These nut-free raw chocolate fudge balls are super delicious, made with just THREE ingredients!
If you’ve been reading this blog for a really long time, you might remember one of my most popular recipes, the Fudge Babies.
The original raw chocolate balls, fudge babies had no added sugar, no oil or heavy cream, and they tasted like pure chocolate bliss.
The recipe sparked hundreds of spin-offs from bloggers all over the world, with over 4,000 likes on facebook, and it was one of the three recipes I was asked to make during my guest appearance on USA Today.
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There was only one problem with the fudge babies…
Like many other raw desserts, the base of the original raw chocolate fudge balls was raw nuts, such as walnuts or cashews.
This meant everyone allergic to nuts or who chose not to eat them couldn’t join in the fudge baby fun.
So finally, here is a chocolatey raw dessert that is 100% completely nut-free!
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The pinch of salt gives these raw chocolate truffles surprising flavor depth, making up for the lack of fat in the recipe, and they’re pretty easy to whip up for a quick snack.
Note: If you’re looking for a more traditional truffle recipe instead of one with dates, here is my classic Chocolate Truffle Recipe.
Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
- 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- small handful mini chocolate chips, optional
- optional cocoa, shredded coconut, melted chocolate, etc.
- Combine the first three ingredients (and chips, if using) in a strong food processor or Vitamix, and blend until completely smooth. Scoop into a bowl, and freeze until the sticky dough is firm enough to roll balls (a half hour or so). Once balls are rolled—either with your hands or a mini cookie scoop—you can roll in the optional cocoa or coconut, or just eat them plain. I store leftover raw chocolate fudge balls in the freezer to keep them as firm as possible.View Nutrition Facts
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Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
These look so easy and delicious! I love dates (and chocolate, naturally).
shannonmarie (rawdorable) says
Those look delicious Katie. Now everyone can enjoy these fudge babies.
I make these, at least, once a fortnight! This is my favorite CCK recipe.
How many balls does a batch make?
Natasha @ Thoughts of Tradition says
In the nutrition facts, it says that it makes 14 truffles.
Little balls of crack! 🙂 Delicious, Katie!
Sam ~ it doesn't taste like chicken says
Oh omnomnom! These look delicious! Love your simple vegan treats Katie!
These look fabulous!
Does it matter what type of dates are used? Thanks!
What a fun thing to bring to a party! Does anyone know what the best kind of chocolate (melted) would be to use on the outside so that it solidifies?
Unofficial CCK Helper says
If you just take chocolate chips or broken up pieces of your favorite chocolate bar (such as Endangered Species, Pacari, Lindt, etc) you can just melt that and dip the balls in. Then freeze until hard.
I’m experimenting with tempering chocolate, otherwise it will always melt on your fingers, and using that to coat such treats. You can user special wafers, but they have stabilizers in them and aren’t the best. Of course, it depends on how natural you are trying to eat. At any rate, dates and chocolate… what could be better.
Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey says
Do you have any tips for making these in a Vitamix? I have one and sometimes have a hard time blending solids like dates without any liquid. I’ll usually use a food processor instead, but I’d prefer to use my Vitamix!
I doubled the recipe and used 4 tbsp and 1 tsp raw agave nectar, so I guess that would be 2 tbsp and 1/2 tsp for the original. That adds enough moisture for my blender if I keep stirring and scraping down the sides, but it does make the fudge sweeter (which I have no problem with! ?)
Nicole Underwood says
I keep seeing Raw recipes for desserts, but I haven’t been brave enough to try them…these actually sound do-able and something my family would enjoy. Thanks for posting!
Sounds delish! What do you think of adding protein powder for additional protein? I love the idea of protein balls but don’t like the taste of nuts or nut butter.
Gabriella Susanto says
Oh my my, these look so good Katie! It’s the perfect snack for a chocolatey fudgey pick me up!
Sprinkles of Sweetness says
Those look great! I love the original fudge babies, so I will be making these soon.
Are you kidding me?! Delicious! Amazing! I-can-eat-a-whole-batch kinda recipe! Thanks for sharing, Katie 🙂
LJ Briar says
My mother-in-law makes these! She adds lemon zest and they come out with a really dark chocolate, sharp flavour.
Thanks for creating this! Please keep more low fat, yummy, simple recipes coming!
This recipe sounds amazing. I was wondering, how many truffles does one batch make?
Looks yummy! 🙂
these look delicious!!
lisa @bitesforbabies says
These look divine!!! I amek raw bars and balls at least once a week but they are mainly nut and date based. I just made these http://www.bitesforbabies.com/recipes/no-bake-puffed-rice-balls/ the other day (wihtout dates) but I’ve never thought to make them with dates only! I can see how they would give them that creamy, chewy texture!
Wow these look nice, I have no food allergies but I’ll still be making these!
Wow – this looks so good. I’m having a road trip ahead of me so I’m really excited to make them for this occasion!
hi Katie 🙂
I just wanted to say I love all your recipes. I make them..a lot..so much that i have to swear to my hubby I won’t use all the maple syrup up 😉 I’m wondering if you realize how awesome it is that your recipes don’t require palm oil! 😀
Jacklyn, BC, Canada
I was wondering on the nutrition for these? Is it 55 calories per truffle ball or what?
Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite says
You are a damn genius. That is all.
It looks so delicious. 🙂
Hi, this may seem like a weird question but I was wondering if pitted prunes would be a good substitute instead of using the dates?
I was wondering the same thing (I can’t eat dates) ! Did you ever try them with prunes?
Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship says
Yeah! Even more fudge baby deliciousness!!!!
I just made these, and they are delicious!!! What a perfect breakfast-to-go 🙂
Yay, FINALLY a low fat energy balls recipe! Thank you Katie, you are the best!
These were a nightmare to make (SOOO sticky and difficult to blend) but oh my god, really worth the trouble. Absolutely delicious. Lucky for me, I wasn’t home alone when I made them, otherwise I would have eaten the whole batch! 😀
Hi, I find if I use gloves sprayed very lightly with Pam it’s so much easier to roll the balls
Dara chappie says
I’m very excited about trying the sweet potato burgers today. I also love vegetarian Indian dishes
I have looked everywhere for dates that are not made in a factory with nuts and seeds. I have given up hope ever to find safe dates or figs.
Andrea Perry says
They not only look but they taste great also (cocco ones) 🙂
Yay! Always happy to see your Paleo friendly recipes, thanks. :0)
These look so yum! However, when it says “1 tbsp plus 2 tsp cacao or cocoa powder” How much cocoa powder do I actually put in? Is it 1tbsp or 2tsp? Just a little confused. Otherwise, thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂
Unofficial CCK Helper says
1 tbsp cocoa PLUS 2 tsp cocoa. So both.
How are all your recipes healthy with all the chocolate?
Wow! I am pleasantly surprised at how good these are!! They are SO fast to make & are really, really delicious! I think this may be a new regular around here!! Thank you for sharing recipes that are truly healthy & truly delicious!!! 😀
These looked so good, but alas, both my food processor and my Vitamix motors burned up trying to process the dates. 🙁
This recipe may have made a Blendtec fan out of me.
Chocolate Covered Katie says
Try using SunMaid dates. They are much softer and are easy to process in a good food processor like a Cuisinart. (Make sure you get pitted dates as well.)
Erica Padmore says
Such a wonderful recipe and it`s so easy to prepare! Thak you very much! The SunMaid dates are perfect. My son has a Birthday yesterday and his friends eat the chocolate balls for a minutes! It was so delicious for the kids!
these were scrumptious and delicious!!……and also addictive…….
wow these look uber yummy!!
Om Ahmed First says
Thanks a lot for this delicious recipe. I am a big fan of dates recipes. Even date’s cake..
I have made these several times and everyone loves them. My office friends really enjoy them when I bring them in.
Chocolate Covered Katie says
I do! https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/10/11/chocolate-dipped-mocha-coconut-cookies/ 🙂
I would recommend just making the recipes that don’t use dates, as when they’re included they make up the bulk substance of a recipe so can’t really be omitted.
Kayla Herrera says
I recently started eating sugar free and the food I miss most is, of course, chocolate; I desperately, quickly found this recipe and had to try it out. The first 3 ingredients had some trouble coming together- I assumed because my dates had been in the refrigerator- just a little bit of coconut oil did the trick. I also added some vanilla extract along with the salt to bring out the chocolate. After freezing, rolling, and dusting them with coco, they were delicious. You know, I think I might be able to get through eating sugar free if I have these 😉
Just made these, super easy and 3 ingredients-dates, cocoa and choc chips, def satisfied my sweet tooth on my nye cleaneating diet, with no carbs for dinner!
These were amazing! So easy to make and so delicious! Thank you for the wonderful recipe Katie. We rolled them in sprinkles and coconut for a Valentine’s treat. They stayed good in the fridge and even held their shape when they were stored on the counter.
I made these tonight for Valentine’s day and subbed half of the dates for dried blueberries, a few chocolate chips, and just a dash of vanilla. Oh my gosh, they are addicting! Thanks for the idea.
These look most delicious and awesome! I can not wait to make these! I’m so excited!!!!!
betty nutley says
haven’t tried any recipes as yet, but they look absolutely yummy!
This recipe is amazing! The best part about it is that my 3 year old daughter ABSOLUTLY loves them. I feel so much better about her eating these since I made them and know what is in them. Thank you so much for making this super easy and even more delicious recipe !!!
After removing the mixture from the blender I didn’t want to waste the mixture that was sticking to the goblet so blitzed some soya milk to make a delicious chocolate milkshake. Yummy bonus?.
I made these recently for my kids and they enjoyed them very much!
These were great and also they tasted a lot like brigadeiros!!! But I have to say, your recipes always make so small portions there is never enough to share with anyone!
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Can you make these using melted cooking chocolate instead of the cocoa powder?
Jason Sanford says
You can definitely experiment and it sounds delicious. If you do try, be sure to report back here for others to know how it went!
Sounds delish! Question – Did you soak your dates before making the recipe, or just pit and grind ’em up?
Diana Johnson says
Made these in the Vitamix and it was too dry/sticky to process. Do you have any suggestions on what we could add to make it easier to blend?
Jason Sanford says
Do you have a food processor? I’ve found that these work much better in a food processor. But if they are too dry, just add a little bit of water.
Michelle Yorick says
I would like to add protein to these… any advice on how much protein powder to add? And would I need to alter other ingredients to keep the consistency in check? Thanks so much!
These are amazing. Thanks for sharing!!!
Amazing ! Yummy ! Addictive
I made these today. I had all I could do not just eat the batter…These will be definitely something I can keep in the fridge to satisfy my cravings
Thank you for this recipe I love it
Rolled this one in cocoa going to do coconut as well
My new favorite treat!!
These are amazing!! For the nutrition information, is it 55 calories for 1 ball or 14?
These taste like date balls. I like dates. These tastes like healthy snack. They are not a replacement for actual fudge, bridgederos or truffles. They’re dates balls guys