscent of traditional fudge, I loved the unique taste and texture of these babies… These left me feeling more satisfied then I would ever have snacking on traditional fudge. I ate three as a mid-afternoon snack, and that kept me going til dinner… You don’t need to be a vegan, vegetarian or raw foodie to love these either, that’s my feeling… Maybe I’m biased because I love dried fruits and nuts, but I think anyone looking for an out of the ordinary chcolate treat should give these a try. They are so tasty! Their healthiness is just a bonus!!

  114. Gusmom says:

    These look so good! I wonder if they’d work without the pecans? What could we substitute?

      1. Anonymous says:

        anything other than nuts? My son has a few friends with nut allergies & i’d love to let them try these too! I have mini choc chips and graham crackers – wonder if adding either of those would make up for the bulk of the pecans, or throw off the texture too much?
        Ideas?

  115. Sonya says:

    Just made these!! Such a fabulous recipe! I was hooked at first bite! Along with your nutella and cookie dough recipes! Can’t wait to try more!

  116. Sarah says:

    I’ve made these 3 times in the last week and a half. Hahah, so yeah… they’re good!

  117. Wendy Pena says:

    These things are the bomb!!! I am a chocoholic and these fit the bill perfectly! I used dark chocolate cocoa and it was great!

  118. LuAnn says:

    Love these!!! Only problem was they didn’t quite make it into ball form–I ate them right from the food processor. Yummmmmm!

  119. Caitlin says:

    amazing!! Love them. I love that you don’t use artificial sweeteners, and can still say ‘sugar free’ about your treats. Just what I’ve been waiting for! Have you used pitted dates in a cookie yet? Or cookie bar? Actually, if I could put in a request :) My mom used to make magic cookie bars when I was a kid (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/magic-cookie-bars-from-eagle-brand/) and I would love to see a clean version of it!

    1. I’m actually working on them! So far I have a basic coconut-bar recipe, but I need to incorporate the chocolate and the base. If you’re interested, here’s my tester recipe that I’m going to work with:

      Coconut Crack Bars

      Makes 6-8

      1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened) (80g)
      1/4 cup agave or maple syrup (or 1/4 cup water and 2-3 stevia packs)
      2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (melted or hard)
      1/2 tsp vanilla extract
      1/8 tsp salt

      Combine in a food processor. Squish in a small container (I used a 7×5) and fridge for an hour before trying to cut. (Or freeze for 15 minutes.) Can be stored in fridge or freezer

  120. jac says:

    hi.

    i can’t find any shredded coconuts in our grocery store.living in kuwait.lots of dates though.heh.are dessicated coconut ok?

    thanks.

    following you on pinterest.

  121. Kim says:

    Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    1. unsweetened, but either is fine.

  122. deanna says:

    omg I just made these and they’re awesome!!! my boyfriend was like is there butter? Is there sugar?? haha!

  123. Michelle says:

    I think these look devine! I made your chocolate fudge pie more than once now and each time I add a different twist. The first time I skipped the crust and added mint and set it in a loaf pan, sort of like a chocolate pate. This time I added coconut extract and a handful of coconut and used a mini ice cream scoop to make them into ball. they look similar to these ones with a less fudgy texture, but OMG! Yum-o-rama! Love your site and come here often for healthy desserts!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~M

  124. My 2.5 year old daughter and I just made these. I handed her one when we were all done. “Is it a ball?” She asked me. “Yeah.” “Is it a poo ball?” HAHAHAHAHA She tasted one and wanted to eat them all. They are delicious. And, I don’t have to feel bad about giving her one :)
    P.S. I didn’t have any pecans, so I used walnuts. Still delicious. I wonder how they’d go with a bit of cherry and some macadamia nuts?

    1. Anything with macadamia nuts sounds good to me!

  125. Karen says:

    These are so good! Next time I’ll triple the batch so others can have some.

  126. Sharon Hartwig says:

    So, ummm… I pinned this recipe with pinterest so that I knew where to find it again, and lo and behold, it was repinned 202 times!!! You are amazing! Keep up with the awesome recipes like this one!

  127. Maggie says:

    Just made them, they came out great. It was quick (and I liked that it was just a little recipe) and the kids and hubby all thought it was great. Next I’m going to try a variation with coconut oil for creaminess and oats and millet instead of the coconut. THANKS!

  128. Lena says:

    I made these today – was a bit difficult to make balls out of the dough (had to put it in a bag like you did, smush it into a ball, put in the fridge for a while, and even then it was still crumbly) but after letting the balls sit in the fridge for a few hours, these were absolutely divine. I think I might like them even more than the regular chocolate peanut butter fudge babies I usually make. Sooooo good :)

  129. Brewster says:

    Having trouble getting the mixture to stick together. Am I missing something??

    1. Did you use sunmaid dates? And squish in a bag?

  130. Miriam says:

    OMG! It was fantastic, I added flaxseed to it!
    LOVE IT!

  131. Lane says:

    These are FABULOUS! My hubby and I cannot quit making and eating them! We’re addicted! YUMMY!

  132. Emily says:

    Wow. These are so amazing. I made them with unsweetened coconut, and some vanilla stevia, and almonds (I didn’t have any pecans) and they were unbelievably delicious. THANK YOU

  133. Megan says:

    Love your website… I am on a strict diet, trying to lose weight for my wedding that is in three months and I love sweets and CHOCOLATE just like you. So having these wonderful alternative to make is great! Your recipes are very much appreciated!
    THANKS

  134. Megan says:

    Katie I just made these and ate two holy moly they are delicious… totally take that chocolate need away… also for a change i made them with raw almonds… I had those in my kitchen!

  135. Laura says:

    I made these with peanuts, as that’s what I had on hand. So good. I’ll be making these again!

  136. Maral says:

    I just made some but used cashews and walnuts instead of the pecans and rolled it in ground pistachios. Absolutely delicious.

  137. Christin says:

    Made these tonight and they are awesome!!! I think I am going to try to make a chocolate cherry version with some dried cherries!!! You are lovely! Keep coming up with these awesome tasty snacks!

  138. Tara page says:

    Does a vitamin purée the dried dates to make these? I Am considering making the big purchase! I would like to know if it works. The dates are so hard on my food processor (bullet express)

    1. Some people say it works, but I really don’t like making them in my Vita mix as they get super-sticky. I’d HIGHLY recommend a good food processor. Mine is a Cuisinart and it’s like 7 years old but still works well!

  139. M.A. says:

    Looking forward to trying this recipe, in the meantime contemplating making this my “homepage” on my computer. 😀

    1. M.A. says:

      Just made these today … they’re so good!

  140. Sandi says:

    Hi Katie, I was attempting to make this recipe but I am not sure how much dates to use. Your recipe says that 3/4 cup = 120g, but my date package says that 3/4 cup = 60g, so I am not sure if I should use 3/4 cup OR 120g?

    1. Yeah, packages lie a lot when it comes to how much something weighs! It’s crazy! Like it’ll say a 1/2 cup of oats is 40 grams… when really if you measure it it’s 1/3 cup! No clue why they are so inaccurate.

  141. Pamela says:

    I am really disappointed in the nutritional value that were assigned to these. They look yummy, but to list these as 0g of sugar is terribly irresponsible. For anyone who doesn’t know better or is just making the switch to preparing foods without processed sugar may not realize how high the sugar is in dates. While there isn’t any processed sugar in this recipe, dates are still a sugar and the nutritional value is distorted.

    I would strongly encourage you to re-evaluate how you determine the nutrients and or not post them if you can not find a way to do so more accurately.

    1. Pamela, it specifically says “added sugars.” It doesn’t say 0 grams of sugar.

      1. Tracey says:

        I believe Pamela might be referring to the “100% free of sugar” line you use in the opening of the post. It gave me pause, too, once I scrolled down and saw that the sweetener was dates.

  142. Sandi says:

    my date package lies!!! 120g it is! lol :)

  143. Sahar says:

    These are UH-MA-ZING!!!!! I love that they can be made in less than 5 min! My problem is that I don’t stop eating them once they are made :-( How do you control yourself?! I seriously work out 5x a week just to eat chocolate :-(

    1. Control? Who has control around chocolate? 😉

  144. marnee says:

    These were SO Yummy!!! We ate them up and my daughter didn’t leave the table til she ate her fill.lol

  145. Anonymous says:

    boo to that lady giving you a hard time about the nutritional info. way to be like the ONE negative comment…….wow. sugar from any kind of fruit is 100 x better than refined processed sugar OBVIOUSLY.how rude.

  146. Mandy says:

    So I recently found your blog, I think this is the first recipe I stumbled upon, but I have been ADDICTED to looking through your recipes ever since! It’s finals week and I can hardly study for 5 minutes without finding myself clicking through your page! Despite it’s ability to induce procrastination, I am absolutely in love with this blog.

  147. Jessica says:

    JUST made these.. they are divine!! Super simple, quick, easy clean up, AND I had all the ingredients on hand. It doesn’t get any better than that! Genius recipe.. Thanks :)

  148. Saliah Kako says:

    Fabulously delicious! I left out the coconut and they’re still great!

  149. This recipe is just awesome! I love chocolate, but fight the weight it adds. And this is finally a recipe where I can eat chocolate without feeling bad about it. Thanks for sharing.

  150. Fiona says:

    I made these yesterday and loved them! I had to soak my dates for 20 min or so because they were hard and I think next time I would add another tablespoon of cacao powder for extra chocolate-y taste. Thanks for an awesome recipe! I was blown away by the fact that every ingredient was healthy! Have you ever made these bites with any other type of nut with success?

    1. I haven’t, but I know a lot of the commenters said they used other nuts successfully :).

  151. Joanne says:

    Thank you pinterest, and THANK YOU Chocolate Covered Katie! I have made these quite a few times now – I love them! Today I made them with a no-name brand of dates… I ended up having to add some almond milk in order to get the moisture to form the balls, and for some reason I could really taste the cocoa powder (as opposed to the chocolate-fudgy taste)… so I will second your endorsement for quality [moist] dates!

