Fudge Babies

"These little fudge babies are addictive. They're raw. They're from the blog of Chocolate-Covered Katie. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/10/13/make-these-now/"
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photo by Boomette photo by Boomette
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15 babies


  • 1 cup walnuts (120 grams, I used pecans)
  • 1 13 cups pitted dates (230 grams, If you want a sweeter result, up the proportion of dates)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 -4 tablespoons cocoa powder, depending on how chocolatey you want the balls to be (Katie used 4T extra dark)


  • Chop/blend all the ingredients, using a food processor, Magic Bullet, etc.
  • Roll into cutey-pie little balls. (Use plastic wrap if you need to.).
  • I rolled these into balls, but if you want true brownies, simply shape the dough into bars instead.
  • **Update*** Version 2:.
  • Hot Cocoa Fudge Babies!
  • 30 grams cashews, 80 grams dates, 5 grams (1T) dark cocoa powder. Blend. Even fudgier than the original! :).
  • (Add mint and cacao nibs and you’re getting into Wild Bar territory. And if you leave out the cocoa, you have a homemade Cashew Cookie Larabar!).
  • * Add shaved coconut, mini chips, nuts, or raisins to the mix.
  • * Moisten truffles, then roll in cocoa powder, sugar, coconut, crushed nuts, etc.
  • * Add oils or extracts, such as mint or coconut.
  • * Sprinkle in some ground coffee for a java jolt.
  • * Extreme Chocoholic Version: Melt some chocolate and add it to the mix when you add the vanilla and cocoa.

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  1. zainab23
    These are great. Very healthy and delicious. I made them with half a cup of walnuts and half a cup of almond meal, 2 cups of dates and 2 table spoons of cocoa powder.
  2. Sydney Mike
    Absolutely wonderful, at least the 1st version is ~ I figured I couldn't go wrong with a combo like nuts & dates & chocolate! They definitely make for a great chocolate fix, & these "babies" will be made more than once again in my kitchen before the end of the year, & I look forward to adding some of them to my holiday gift bags! Thanks for posting the recipe! [Made & reviewed in Zaar Stars tag]
  3. Geniale Genie
    Delicious! I added some cardamom and frozen orange juice concentrate (for flavouring) and used Brazil nuts instead of walnuts; I also didn't bother measuring the ingredient, just eyeballed it, and they turned out great - though a little too sweet to my liking. Thanks for the recipe!!!
  4. swissms
    Very fudgy! I made using medjool dates so my mixture was a little drier than if I had used packaged dates with sugar added. But easily fixed by adding 2 teaspoons water. I used pecans and 4 T cocoa powder. The mixture smelled like brownies....yum! A nice healthy alternative. I made about 2 dozen balls (approx. 3/4-inch diameter). Made for Every Day is a Holiday tag.
  5. So Cal Gal
    Extremely delicious and totally addictive--my DH and I fell madly in love with these little "babies"!! I made a quarter of the original servings, and got 4 truffle-size Fudge Babies; 2 for each of us. Plus, I used pecans, carob powder (1 Tbsp), and a tiny drizzle of raw honey (the dates I used were a bit dry)--and all of that worked great. These would be perfect for the holidays...but who can wait until then?! :) Thanks so much for posting, Boomette!!


  1. Geniale Genie
    Delicious! I added some cardamom and frozen orange juice concentrate (for flavouring) and used Brazil nuts instead of walnuts; I also didn't bother measuring the ingredient, just eyeballed it, and they turned out great - though a little too sweet to my liking. Thanks for the recipe!!!
  2. pumpkinpie
    I love that they are made from healthy ingredients but also taste awesome. My 14 year old son loved them, too. He couldn't believe there was no sugar added. I accidently used almond extract instead of vanilla. But I would like to try vanilla or other extracts, too. I plan to make alot of these for Christmas.


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