Pecan-date-cacao truffles with Kona liqueur | Gluten-free, paleo, whole foods | Recipe Renovator

Boozy little cacao truffles, super simple to make for holiday parties

I haven’t made truffles like this in a long time, since they’re not migraine friendly. Every single component—the deliciously sweet dates, the pecans, the cacao nibs, the alcohol—is a migraine trigger. Sometimes the Universe conspires… my neighbor was downsizing and I was gifted three bottles of unusual liqueurs. I figured, “Recipe inspiration!”

Then I was asked to make a dessert for a neighborhood fundraiser. On a weekend I am gone. I realized I could make these in advance, and they would get just a little more boozy if they sit a week in the fridge. And getting a little more boozy isn’t a bad thing. These taste like candy bars. Like candy bars, they should be eaten in moderation. But if you’re going to have a treat, these are whole foods and are completely plant-based. Skip the booze if making for a family gathering. Skip the salt for low-sodium diets.

Suitable for:

low-sodium, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, reduced-sugar diets; low-sodium if you omit the salt

Not for:

migraine, low-tyramine, Whole30, nut-free diets

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Pecan-date-cacao truffles with Kona liqueur | Gluten-free, paleo, whole foods | Recipe Renovator

Pecan-date-cacao truffles with Kona liqueur

Luscious, boozy little morsels.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 20 truffles


  • 10 dates fresh, preferably Medjool
  • 1 cup pecans (115 g)
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs unsweetened (50 g)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt vanilla or smoked sea salt or pink Himalayan salt (omit for low-sodium diets)
  • 2 tbsp Kona liqueur can add more if needed


  • Remove the pits from the dates.
  • Finely grind the sea salt in a mortar and pestle, to make less salt flavor go farther.
  • Put the dates in your food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Process until the mixture is finely ground and holds together when pressed.
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  • Using a 1 T. measure, form the truffles and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, waxed paper, or a silicone sheet.
  • Sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt flakes if desired.
  • Refrigerate until firm.


Per serving:
  • 99 calories
  • 6 g fat
  • 2 g saturated fat
  • 2 g monounsaturated fat
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 120 mg sodium (8 mg sodium with salt omitted)
  • 73 mg potassium
  • 12 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g fiber
  • 7 g sugars
  • 2 g protein
  • 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.