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Bourbon Date Nut Truffles in a bowl.

Bourbon Date Nut Truffles

Vegan and gluten free, this rich, chocolatey and boozy date nut truffle makes a fabulous holiday gift, after dinner indulgence or a dinner party treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Date Nut Truffles
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 26 Truffles
Calories 123kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean


  • 1/2 C Walnuts 56 g
  • 3/4 C Almonds 106 g
  • 12 Medjool Dates 280g unpitted, pitt before processing
  • 1/4 C Whiskey Bourbon optional, see notes
  • 3 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa I use Rodelle, 26 g
  • 1/2 tsp Pink Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
  • 1 1/2 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut divided 141 g
  • 3 Tbs Cocoa Nibs 24 g
  • 3-4 Tbs Maple Syrup* - optional see note


  • Place the nuts on a sheet pan and toast at 350F for 8-9 minutes. Also, toast 1/2 C shredded coconut (for rolling the truffle in) on a separate sheet pan and toast at same temperature for about 6 minutes. Set aside.
  • Add toasted nuts to a food processor bowl (this can be done while the nuts are still warm) and process until the nuts are finely chopped. There will be some that are finely chopped and others that are a bit larger. This is ok. Empty nuts into a large bowl and set aside.
  • Remove the pits from the dates. Add the dates, bourbon, cocoa, sea salt and vanilla bean paste or extract into the same food processor bowl (no need to wash it). Process the date mixture until a paste forms. You may need to scrape the bowl down several times as the dates tend to clump into a ball.
  • Add the toasted, finely chopped nuts to the food processor along with 1 C untoasted coconut. Pulse mixture together until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Dump mixture into a large bowl and pour in the cocoa nibs. Mix together with hands, squeezing and mashing until the cooca nibs are evenly distributed. Add maple syrup if desired and to taste. 
  • Use a #50 scoop or 1 1/4 Tbs to portion individual balls. Roll each portion between you hands to make a ball. Then roll the truffle in the toasted coconut.
  • Serve at room temperature. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to two weeks.


For a booze-less truffle, leave out the bourbon and add, 1/4 C espresso or strong coffee.
Bourbon/Whiskey or Leave Out?  Opt to use what best fits your diet/needs whether a traditional bourbon/whiskey or a sorghum based whiskey, you can leave it out or sub in espresso or strong coffee. Conflicting information remains regarding distilled spirits being okay to consume for some gluten free individuals, but may not be okay for all. 
These truffles are rich. For added sweetness, taste after all the ingredients are mixed together and if a little sweeter truffle is desired, add the maple syrup to taste. 


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg