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Marzipan Truffles

Marzipan Truffles

Serves: 5

Category: Desserts
Author: Mirjam Jensen
Tags: Athletic/Higher caloric

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Delicious and easy to make, these pretty treats are great for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. All you need is five ingredients and some festive spirit!

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For Marzipan Balls:
1 cup whole blanched almonds (or 1 1/4 cups ground blanched almonds)
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon natural non-alkalized cocoa powder (to taste)
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
For Coating:
1 tablespoon natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder
1 - 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut


Combine marzipan ball ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well mixed. Form into balls. (yields about 15)

For the coating, combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 - 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut on a plate. Roll each ball in cocoa/coconut mixture (or just coconut or cocoa if preferred).

Store refrigerated.

Calories 289; Protein 7 g; Carbohydrates 29 g; Total Fat 18.1 g; Saturated Fat 3.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 8 mg; Fiber 6.3 g; Beta-Carotene 3 ug; Vitamin C 0 mg; Calcium 83 mg; Iron 1.6 mg; Folate 21 ug; Magnesium 101 mg; Zinc 1.1 mg; Selenium 2.7 ug

Comments (12):



12/31/2012 02:38 PM

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These are ABSOLUTELY delicious!!!!! I highly recommend these.

Elaine Garces

09/30/2013 07:26 PM

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They are absolutely delicious ... I couldn't agree more! Amazing!


12/15/2015 12:51 AM

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Is there a substitute for the almonds? I need something low in argintine and high in L-Lysine.


12/15/2015 07:28 PM

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Absolutely delicious. The almond extract puts them over the top.


12/15/2015 10:21 PM

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@Ruth it looks like macadamias might be your best bet but they're still not amazing. See this link on arginine/lysine ratios. You could try a bean or lentil but then you're fundamentally changing the nature of this dessert.


12/21/2015 05:19 PM

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These are quite tasty. I've made them twice, starting with raw organic almonds. It takes me a little over an hour from start to finish. Maybe I'll get faster with practice. I used the method of covering the almonds with boiling water and soaking for a few minutes. However, I'm wondering if the skin really needs to be removed for this recipe. I would appreciate comments about this. I made the first batch using my Vita-Mix as directed, putting everything in at once, and couldn't get it to blend very well. Still tasted good, though! The second time, I used my food processor, which worked much better for me. I first processed the almonds, cocoa, and coconut until the nuts were evenly ground, and then added chopped dates one at a time, processing for about 10 seconds for each one. Then finally sprinkled in the almond extract and processed a bit more to distribute that. For measuring the balls, I used my "double-teaspoon" measure (2 tsp.), and that made 28 balls. I like that size. I sent a batch to my mom, who loves marzipan, and I'll be taking these to the solstice celebration at my sangha tonight.


01/11/2016 07:47 AM

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Linda, I just use packaged almond meal...Trader Joe's has it. It's so much easier and faster.


01/18/2016 08:47 PM

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This is delicious! I have made this twice. First time I put everything in the wet jug of my Vitamix and it nearly destroyed my machine. Second time I used my food processor and it was much better. I have left out the almond extract and used vanilla instead.


12/05/2016 03:45 PM

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I'm allergic to coconut. Suggested substitute?


12/05/2016 07:17 PM

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Hi Trish, yes you can substitute nuts for the coconut.  Probably the closest substitute would be macadamian nuts, followed by Brazil nuts. But my favorite substitute are walnuts.  Mmmmm. . .  Hope this helps.


12/11/2016 03:10 PM

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I made these today and they are wonderful!!

Will definitely be making again.


12/13/2016 10:45 PM

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The Vitamix would not blend these ingredients; it became a gooey heterogeneous clump; so I added about 3 tablespoons of water, one at a time, to decrease  viscosity sufficiently for the Vitamix to blend it. Next time I'll use a food processor and add the dates last. In spite of initial difficulties they turned out to be an incredible treat!

FOLLOW UP Feb 2019:

these treats are now a long term favorite.  Use a FOOD PROCESSOR, not the Vitamix!  I use blanched slivered almonds instead of whole almonds- makes it easier to blend, and leaves chunks of almonds in the treat.  I love the coconut coatings, but no longer make the cocoa powder coated treats- the coconut are best!


This comment was last edited on 02/23/2019 10:31 AM