Recipe of the Month: Chocolate Walnut Truffles (gluten and dairy free)

The Q&A with our Paleo-eating marathoner got us thinking about recipes that fit (more or less) into a Paleo diet while also following nutritionist Beth Mansfield’s recommendation about eating dried fruits and/or high-glycemic fruits as a way to get some of that much-needed extra fuel for training.

Well, dates definitely meet the high-glycemic measurement (with 100 grams packing about 75 grams of carbs, 66 of which are sugar) and when you add cocoa and walnuts, the result is pure deliciousness. And simplicity. Always a good combo.

This recipe comes from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook (second edition) by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN.

What you need

  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 4-6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Shredded organic coconut



Place walnuts in a food processor fitted with an “s” blade and then process until very finely ground and pasty.

Add dates and cocoa powder and continue to process until well-combined. If you want a sweeter taste, add some more dates and process again.

Roll into small balls and place into a bowl of shredded coconut and coat evenly.

Place on a plate. Enjoy!

Recipe makes about 1 1/2 dozen truffles.