Healthy Chocolate Orange Truffles


By Elise Museles of Kale and Chocolate

Aside from being delicious bite-sized treats, these easy no-bake truffles are filled with nourishing ingredients that you don’t get in most commercial varieties. Be prepared to get a little messy before enjoying every morsel of this guilt-free snack or dessert.


  • 1 cup cashews or almonds
  • ¾ cup packed Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Raw cacao, cocoa powder, or shredded coconut for dusting


  • Place cashews/almonds in a food processor and blend until finely ground but not a paste.
  • Add in the dates, cocoa powder, sea salt and vanilla.
  • Once the mixture is smooth, pulse in the orange zest and process until everything is incorporated together.
  • Next, with slightly wet hands, roll into 1-inch balls. If the mixture is too sticky to handle, place in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes until firm enough to roll.
  • Lightly cover each truffle with cocoa powder or shredded coconut.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
  • Store any remaining truffles in an airtight glass container up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze to have on hand always. Yum!