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Fudge Babies – The Famous Recipe!

Everyone’s favorite Fudge Babies—one of my most popular recipes of all time—are finally making a comeback!!!

RAW CHOCOLATE FUDGE BALLS One of the most popular recipes from @choccoveredkt, with over 9,000 repins and 3,000 facebook likes! These are the original chocolate fudge balls - no added sugar, no baking required, and they taste like pure chocolate bliss! Full recipe here:


Oil Free



Just 5 Ingredients… and NO Baking Required!

These secretly vegan and healthy chocolate fudge balls, with just a few wholesome ingredients and no added sugar, are easy to make, completely delicious… and totally addictive!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!!!

fudge baby

fudge babies

Prepare to fall in love…

This has been one of my most popular recipes with readers over the years… and for good reason.

If you’ve never heard of Fudge Babies, they’re basically raw and paleo chocolate truffles made without any added sugars, oil, or processed ingredients, and they’re pretty much impossible to stop eating. The recipe is one of the easiest healthy desserts you’ll ever try. Fudge Babies will always have a special place in my heart because—long before the Cookie Dough Dip or the Black Bean Brownies came onto the scene—this was actually the first one of my recipes to ever go viral!

Fudge Babies come in all sorts of different flavors, such as Thin Mint, German Chocolate, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. You can roll them into balls, cut out shapes with cookie cutters, or even form them into bars to make your own homemade Larabars, for a healthy snack any time you’re craving chocolate. You can also roll them in coconut flour if you want to make your own homemade Larabar Bites. And because they don’t need to be refrigerated, they’re great for any of the following:

Packing in a lunchbox

Making a batch to give as a gift

Shipping to family or friends

Taking as a healthy on-the-go snack

fudge baby batter

So why highlight the Fudge Babies again now?

Well first of all, the recipe is way too good to be lost in the archives. If you have just 5 minutes, I highly recommend making a batch. They are ridiculously fun to make and even more fun to eat. Especially with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Fudge Babies are the perfect recipe, because they’re both heart-healthy and sinfully decadent and chocolatey at the same time.

But even more importantly: On February 21st, at noon EST, I’ll be making these fudge babies live in the studio at the USA Today Headquarters!


**The live broadcast will also run on the Chocolate Covered Katie Facebook Page, so be sure to follow if you want to watch me make the recipe with the team at USA Today.**

No Bake Fudge Babies

I included a few flavor variations below, but the sky really is the limit – Have fun coming up with your own Fudge Baby flavors by adding ingredients such as chia seeds, almond extract, shredded coconut, instant coffee, or anything else you think sounds good. I’d love to see your variations, so please feel free to post a photo of your results in the comment section below, or tag me on Instagram @ChocolateCoveredKatie.


Original Fudge Babies

Fudge Babies – The Famous Recipe!

Total Time: 5m
Yield: Depends on size rolled
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  • 1 cup walnuts, or nuts of choice – Or here’s a Nut-Free Version
  • 1 1/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
  • optional just over 1/8 tsp salt
  • optional mini chocolate chips
  • optional add-ins, such as chia seeds or shredded coconut


*If your dates are super hard, just soak them in boiling water for a half hour. Most regular grocery stores carry dates; just be sure to buy them pitted. I usually add the salt, but it’s your choice!

Blend all ingredients in a food processor (or halve the recipe and use a single serve blender or mini chopper). When doing a full recipe, I’ve found that a food processor works much better than a blender because everything processes more evenly and the results are not a sticky mess. Roll into balls – I find it’s easiest to transfer the dough to a ziploc and smush it into one big ball, then break off pieces and roll into smaller balls. Feel free to dip in melted chocolate or roll in cocoa powder or shredded coconut or coconut flour. You can also form bars or even roll out the dough and cut shapes with cookie cutters!

View Nutrition Facts



Hot Chocolate Fudge Babies: 1/4 cup raw cashews or walnuts, loosely packed 2/3 cup pitted dates, 1 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder, pinch salt

Coconut Cookie Fudge Babies: loosely packed 2/3 cup pitted dates, 1 1/2 tbsp coconut butter, pinch salt

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Babies: 1/4 cup roasted peanuts (with salt), loosely packed 2/3 cup pitted dates, 1 tbsp cocoa, 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract

And here’s a Cookie Dough Version!




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Published on October 13, 2009

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  1. Joanne says

    Just made these on recommendation from a work friend. They are out of this world! And, yes, addicting! Thank you!

  2. Emma says

    Oh my god! I’ve been struggling to find healthy recipes that actually taste delicious and this recipe was PERFECT! I actually tried to stop myself from having more than one because I was convinced they were rich, unhealthy chocolate fudge truffles. But then I remembered they are HEALTHY (and have the best name)! They just taste so good I keep forgetting. Huge hit with the whole family (even the fussy ones). Thank you you clever little thing!

    PS I substituted the walnuts for almond meal (due to allergies and lack of actual almonds in the house), and had to add a little water to make the consistency right.