  152. Mei says:

    I made these for Mother’s Day and they were so very good. My mom really liked them. Then I added 2T chia seeds. Massive fail. Do not add chia seeds to this perfectly fine recipe. Its like having gritty sand in your food. :(

  153. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve made these twice and I love them!! I made them super dark/bittersweet, so I was surprised when everyone else loved them, too :)

    the only problem was that I have trouble getting them to stay in ball form – I don’t know what it is but they were almost TOO moist (oil from the walnuts? moisture from the dates?). Solved the problem by rolling them in more shredded coconut, but I was wondering if anyone else ran into a similar problem??

  154. Patrick says:

    oh my christ, those are delicious! I accidentally made them with pecans instead of walnuts but they still tasted good to me! First time having ‘dates’ actually…can you believe it? Never really heard of them before I started following your blog. I wish the last ‘date’ I went on was as good as these fudge bites!

    Didn’t even think I’d like coconut, either. I also skipped the chocolate chips b/c I made the cookie pie last night and had a wee-bit too much chocolate last night/today :)

    This blog is the best!!

  155. Penny Newton says:

    I mentioned you on my blog today: http://www.pennynewton.blogspot.com . I enjoyed them, but I misread your recipe. I think it recovered though. :) thanks

  156. Melissa says:

    Just made these today, and they are DIVINE!!!!!! My brain doesnt believe they are healthy, which is fine by me. I double the batch, and then made an additional batch for my mother. Just need to find a way to not each the entire batch by myself. Wait, they’re healthy right, so it shouldnt matter….. :)

  157. Susan says:

    Omgosh…just made these and they are sooooo good….i like keeping healthy snacks like this around for my 2 year old daughter (and myself) ;). Thx so much for coming up with this, cant wait to make your other flavors.

  158. Casey says:

    Can you substitue the dates with anything? Thanks! These look amazing!

  159. Stephani Snow says:

    I LOVE these & make them OFTEN! I do sub almonds for the pecans though….AND I do have a problem sharing these! :-)

  160. Linda Nelson says:

    I made these to take to my dad who eats much too much sugar and fat. My husband and I just taste testing them, and we give them four thumbs up!! They taste like trouble, i.e. delicious and decadent without being full of all the wrong things. Now I must make the peanut ones!

  161. Keri says:

    Oh my gosh, these are so delicious! You’re a chocolate-covered culinary genius!

  162. Jo and Sue says:

    Love these. My sister and I blogged about them on our blog if you want to have a peek. Thank you for sharing this!! http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/06/2-no-bake-cookie-dough-bites-that-are.html#

  163. Brenda says:

    These were just amazing. Absolutely delicious. My family and I LOVE them, and we keep a batch on hand at all times so we can have a healthy (delicious) snack when running out the door to games/church/whatever. They taste like fudge! Hard to believe they are healthy. Also, I haven’t had any trouble rolling mine into balls. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. It’s already one of my all-time favorites.

  164. I used macadamia nuts instead, doubled the batch, but instead of double dates, I used glace cherries for the double. Delicious!

  165. zoe says:

    I just tried these, used dessicated coconut, organic pitted dates, a combo of unsalted cashews and pistachios, and at first I thought they were going to be way too dry. Once I smooshed the dough in the plastic bag, though, the sticky dates started bringing it all together. But then I wondered why you recommended using a plastic bag to make it less messy, and then didn’t give any advice on how not to look like a tar baby from having dough glommed onto your fingertips and palms when rolling into balls! I solved my own problem, though, about half-way through, and thought I would post for any other readers who don’t think ahead – I smeared my hands with coconut butter, most of which absorbs into your grateful skin anyway, so I don’t think it adds any measureable amount of oil to the balls and of course the coconut flavor blends right in. Unlike flour or olive oil – the two things you use to keep bread dough from sticking to your hands. I’m looking forward to trying ALL the other flavors, too. I’m so glad I found you, Chocolate Covered Katie!

    Chocolate-addled Zoe

  166. Duygu says:

    I’m going to try this with banana -instead of dates- and walnuts -instead of pecans- –so wish me luck!

  167. cookie says:

    Hi, just found this on Pinterest. As always, I wonder what’s German about that 😀

  168. Heather says:

    Just made these and I can already tell they are going to be delicious! Can’t wait to try one!

  169. Justine says:

    Made these last night and they are so delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  170. Katie- These are FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I just stumbled upon your blog and goodness gracious- THANK YOU! I am so fortunate to have found healthy ways to eat chocolate! :) Keep it up sister!

    P.S. Also glad to hear you decided to do this as a job!!

