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Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls

4.93 from 27 votes

These nut-free raw chocolate fudge balls are super delicious, made with just THREE ingredients!

Easy Vegan Nut Free Chocolate Truffles


Sugar Free


Egg Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Oil Free

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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Chocolate Paleo Truffles

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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Healthy Chocolate Truffles (Nut Free, Allergy Friendly)

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.

Secretly Healthy Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls
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Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls

These raw chocolate fudge balls are nut free, vegan, gluten free, and there's no baking required.
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 10 – 14 truffles
4.9 from 27 votes


  • 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.
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For a low carb version, try these Keto Brownie Bombs.

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Published on August 23, 2020

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  1. Maria says

    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.

    • Geanie says

      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.

  2. 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!

    • Morgan says

      5 stars
      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! ?)

  3. Liz says

    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.

  4. Matea says

    Are you kidding me?! Delicious! Amazing! I-can-eat-a-whole-batch kinda recipe! Thanks for sharing, Katie 🙂

  5. Rachel says

    Wow these look nice, I have no food allergies but I’ll still be making these!

  6. Jacklyn says

    hi Katie 🙂

    I just wanted to say I love all your recipes. I make them..a 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

  7. Whit says

    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?


  8. Veronika says

    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! 😀

  9. Dara chappie says

    I’m very excited about trying the sweet potato burgers today. I also love vegetarian Indian dishes

  10. Connie says

    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.

  11. Katelin says

    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! 🙂

  12. Laura says

    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!!! 😀

  13. Amy says

    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.

      • Erica Padmore says

        Hello Katie,
        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!

  14. Kayla Herrera says

    5 stars
    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 😉

  15. Cindy says

    5 stars
    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!

  16. Sophia says

    5 stars
    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.

  17. Elizabeth says

    5 stars
    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.

  18. Veronica says

    5 stars
    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 !!!

  19. Kathleen says

    5 stars
    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?.

  20. Alex says

    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!

  21. Heramb Chocolate says

    Arabian dates and Gourmet Chocolates are Fantastic Gift for Ramadan and Eid, Celebrate Ramadan and Eid with lovely gift that includes gourmet chocolate products along with dates dipped with delicious toppings such as almonds, coconut, and pistachios.

    • 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. Linda says

    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

  25. Jessica says

    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

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