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Sesame Cocoa Truffles

Hey you guys!!

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and it seems to be back to school time for many of our littles (Grayson’s first day was today!) so I hope that went smoothly for everyone. I will admit that I teared up after dropping him off for the first time today. My baby is growing up! He went to preschool before but this is a new school with a totally different program. I know everyone says it (and it definitely doesn’t always feel true) but the years really do go by so fast. I feel like it was just YESTERDAY we brought him home from the hospital. I remember what I was wearing and what we ate for dinner that night so vividly. Where are the years going?!

Anyway. I am excited to bring you this new recipe today! It’s, errrrr, a Whole30 “treat”. I say that hesitantly because I am well aware treats are not allowed on Whole30. So let’s call this a snack, okay? A really tasty snack that will satisfy all your deep, dark chocolate cravings. 😉

When I started Whole30 last month, one of my more sensible friends told me why not blend together tahini and cocoa powder together with a pinch of sea salt and some dates and call it a day? It seemed like the right thing to do so I did it. And then I did it again and again and again.

I really went to town on these date balls, y’all.

The tahini adds a savory note to the “treat” that just worked so unbelievably well. These are intensely chocolately and aren’t for the faint of heart. I still keep a batch in my freezer now because they work wonders for that 4pm chocolate attack. 

I rolled half of mine, truffle style, in more cocoa powder and rolled the rest in sesame seeds. Grayson LOVES these and calls them his chocolate truffles. Let me know what you guys think! They definitely did the trick over here.

Sesame Cocoa Truffles
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 balls
  • 1/3 cup tahini sesame seed paste (nothing else added)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 whole medjool dates pitted
  • sesame seeds for rolling
  • additional cocoa powder for rolling
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. 

  2. With wet hands, roll small balls out. Roll the balls in either more cocoa or sesame seeds. Let chill in the fridge for a few hours for best results.

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  • jy
    September 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm


  • Lisa Valinsky
    September 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Yum! This is just the kind of thing I bought for my new food processor. 🙂

  • Lori
    September 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    These look insane!
    The best treat I made while we were eliminating gluten and egg from my son’s diet were chocolate chip cookies made with tahini, coconut flour and coconut sugar (and a couple other things). So good!

  • Sarah
    February 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    When my husband tasted these he said, “Why would anyone eat chocolate when they could eat this?”. I agree! Just a warning to people, these taste like brownie batter, so you might need to exercise some self control.

  • Rajan
    October 28, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I like this recipe because I have always wanted to make truffles and it also the name sounded strange in a good way, because I like eating exotic things and have sesame seeds with chocolate doesn’t seem to go along. You said it added a savory touch, I would be willing to make this and eat it.