Dark Chocolate, Walnut Truffles

Posted by Emma Swanston on

Delicious mouthfuls of velvety goodness, these truffles are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly and made by the beautiful Emma Swanston from Better with Cake.

All natural and oh so easy to make, these truffles are subtly sweet yet deliciously indulgent. Perfect for that chocolate fix, but with the added goodness of collagen and hemp hearts these truffles definitely get our tick of approval. 

Time: 20 Mins | Makes: approximaely 20 balls


1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup raw cashews
3 Tablespoons of hemp seeds
3/4 cup medjool dates*
1 Tablespoon of cacao
1 Tablespoon of coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon of instant espresso (optional – please note you can’t actually taste the espresso I find it just really helps to enhance and intensify the flavor of the chocolate/cacao)
1 teaspoon of vanilla (or 4-6 drops of vanilla cream stevia – I like to use Sweet Leaf Stevia )
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of maca powder – optional
2 scoops of marine collagen

Optional for serving

Finely shredded coconut flakes
Hemp Hearts


  1. Optional but highly (HIGHLY) recommended – Place your nuts on to a lined baking tray and roast at 175’C/350’F for 5-10 mins until lightly toasted, gloriously golden and deliciously fragrant.
  2. Once toasted, place your nuts into your food processor/blender and pulse until crumbly, you want there to still be a few bigger chunks to give the bites some nice texture.
  3. Add dates and process until the mixture starts to come together into a sticky, loose “dough”.
  4. Add vanilla, hemp seeds, salt, cacao, espresso, maca and collagen (if using) then process again until combined.
  5. Using your hands, roll approx 1 small Tablespoons worth of dough into bite size balls then set aside.
  6. If you are going to coat your bliss bites in cacao, coconut or extra hemp seeds simply place your cacao, coconut and/or hemp seeds into a small bowl or zip lock bag and gentle press/shake until nicely coated. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Note:   I like to make my bites on the smaller side. You would probably need 3 of mine to make up one of those golf ball size bites you buy at cafe’s or in stores.

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