    Amanda

  171. Tiffany says:

    Hi Katie!! These German chocolate fudge bites are incredible!! I used roasted and salted pecans so I omitted the extra salt and they still tasted amazing! Thank you for a great recipe :)

  172. barb says:

    I am making these tonight! I am on a low iodine diet and I struggle with goodies that I can actually eat.

    btw, if you look on the chocolate bar, it’s actually called German’s chocolate not German chocolate :)

  173. Karen R says:

    These were yummy! However, according to my nutrition counter at sparkpeople, these bad boys weigh in at 100 calories a ball (about the size of a cotton ball) WITHOUT the nuts. Glad I made a half batch cause I sure gobbled all three down in not time flat! :)

  174. crystal says:

    I have some dried apricots in the fridge. Think I can sub those for the dates? Can’t wait to try these!

    1. Sorry, I’ve never tried it so I really don’t know :-?.

  175. Tori-Bird says:

    Hi Katie!
    Oh my, these are soooooo great! My whole family loves them! And that’s pretty good, since my brother’s not big on chocolate. My Grandpa really likes them, which is another big plus. In fact, we’re going to buy more dates now so we can make more tomorrow! We did change one ingredient, and that was the cocoa. We subbed carob for it. That’s what we’ve been doing for your recipes, using carob. It’s slightly different from cocoa, but just as good, in my opinion… and I love chocolate, so…
    We really, really enjoy your website, and are so grateful that we found it, and love that your recipes are sooo simple! Me double times, since – like I said – I love chocolate. :)
    Can’t wait to make more fudge bites!

  176. Anonymous says:

    mmmmmm i tried these and they were heavenly! although i only made a half batch i only got 3 balls (they were the size of a bouncy ball) i should have gotton atleast 5 right? hmmm i guess i just made them big. so mine were 100 cal a ball with thiugh is high cal they were still super yummy, filling, AND satisfying. did i mention they were YUMMY? cals arent really a vad thing tj
    though, you need them to live.

  177. Da'Naeva says:

    I made these but they don’t stick together even though I used Sun-Maid like you said :( Any suggestion on what I can do to make them stick? They are sooo delicious!

    1. Put into a plastic bag and smush into a ball in the bag. Then take out of the bag and roll into balls :).

  178. Da'Naeva says:

    Thank you for your fast reply! I did exactly what you said. Maybe I put to many nuts or cocoa in it. I will try them again. I can’t give up on them, they are too delicious 😉

  179. ashC. says:

    Can I substitute the pitted dates with something else? I’m not a big fan of dates or raisins!

  180. ami says:

    These are great :) I dipped them in a tiiiiiny bit of melted dark chocolate for the boyfriend. Great even for those who don’t like dates – can hardly taste them.

  181. Rebecca says:

    I made these today and they taste EXCELLENT!!!! I did add a few chocolate chips and recommend that if you do this, to use the mini-chips. The balls didn’t form so easy for me (I didn’t have a food processor) so I simply stuck the mixture in the microwave for approx. 20 seconds. That did the trick!

  182. Josie says:

    Hey :)

    just made these, took me mayby 10min and they are divine !!!!

  183. Sara says:

    These are fantastic! I have lots of food sensitivities and these fulfill my chocolate and protein cravings perfectly! Even my kids eat them, which is rare for “healthy” snacks. The only thing I would add is to watch out for the kind of coconut you use… most of the kinds they sell in the baking aisle are doctored up with sugar and chemicals. You can buy unsweetened/organic coconut online or in the organic section. The flaked organic stuff I bought made the dough drier, but I just added a tablespoon or two of water to help it stick together.
    Thanks for your blog!

  184. Pam says:

    Made these last night. My mom is coming for a visit this afternoon and she no longer eats carbs so I decided to make these for a treat for her. I have to confess there aren’t many left.
    I loved them! Next time I’ll probably eliminate the pecans to reduce the cost. Oh my gosh they are delicious!

  185. Jen says:

    Do these taste a lot like dates? Because I think they look beyond delicious but I’m not too fond of how dates taste that’s why I’m asking :)

  186. Rebecca says:

    These are ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!!! Thank you!

  187. stef says:

    hey this looks great. just starting out on my fulfilling the sweet tooth in a healthier way journey. ya know what would be great if you had a print this recipe button. just food for thought (ha ha)

  188. Density says:

    OMG, Wooohooo!!!! Just made these and I’m in Choc heaven! Will def be sharing this recipe around :-) Just curious, Do you think this recipe could be modified (ie a drop or two of rum) to make Rumballs for Christmas?

  189. Mary says:

    I want to say a huge thank you for sharing your wonderful talents and delicious recipes! You are amazing and I truly look forward to each one I make! Just wanted you to know that you are very very much appreciated from myself and no-doubt many many others…Blessings to YOU!

  190. Megan says:

    I am sooooo happy to have discovered your site. Last year I made a bunch of candies to go with Christmas presents. I plan to do the same BUT this year my sampling wont throw me off my clean eating. Thanks so much.
    Megan

  191. Barbara says:

    Thank you for another fabulous recipe, Katie. I did not have the dates, cashews or coconut, so I substituted pitted prunes, almonds and a scant amount of coconut oil and they still came out great. I cannot wait to try them using the proper ingredients:)

    You are my new best friend and you, along with a stringent exercise routine, will help make it possible for me to get back into my size 4 jeans by Christmas:)

    This Thanksgiving, I am going to give thanks for you and what you do for so many of us who like to eat but want to stay healthy!

    From the Heart

    Barbara

  192. These look delicious! I’ve bookmarked them to try tomorrow since I’ve got everything I need in the pantry :-)

  193. Anonymous says:

    This is the easiest dessert I have ever made. And it tastes fabulous! I halved the recipe but added 2T of sweetened coconut; was able to get a really smooth dough.
    Thank you Katie!

  194. angela says:

    What a great site! I have a list of things I want to make already and have just blogged about your fudge bites..thanks for a great recipe and I hope it’s okay that I blogged about it..you can check it here..
    http://sweeteverafters.blogspot.com.au/

  195. Jen says:

    they are delicious but OMG WHAT. A. MESS!!! those sticky dates are a real pain in the a**! I only have a really small food processor so I had to do everything in small portions which took longer than I thought. But the end product is really lovely – I rolled the balls in powdered sugar to make them less sticky to eat.

  196. Stephanie P says:

    I love this recipe, its perfect. To add to perfectness try a few drops of 100% pure organic orange essential oil or peppermint (especially peppermint for the holidays). I discovered this becaise i just cut an orange on a cutting board and while making the balls from the dough i droped some crumbs on the cutting board. Of coarse i had to eat the crumbs and it had a hint of orange that added a new depth to it. Or maybe some orange zest in the recipe, yum!

  197. Gianna says:

    Katie, these looks fab. If I wanted to give these away for the holidays, do you think its okay if I bring them to the office and their not refrigeratored for a few hours?

  198. Laura says:

    Hey Katie- just a note that you have a beginning typo…unless YOU taste like a brownie, that is. :)

    1. The brownie bite is talking to you ;).
      Ok, I’m just strange… it seemed like a good idea when I was writing the post.

  199. Stephani Snow says:

    I’ts not a typo…she’s referring to the photo as if it were speaking.

  200. Ellen says:

    I used this recipe as a base for my katie inspired christmas rum-balls!! My favourite holiday treat usually, but my mum’s recipe is full of butter and powdered sugar!!!!

    So this year – my healthy rum balls replaced the pecans with cashews for a more neutral base and replaced the vanilla with 2tsp rum and used half the coconut in the mixture and the other half coconut on the outside to roll the balls in :D:D

    THANKYOU FOR YOUR IDEAS KATIE <3!!!

  201. Jes says:

    I made these today and they are absolutely DELICIOUS! I was a bit skeptical at first, because I don’t eat dates (I actually despise them). I made them for my mother and tried it because it smelled heavenly… and guess what? They taste JUST like a brownie. Who knew?? Thank you for sharing this recipe

  202. Cindy says:

    Katie,
    This recipe made me go out today and buy me a food processor as my Christmas gift to me:) I’ve been wanting one anyway since you have several recipes that you recommend using one.

    Just made four batches of these to give as Christmas gifts for my neighbors. I “had” to eat one, just to make sure they were “safe”….yummmmm! I will deliver them tomorrow…I think everyone will LOVE them!

    Thanks so much for your blog! I have tried so many things and have loved them all!

    Cindy

    1. Cindy says:

      Ohhhh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS Katie!!!!

  203. Annalise says:

    Yum! Just made these and they are amazing, taste so decadent! Thank you :)

  204. Choclste lover says:

    I have made brownie bites before, and these look much better. I want to try making these into brownie pops

  205. Karen says:

    Love these. Better yet, so do my kids AND my husband. I hide chia seeds in them, too. 😉

  206. Cherry says:

    Wow, I made these today. Can’t believe how good they are – these will save me lots of money from buying Larabars!! Thanks!

  207. Sarah Kallio says:

    These look so good! First thing I’ll make in my Vitamix is a green smoothie…and then these! 😉

  208. J.Stahl says:

    I’m curious, could you use dried dates rather than fresh for these, or would it totally ruin things?
    I’m not sure I’ve actually seen fresh dates here in a long time, but I will keep an eye out at our local Turkish markets. If anyone has them other than dried, they’d be it.

    1. Dried are good for this recipe!

  209. Kelsey Thomas says:

    I made them into bars…seriously amazing!

  210. Toni says:

    Katie – These are amazing. I have made them a handful of times and they are my new go-to when I need a little sweet. I now have dates on my weekly grocery list so I know that I can make these at any time! Last night my husband asked if there were any fudge balls left and within 5 minutes I was able to have some ready! I love that. Thanks. Keep up the great work.

  211. Sophie says:

    Fantastic, thanks for sharing this recipe! It inspired me to make my own version using walnuts, coconut oil and spirulina. They certainly pack a punch! http://www.portugalsmallholding.org/2013/01/raw-chocolate-walnut-balls/

  212. Alicia says:

    I love ALL your recipes! I just have one question…I’ve been searching all over for no sugar added shredded coconut and I can’t find it anywhere ! Any suggestions?

    1. Try the bulk aisle of any health food store or Whole Foods or even some regular grocery stores with a bulk aisle. Some grocery stores also sell it in the baking aisle (near the canned pumpkin and Diamond walnuts).

      1. Alicia says:

        Thank you so much! There is one last bulk store in our area that I’ve been meaning to hit that’s relatively new, so I’m hoping they’ll have it! I’ve been dabbeling in a raw diet, after going vegan about a year ago, and your recipes are the only thing that’s gotten me through the tough spots! Thank you for your awesome recipes!

  213. Rosemary says:

    I just made these and they are SOOOOO GOOD! Tastes like something that came out of a gourmet candy box! Thanks for all your awesome recipes, Katie!

  214. Jayne says:

    OMG. I made these last night and they were effing amazing. so decadently chocolatey. thank you for this recipe!

  215. Laura says:

    Oh man! These were awesome. 😀 followed the recipe exactly

  216. Lauren says:

    These were so delicious! Tasted like fudge. I made them with about 7-8 dates (not sure how many 3/4 cup is) and I only got 5 balls, each about the size of a cotton ball. How many dates do you use to get 10? What does 3/4 cups translate to?

  217. Eliana says:

    I loved this recipe. I don’t love dates though and was wondering if you have tried this with any other dried fruits and if it worked? I thought about prunes or raisins, but would love any other ideas.

  218. Cathy says:

    Tried making these today, and I learned that it was a bad idea to grind the nuts in the food processor too. They ended up releasing a lot (!) of oil, so the mixture was greasy. Probably would’ve been better to mix them in by hand after blending the rest of the ingredients. Taste is still good, but texture is way too oily.

  219. Nan says:

    Just made these, and they are yum!! Fast, too. But when I plugged them into MyFitnessPal, the nutrition info is way different. I used 1/2C pecans, as that was the size of the bag, and medjool dates (it took 10 to make 3/4C) I don’t know if that made the difference. I made 10 balls, will probably do 14 the next time, as they were a bit big. But 10 balls comes to 110 cals, 5 fat, 20 carbs, 1g protien. Pretty much double your nutrition info. I think the difference is in the dates, volume vs. weight, but the texture/consistency seems right. Otherwise, I’d think they’d come apart.

  220. Amber says:

    My kids just devoured these! Btw if I put a date in front of them they would never in a million years eat it but these… So good!

  221. Anonymous says:

    Without trying to read allllll the commens has anyone tried freezing these???

  222. Dana says:

    Hi Katie! I’ve been reading your blog for a year now and can’t believe I haven’t posted a comment yet! What you’re doing here is absolutely wonderful and I’m always excited to come check out CCK for new recipes. I just tried the these bites and they are super delish and my mom LOVES THEM! So great to have something super chocolatey in the house when I only have cocoa powder and don’t want to make a huge batch of something full of fat and processed sugar that I most definitely will eat the entire batch of. Thanks so much for everything you do here, it’s much appreciated by me and all of your followers! :)

  223. Kathy says:

    I have made these twice in the last 3 days and they are so yummy. I used cashews
    the first time ( a double batch) and pecans (a triple batch) the next. Both are great with cashews being my fav. I think!!!!!
    Love your recipes. Thank you.

  224. Heather says:

    Alright, I just made these to RAVE reviews from my boyfriend! These are absolutely amazing! I coated them in shredded coconut and they look like professional truffles. i might be making these for gifts in the future. Thanks so much Katie!!

  225. Brody says:

    Awesome!
    I think these could be the basis for a great rum ball recipe…

  226. Shandra Grace says:

    Hi Katie! I just made these for the second time, but this time I rolled the balls in cocoa, and lightly pressed them ( to make cookies) and it is divine, when I bit into the cookie it reminded me of Edmund from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe movie when he bit into the turkish delight! (Couldn’t think of another way to describe them haha) So good. :)

  227. Ellen says:

    Hi Katie! I just stumbled across your website, and it seems awesome. However, I just tried to make these German Chocolate Fudge Bites, and I can’t get them to stick together. Can you give me some advice? I would really appreciate it!

  228. Elizabeth S. Dete says:

    I love your German Chocolate Bites. Going with the whole German theme I have made Black Forest Cherry Chocolate Bites with half dates and half dried cherries. I have also made Sachertorte Chocolate Bites with half dates and half dried apricots. Both very good. Thanks for your wonderful site, Katie!

  229. Julia says:

    Just made these and they are delicious! Followed the recipe exactly as stated, they turned out awesome. Mine yielded about 7 brownie bites so I ended up making another quick batch really quick.

  230. Alyssa says:

    I made these tonight and they tasted great!!! However, they turned out a little crumbly- I could get them into balls but they fell apart pretty easily. Any ideas on how to fix that or what went wrong?

    None-the-less they tasted great!!!

