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Pistachio “Ferrero Rocher” – Vegan Chocolate Truffles

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These vegan “Ferrero Rocher” chocolate truffles make an easy but impressive Valentine’s day gift.

The best part?

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make them!

They can be made the same day with just a few hours needed to cool them.

Vegan chocolate ferrero rocher truffles on some paper..

Why You Need to Try These

Probably the best thing about these is that they can be made pretty quickly, they’re vegan and you don’t even have to temper chocolate.

They’re just 3 ingredients – pistachio paste, cocoa powder and puréed dates. The result is an intense pistachio flavour, a soft chocolate interior and a smooth texture from the dates.

And I know calling these vegan chocolates “Ferrero Rocher” is a bit of a stretch because they don’t have a chocolate shell.

But you could always dip them in melted chocolate first, to create that classic chocolate shell.

Vegan chocolate truffles lying on a table with hearts around.

Can I Make These in Advance?

Yes! Store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.

Can I Use Different Garnishes?

You can certainly experiment with different flavours to garnish the truffles.

You could replace the pistachio with almost any other nut. Try these other nuts to make these chocolates your own:

  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts

You can also try rolling them in chocolate shavings, or cocoa powder or dip them in melted chocolate for something more similar to Ferrero rocher chocolate.

If you do decide to dip them in chocolate you will most likely want to temper the chocolate to achieve a nice coating.

Vegan chocolate truffles with pistachio and cocoa powder on a marble slab.

Can I Omit the Sugar?

Yes of course.

I think 1 tbsp of brown sugar added to these truffles is the perfect amount of sweetness but you may not agree.

Swap out the brown sugar for maple syrup, honey or agave or leave it out entirely as the dates are also pretty sweet.

What Tools Do I Need?

This recipe works really well in a food processor but it can also be made in a blender.

If using a blender be careful not to overwork the blender as the chocolate ganache can get quite thick. Blend the mixture briefly and on low speed so it doesn’t overheat the blender.

Vegan chocolate ferrero rocher truffles on some paper..
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Pistachio “Ferrero Rocher” – Vegan Chocolate Truffles

These vegan "ferrero rocher" chocolate truffles use pistachios instead of hazelnuts for an easy but delicious Valentine's day dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 30 chocolates
Cost 10€/$13


  • 100 g dates, pitted
  • 150 g pistachios, shelled 100g for the paste, 50g for garnish
  • 4 tbsp neutral oil peanut oil or sunflower oil
  • 10 g cocoa powder (about 2 tbsp) plus some for garnish
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar optional


  • Toast the pistachios in the oven for 4 minutes @ 190°C/375°F. Measure out 100g for the paste and 50g for the garnish later.
    Pistachios on a baking tray.
  • Boil the dates in water for about 5 minutes. Drain and discard the water.
  • Blend the 50g of pistachios in a food processor or high powered blender into small pieces and set aside for later.
    Blend the rest of the pistachios (100g) with the 4 tbsp of oil for about 5 minutes or until a smooth paste is formed.
    If using a blender, blend on low speed and use a spatula to scrape the sides down frequently.
    Blending the pistachios into a butter.
  • Add the cocoa powder and brown sugar. Blend until mixed.
    Adding cocoa powder to the blender.
  • Add the boiled dates and blend on low until it comes together. Be careful not to overwork the blender as the mixture is very thick. Transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
    The vegan truffle mix in a plastic container with a spatula on top.
  • Roll the chocolates into little balls by rubbing them between the palms of your hands.
    The truffles rolled into perfect little balls.
  • Roll the chocolates in the ground pistachios or cocoa powder. Store the chocolates in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.
    Rolling the truffles in ground pistachios.
  • Enjoy!
    A mix of pistachio and cocoa powder dusted vegan chocolate truffles.
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