Date Truffles

August 15th, 2012

These are a lovely and easy little sweet to prepare. Made with dates, pistachios and shredded coconut, these truffles are a healthy alternative to date-filled pastries. Also, this is a delicious way to use up leftover dates from Ramadan.

The recipe is adapted from a similar one in Flavors of Morocco by Ghillie Basan.

Date Truffles

Makes about 20 small truffles

1½ cups (200 g) unsalted shelled pistachios

1½ cups high-quality dates, chopped

2-3 Tablespoons orange blossom water

1 Tablespoon honey

1cup dried, finely shredded coconut (unsweetened sticks the best)


  1. Toast the pistachios in heavy skillet or on baking sheet in moderate oven (350°F/175°C) until they emit a nutty aroma (about 5 minutes).
  2. Pour the shredded coconut into a shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. In a food processor (or with a mortar and pestle), grind the pistachios. Add the dates and mix or grind to form a thick paste.
  4. Transfer the pistachio-date paste to a bowl. Using your hands, mix in the orange blossom water and honey. (This can get very sticky.)
  5. One by one, shape into small even-sized balls and immediately roll in coconut while the ball is still sticky. Gently roll until completely coated in coconut. Repeat with the rest of the paste.
  6. Arrange truffles on a serving dish or place in miniature fluted paper cases. Store in airtight glass container in refrigerator for up to a week. Serve at room temperature.

Note: If you don’t care for coconut or you want more variety, try rolling the truffles in cocoa, chocolate sprinkles or finely chopped pistachios or almonds.

Question: Do you like to cook with dates? If so, what do you like to prepare?

  1. August 15th, 2012 at 18:29 | #1

    we make date fritters 🙂

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      August 17th, 2012 at 00:20 | #2

      Wow. Date fritters? Will definitely have to investigate that. I love anything with “fritter” in the name. 🙂

  2. August 15th, 2012 at 20:59 | #3

    Those look delicious!

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      August 17th, 2012 at 00:19 | #4

      Thanks, Jenne. 😉

  3. August 16th, 2012 at 02:22 | #5

    those are always on my family’s eid dessert table. I like using almonds in the truffles .. try adding rice krispies too!

    i make date tarts, sticky toffee pudding and i liked Susan Al Husaini’s date and orange scones

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      August 17th, 2012 at 00:19 | #6

      HI Maryam, You’ve inspired me to make these date truffles for Eid–in addition to the usual stuff. The rice krispies sounds like a great idea … especially for the kids. I will check out those date & orange scones. Meanwhile, wishing you & your family a lovely Eid. Happy Baking!

  4. August 17th, 2012 at 00:08 | #7

    Another beautiful post hopped from Foodgawker! We make Date Truffles as well – in slightly different manner though. Amazing how so many things are common across countries and culture and yet we are fighting for our own space!

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      August 17th, 2012 at 00:14 | #8

      Hi Ishita,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. So interesting about the Date Truffles … they are turning out to be quite international. Yes, there are countless variations.

  5. August 18th, 2012 at 15:12 | #9

    Hi mariam!!! Its my first time here… Beautiful blog n photography!!! I can see my future in making those truffles!! I m
    Salvating already!!

  6. August 20th, 2012 at 13:01 | #10

    Hi Holly. These look lovely and really healthy. Well done.L

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      August 20th, 2012 at 14:11 | #11

      Thanks for the comment, Lara. I made these again for Eid & they turned out well. I think I’ll make them every Eid.

  7. Amanda
    September 5th, 2012 at 19:07 | #12

    Hi Holly. I truly love your take on dates truffle and your photography too 🙂 it’s such a healthier snack compared to junk, and I can taste it now while typing, that they sure taste awesomely good too. However I would like to ask you, is there other ingredient besides Orange Blossom Water that I can substitute with? Thank you and have a pleasant day. 🙂

  8. Holly S. Warah
    Holly S. Warah
    September 5th, 2012 at 21:19 | #13

    Hi Amanda, Thanks for the comment. You can omit the orange blosson water and add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, sprinkled over the dates before mixing in.

  9. October 27th, 2012 at 15:11 | #14

    hey thats one lovely rcipe…been wondering since quite some time about what to do with the dates packet lying in my fridge and now i know. thanks for this wonderful recipe… great pics… do drop by 🙂

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      December 21st, 2012 at 17:26 | #15

      Beena, Thanks for reading & commenting. I hope your date truffles turned out. All the best, Holly

  10. Sumaiya
    July 20th, 2013 at 06:03 | #16

    Hi Holly……..its my 1st time here…….such a wonderful & healthy truffles……i’ll definitely try this out….one quick question…..can we add walnuts instead of pistachios??

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      July 20th, 2013 at 06:07 | #17

      Hi Sumaiya, Thanks for stopping by. Regarding using walnuts, yes, you can definitely substitute walnuts for pistachios. That is another way to make these date truffles. Enjoy & Happy Ramadan!

  11. Clodagh
    October 12th, 2013 at 18:11 | #18

    Oh my what a lovely site, this is my first time visiting while looking on Pinterest for some Eid inspirations. I live in Muscat, Oman and tomorrow I will make some of the truffles and take them with us to the village to celebrate Eid. thanks and Eid Mubarak.

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      October 14th, 2013 at 09:50 | #19

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for you lovely comment. I hope the recipe works out for you. Wishing you a happy Eid!

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