    1. Try adding up to 1T water if they’re too crumbly. And look for SunMaid dates, which are softer.

  231. Rachel K. says:

    I just made these. I bought dates at Trader Joe’s today so I could make some of your desserts. Sadly I do not have a food processor or a blender. I have a little chopper/processor about a 1.5 cup capacity that was my mom’s. It is probably from the 80’s and I almost killed it making these (on a smaller scale of course). I made it smoke and it was smelly but they were tasty and very much worth it! I really need to get a real food processor to make more of your desserts. I love your blog and have tried some of your other recipes too. Thank you for giving me some healthy/ier alternatives to satisfy my sweet tooth and chocoholism.

  232. Karissa says:

    Thanks Katie!
    I used almonds and left out the chocolate. So delicious! Each ingredient really tastes so great together. You’re a genius. I love your stuff and I make it all the time.

  233. Sarah says:

    Really delicious and sooo easy!! I rolled them in dessicated coconut and they came out so good!
    Thanks!

  234. Marika Walker says:

    I just made this recipe, and it seemed really dry. I had a hard time making it stick into balls. Any suggestions?

    1. Maybe your dates were too dry… in that case you can add just a *little bit* of water to the food processor. Or just process longer, and the nuts will release oil and the dough will become stickier. But if possible, try SunMaid dates, as they have always been super soft and moist when I use them.

      1. Annika says:

        Yeah mine were quite dry so I added a little water and it was fine :)

  235. Lysa says:

    Wow, those look amazing! Absolutely love the pictures and really can’t believe, they’re healthy. I definitely have to try them and I am pretty sure they are the perfect gift of sweetness for the nex party!

  236. Kimberley says:

    Oh my goodness. I made these a few nights ago… They work out to about 57 calories each (I’m on a calorie controlled diet and wanted something chocolatey to snack on). They are INCREDIBLE! YUM!!!

  237. Tara says:

    THESE ARE SO GOOODD! Brownies are my favourite dessert and these taste just like them! I have made this recipe loads of times although I didn’t use shredded coconut and I substituted the pecans for walnuts as I didn’t have them.

  238. Mrs. D. says:

    I made these last night, and I may not make them again until Christmas BECAUSE my husband and I simply could not stop eating them! Oh my goodness!! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. They will be made (and devoured) again!!

  239. Annika says:

    OH MY GOSH YUM!!! I used almond meal as I had it in the cupboard, needed a teaspoon of water to bring it together but YUM-O! Thanks for your amazing recipes!

  240. Sue says:

    OMG, these were delicious. Used all these healthy ingredients, then crushed some butterscotch chips to roll them in, to be truly my idea of German Chocolate Bites.

    Every ingredient that I put in the magic bullet, needed to be scraped from the sides. To be expected I guess. Dates are gooey, pecans have oil that makes them stick to each, same with chips.

    Took these to a family and friends gathering. So many compliments! My 80-yr old Mom liked them too.

    A hit all around. I made a double batch. That made close to 30.
    I found it easier to roll the ingredients by wetting my hands first.

    Yim. No matter how many times I say it, just y-u-m.

  241. Anastasia says:

    Fantastic recipes , my 2 1/2 year old loves the nutella and the fudge pops , the whole family enjoys the sweet recipes as we all have a sweat tooth!

  242. Madeleine says:

    These sound delicious and I want to make them right now, but I only have macadamia nuts and walnuts on hand! Would the taste change dramatically if I substituted the pecans for one of these other nuts? Thanks and keep up the good work!

    – Madeleine :)

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      They will be different but just as delicious!

  243. Cynthia says:

    One of my favorite foods is coconut. But I’m sorry to say that coconut (oil) is the worst thing that you can put in your body to clog up your arteries. I don’t where coconut oil came from as a wonder food these days! i hear from many people that “at least I am taking coconut oil” as if it were a medicine! I saw my cardiologist yesterday and asked him what he thought about the controversy of coconut oil, healthy vs unhealthy. When i asked his opinion, his face quickly turned white. He has a lot of jars and pills in his office. He uses them as props, some healthy some not. He had a jar in his office. He picked up the jar of coconut oil and said one thing. “Do you actually want this in your arteries?” Very scary, 1 tsp or less, it doesn’t matter, building up slowly or fast. It still builds up and stays there. He is the top lipid and trigliceride specialist at the hospitals that I attend which is one of the top hospitals in the country. There has to be an alternative to the taste and texture. Can you come up with a good alternative? Some of the recipes you suggest that it can be left out. Is that the alternative?

  244. Erin C says:

    Thoughts on adding in some chocolate protein powder or ground flax seed?

  245. Stephanie says:

    I’m in the middle of my second 6 week sugar fast, and these wonderful little things have absolutely satisfied my sweet tooth cravings (and saved my sanity!). Thank you so much for sharing your creatively fantastic recipes! :)

  246. GailC says:

    I’m in heaven!! Just made some and they are sooooo good. Just what I need to satisfy a chocolate craving.

  247. Alyssa says:

    Do you like to use Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder for these?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      That works fine.

  248. michelle says:

    these saved me tonight! I had made them before, but forgot about them. I have to go out and buy more dates. thank you!!!

  249. Kaci says:

    I really like these balls- I make them often! I am planning to make this recipe for a 4-H contest and was wondering if you could tell me how many servings are in the whole recipe and how much of it is one serving? Thanks!

