Prune, Almond and Chocolate Truffles in a bowl shown with bowls of prunes and slivered almonds

Prune Almond Chocolate Truffles (Naturally Vegan + Gluten-Free)

These California Prune & Almond Chocolate Truffles might taste like candy, but they’re actually a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth! They’re naturally vegan and gluten-free, making them a healthy option when you want to whip up something festive. You’ll love this sweet treat from This Mess is Ours!

close up of two Prune, Almond and Chocolate Truffles

What are truffles?

Don’t worry, we’re not serving up chocolate covered mushrooms – although this decadent dessert did derive its name from its resemblance to the fabulous fungi.

Truffles are a round candy that is either dusted with cocoa powder, powdered sugar or ground nuts. They’re often made of chocolate ganache but our dairy-free version uses prune purée instead of cream to create a dense, rich flavor that’s sure to delight chocolate lovers.

Healthy “candy”? Yep. It’s a thing.

You’d never believe that these rich, chocolate truffles are made entirely with real food, good-for-you ingredients! Don’t believe us? Here are the ingredients you need to make our Prune Almond Chocolate Truffles:




Vanilla paste

Almond extract


Even better – this dreamy dessert is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free AND vegan. What’s not to love!

bowl full of Prune, Almond and Chocolate Truffles
Prune, Almond and Chocolate Truffles in a bowl shown with bowls of prunes and slivered almonds

How to make healthy Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles are so easy to make! Simply soak the prunes for a half hour to soften them up.

While the prunes are soaking, add 1/2 cup of almonds and a pinch of salt to your food processor and pulse until fine crumbs are formed. Set aside.

Once your prunes have softened, add the prunes and cocoa to the food processor. Pulse to combine for 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and repeat. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Use a small cookie scoop to form the mixture into balls, and then roll in the almond crumbs!

So easy and so delicious!

Prunes + Chocolate = A Match Made in Heaven

Attention all chocolate lovers: get ready for your new favorite combo! Prunes and chocolate are truly a match made in heaven. The rich caramel flavor and vanilla undertones of California Prunes intensify the flavor of the chocolate without making it overly sweet. That’s why California Prunes are the perfect base for these Prune Almond Chocolate Truffles!

bowl of prunes. Prune puree is the base for this chocolate truffle recipe
bowl full of Prune, Almond and Chocolate Truffles

California Prune & Almond Truffles (Naturally Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Meg van der Kruik
Created by Meg of This Mess is Ours, these California Prune & Almond Truffles are naturally vegan and gluten-free, making them a healthy option when you want to whip up something festive!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 24 servings
Calories 59 kcal


  • 1 cup California Prunes
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted slivered almonds divided
  • 1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 TBSP vanilla paste or extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract


  • Pour boiling water over the prunes and soak for 30 minutes, drain.
  • In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, pulse 1/2 cup (about 50g) of the toasted almonds with a generous pinch of salt until fine crumbs are formed. Transfer the crumbs to a shallow bowl and set aside.
  • Add the remaining almonds to the food processor with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and the cocoa powder. Pulse for 30 seconds to combine. Add the prunes, vanilla bean paste, and almond extract to the almond mixture and process until combined, the mixture should be creamy with a slight fleck of texture from the almond crumbs. Transfer the prune mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Once chilled, use a small cookie scoop to portion out individual truffles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently roll each truffle in the reserved toasted almond crumbs. Store on a parchment-lined plate in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Best eaten completely chilled.


For another treat to satisfy your chocolate craving, try our Chocolate Crepe Cake!


Calories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 57IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword candy, chocolate, energy balls, Meg van der Kruik, truffles
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