Rum Cardamom Fig Chocolate Truffles made with 6 basic ingredients are a refined sugar-free, delicious treat! Made in a food processor, this vegan truffle recipe is so easy to prepare.
When I was a kid, I didn’t know there was a difference between chocolate truffles and fungi truffles.
This made for very confusing times.
It didn’t make sense to me that in the days of yore, folks would take pigs into the forest and hunt for man-made chocolate truffles…Like why would the truffs be chilling next to moss if they were so dang valuable?
Why not just keep those things indoors?
It goes without saying that down the line, the record was set straight.
While my experience with fungi truffles is limited to a batch of otherworldly truffle oil fries I ravaged on a work trip in Healdsburg, CA with my boss when I was 21, chocolate truffles and I have shared a substantial amount of FaceTime.
Which is where we are today. FaceTime-ing fig chocolate truffles.
These fig chocolate truffles are so many things.
Let’s talk about them in the form of buzz words!
Vegan, naturally sweetened (refined sugar-free), healthy, easy to make right in the comfort of your own food processor, great for holiday gifting, almost paleo, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, spiced up with rum and cardamom.
All the things.
Bonus points: They taste like a Boozy Fig Newton. So there’s that.
Fancy a Truffles 101 lesson? Did you know there are differences between French, California, American, Harvey (Canadian), Beligian, and Swiss truffles?
Peeps take their chocolate seriously, and I can’t say I blame ’em.
You just can’t argue with deliciousness. Truffles typically include a soft center made out of chocolate ganache and are topped with chopped nuts, cacao powder, or a chocolate coating.
Each variety has its own take on the types of ingredients used. For instance, the classic French truffle is made with fresh cream and chocolate and rolled in cocoa or nut powder, while the American truffle is a half-egg shaped chocolate-coated truffle with a mixture of dark or milk chocolates, butterfat and sometimes hardened coconut oil.
Belgian truffles are made with dark or milk chocolate filled with ganache, buttercream or nut pastes, and vegan truffles eliminate the dairy by using nut milks and nut butters, or – like in this recipe – dried fruit.
Ingredients for Fig Truffles:
For this go at healthy truffles, I used dried figs, rum, ground cardamom, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and a touch of pure maple syrup. The dried figs gives them fruity, nutty flavor with the poppy fig texture.
That’s it! Only 6 basic ingredients are needed to make these fig chocolate truffles!
If you aren’t into figs, you can replace them with medjool dates for a smoother consistency, or you can follow my Easy Vegan Truffles recipe, which is made with dates.
Also try my Almond Joy Truffles!
Rum Cardamom Fig Chocolate Truffles (Vegan)
An incredibly unique and easy truffle recipe made with dried figs for a naturally sweetened treat!
- 7 ounces dried mission figs, stems removed
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon rum
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- Remove and discard the stems from the figs (if applicable) and place the figs in a large bowl. Cover the figs with boiling water and allow them to soak for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain, pat dry, and place in a small food processor.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse until ingredients are well-combined and a thick dough forms.
- Form truffles by rolling the mixture in the palms of your hands.
- If desired, you can roll the truffles in more cacao powder or shredded coconut.
You can replace the dried fig with 7 ounces of pitted medjool dates. If you go this route, you won't need to soak the dates.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1 Truffle
Amount Per Serving Calories 64Unsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 13gFiber 2gSugar 10gProtein 1g
Tuesday 12th of December 2017
I love the flavor choice here. Cardamom isn't used enough in cooking and it's rare to see figs, even in this season. It sounds like these would taste amazing, especially for people who like something a little different.
Hannah Siegmund @ThisVeganWhimsy
Tuesday 9th of December 2014
Full disclosure: until I went to college I had no idea there was such a thing as a non-sweet truffle. Truffles involved chocolate, were eaten around Christmas, and that was that! I'm really glad I've learned since then lol
This recipe looks really great :)
Sunday 7th of December 2014
I was very confused about truffles for a long time also. But I am so glad that the chocolate kind exist in this world. And the fig-infused chocolate kind...because I'm pretty sure I can legit eat those for breakfast.
Tuesday 9th of December 2014
Glad I'm not the only one who took a hot minute to distinguish between fungi and chocolate. The way I feel about these truffles is they should be kept under all pillows so that we can all eat them first thing in the morning. A truffle a day, Joanne...a truffle a day.
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
Friday 5th of December 2014
Any kind of treat with booze all up in it is always welcomed in my house! If I had a batch of this while watching football on Sunday, I think I'll gobble it all up!
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating
Thursday 4th of December 2014
These look amazing! I love that they are refined sugar free. I think I would like these more than regular truffles!