    1. Kaci says:

      Or is each ball considered one serving? Thanks again!

  250. Stephanie Dees says:

    These and the Raspberry Fudge Bites SAVED me during my 21-day “Clean” cleanse. Thank goodness Raw Cacao powder is approved, I need my chocolate! Thank you for creating such decadent tasting recipes with ingredients I actually want to put into my body! These were especially rich and yummy, I did add a touch of coconut oil to help it hold together, my food processor could have been the issue! But such a delightful treat. YUM!

  251. Sweettooth says:

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! These turned out yummy and chocolatey and was exactly what I needed since I wanted a good chocolate dessert but without the refined sugar and cream. All the sweetness comes from the dates and it’s packed with fiber and natural goodness!

  252. Juanita says:

    I made these last night but added a little sugar free caramel, granola, and mashed banana to hold it all together. It was amazing! Thanks!

  253. Carissa says:

    I made these with half walnuts and half cashews since that’s what I had and they’re delicious! Toddler approved too – he stole a second one off the counter 😉

  254. Lia says:

    I made these tonight, and LOVED them! My four-year-old boy loved them too. I brought them to the table for dessert, and my son had a mini butterfinger candy bar in his hand. He took a bite of the Butterfinger, then tried one of these German-Chocolate Fudge Bites. He put the Butterfinger down and reached for another German-Chocolate Fudge Bite! I will definitely be making these again.

  255. sue says:

    This are DEE-licious! I have made a few times in my Vitamix and it is do-able HOWEVER it is really annoying to scoop it all out of the bottom under the blade and also- for some reason if you do not get it right up to full speed (like you do when making almond butter) and tamper it, the almonds become ROCK HARD. Cant bite them at ALL.

  256. Crystal Rose says:

    I went off sugar a few weeks back and was craving something with chocolate. I just made these. I didn’t get an overwhelming fudge flavor like I was hoping for. I added some olive oil to help them mix up right & switched the pecans to macadamia nuts. In the future this could easily be fixed by soaking the dates with a little bit of water 15 min prior to blending. These were really good, not too sweet, and reminded me of the filling you might find in those fruit & nut boxed candies. I would make these again with some sort of melted chocolate mix to dip these in. I feel like a hard chocolate shell would be a great finishing touch.

  257. Melissa Alexander says:

    So, I was quite skeptical about the concept; but I’ve been looking desperately for a “healthy” treat that I won’t feel guilty about, IF I decide to partake of it on a daily basis. My Nanny made a fantabulous German Chocolate Cake when I was little, so I decided I would take my foray into healthier desserts a bit further with this chosen one. (I’ve already made your cookie pie, which my healthfood averse fiance’ inhaled.) Anywho, I was very pleasantly surprised! I LOVE them. I did add 2T of chocolate chips to the concoction. With my addition and making 10 balls, the nutritionals are 97 calories and 5.8 grams of fat. I can have two of them for less calories and fat than a candy bar AND get in some health benefits while I stuffing my face! I am totally stoked to try more of your recipes and will never doubt said recipes again!

  258. Andrea says:

    I love this recipe and have made it many times. It totally satisfies my German chocolate cake loving, diabetic husband. Thank you so much

  259. Jennifer says:

    These were sooooo good! They tasted like brownies! I can’t get enough of these!

  260. Colleen says:

    These taste WONDERFUL… And are very addictive

  261. Tawny says:

    These are awesome!! And so easy to make and simple ingredients. I have been craving chocolate, and this satisfied my taste buds. I will be sure to share :) Thanks for the recipe and keep up the good work!

    Tawny☆

  262. Holly says:

    Made these and they are AWESOME. Thank you for sharing.

  263. JJ says:

    Wow! Was this quick, easy and delicious. I love the idea of using the plastic bag to squish it together after taking it out of the food processor (It was fun). I also added some chocolate peanut butter powder along with the cocoa powder, and, of course, the chocolate chips.
    I’m bringing what’s left to my friend’s house. I’m also bringing along toothpicks for retrieving, otherwise the cocoa/dates gets stuck to your hands. Thanks for another awesome recipe. I’m looking forward to getting your recipe book:)

  264. Amber says:

    Katie, do you have a healthy vegan version of tres leches cake?! This is my favorite but we recently completely converted to vegan and I hate to give up my favorite cake! I didn’t see anything on your site, but maybe I missed it? Or….maybe it will be your next challenge?:)
    p.s. I love your recipes! They have made it easier for me become vegan and give up my favorite things! <3

  265. Luna Kaddatz says:

    They look and sound so good – and I like them because I am from Germany and.. yes, these are “GERMAN-Chocolate-Fudge-Bites” hehe :)

    The first thing I would make in the Vitamix would be.. I think it would probably be a selfmade nut-butter! Maybe a peanut butter because I LOVE peanut butter!

  266. Maia Shannon says:

    Hi I have to cook for a class that is gluten, but, and cow’s milk free, is there anything nut free to substitute for the pecans? Or can I leave them out altogether?