    • Fanny says

      I think that really depends on the size of the ball you made. I made a quater portion of the recipe and roll into fingertip-size little ball. I finally got about 25 candy-balls

  3. cathy says

    minutes 1 through 380 – wish I had a chocolate snack in the house
    minute 381 – Get on internet for black bean brownie recipe
    minute 382 – get distracted by this recipe
    minutes 383 through 385 – continue looking for black bean recipe
    minute 386 – say to myself, “who am I kidding?” and array computer into kitchen
    minutes 387 to 390 – gather ingredients and put into food processor
    minute 392 – sample and S M I L E
    minute 393 – Thank you note to Katie, kindred spirit via her blog.

    Thank you Katie, for satisfying my desire without killing my waistline!

  4. Katelyn says

    Hey Katie! Do you mind telling me how many servings/balls this makes and the amount of calories in each one???

  5. Kathryn says

    Katie, thank you!! I work in a hospital laboratory and it’s currently Lab Week. Also known as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Anyway, all week long, the lab is showered with goodies. Each day someone (usually the company of some of the machines we use) brings in something special. We’ve had a Mexican day, Pizza day, ice cream day, etc. Unfortunately for me, I decided to take on a special diet last week and I can’t have any of it! So what did I do? Make a huge batch of fudge babies! Which I then split into thirds and left some at cashew cookie, some hot cocoa, and some peppermint hot cocoa. They totally help me get through the day!! When I’m craving a brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce, I have a fudge baby or two and I’m satisfied 🙂 In love. Thanks again, Katie! By the way, sorry for being long-winded.

  6. Fanny says

    I just made these in a small portion….that s really really awesome! Great natural sweetness with no extra sugar added! Definitely love them. My sister doubted the taste when I said I would try the recipe. Can’t wait to let her taste it

  7. kaytee says

    OMG just made these for the first time, they smell amazing! I had to put them straight in the freezer, otherwise I was in danger of eating the whole lot right out of the mixing bowl!

  8. Olivia Grace says

    I have been meaning to make these for ages, and when I finally got my food processor, I knew this would be among the first recipes I would need to try. Words cannot express how enthralled I am to be able to create such amazing, guilt-free, amazingly chocolatey balls of fudginess! I love to roll them in cocoa powder, because I feel like I’m eating a high-end chocolate truffle 🙂 Thank you for the amazing recipe! You never let me down 🙂

  9. millie says

    I have made these twice now, and just made them for a third time, but completely different… Instead of dates I used half dried peaches and half dried cranberries (because that’s what I had in the cupboard) and I used brazil nuts and almonds for the nut portion. No cocoa, rolled in coconut (which I also did for the original recipe, but is more vital for this new version, as the mix has come out quite sticky). They are DELICIOUS. Do recommend trying different fruit and nut combinations!



  10. Janna says

    OMG my toddler cant get enough of these (and me too)! I make these in a vitamix. Has anyone else noticed that the walnut oil separates out? I do blend the heck out of these so it tastes just like soft tootsie rolls and pour the few tbsp of oil off.



  11. Carly says

    Oh me goodness! I wanna make these for a little study snack!….and for dinner!….and for dessert! This girl needs it?



  12. Rachael says

    I’m going to use these for a valentines treat for my boyfriend. But I think I’ll make one of all your variations… definitely the peanut butter ones!!! Kind of like a healthy alternative to the standard chocolate heart. Thank you for the inspiration!!! Oh and btw I had to make them ten minutes after stumbling on them. They are fantastic!!!! I made small round cookies and have eaten at least 8 of them today!



  13. Harriet says

    I was so excited to try this recipe because I ADORE chocolate and dates!
    Unfortunately my Breville food processor couldn’t manage the dates. I don’t know if it was because the dates were too hard or the food processor not strong enough. I was so dissappointed! 🙁

  14. Courtney says

    I’m making these fudge babies for some friends for Christmas (their kids have a laundry list of allergies, and these are a rare safe treat!).
    Question: Should I refrigerate them? I’ve just made them, but it will be a couple of days before I can deliver them.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Thank you so much for catching that. Katie just fixed it! It’s fine to leave it out too, if you want a non chocolate version.

  15. Kenzie says

    I made these and they came out too crumbly to roll into balls. Is there something I could add to make them stick together better?

  16. TolaCrew says

    Wow! These were SO easy and SO delicious! Trying to get my kids to eat pecans so I used those and the truffles came out just perfect. This will become a regular in the rotation!

  17. Joyce says

    Hi KATIE,
    Always enjoy perusing your recipe selection and have tried some too! With the fudge babies variations, do I add it to the whole batch of dough/batter or divide the dough and add the variations?

    • Jason Sanford says

      For the variations, just ignore the original recipe completely and only use the amounts and ingredients listed in the variation you’re making 🙂

  18. Niki says

    I am 9 years old. I made these with my mom and when we were making the fudge babies I couldn’t stop eating them before they were made into a ball.

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