Chocolate Torte with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce

9 Reviews / 4.8 Average
I am excited to share a wonderful—and healthier—alternative to the traditional flourless chocolate cake dessert. This dish can be served as small round tortes topped with whipped cream (or homemade ice cream) and chocolate sauce, or you can simply turn the recipe into little individual chocolate truffles. This recipe makes about 4 tortes or 12-14 truffles.
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Chocolate Truffles Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

I have a big sweet tooth so there’s rarely a day my fridge doesn’t have some of these in it! They are the perfect way for me to get my chocolate fix when I need one. Plus the chocolate sauce is not only good with this dish, but I’ve also drizzled it on homemade vanilla ice cream and used it to make hot chocolate for my girls as well. When you are doing the “100 Days of Real Food” pledge you must make do!

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92 thoughts on “Chocolate Torte with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    Has anyone tried these without the honey? I made them and really liked them, but they are sweeter than I prefer. I didn’t know if they would still stick together ok without the honey.

    1. We haven’t as the honey is what gives it a sweet taste. Let us know if you gave it a try. – Nicole

  2. 5 stars
    These are so yummy and just enough chocolate to satisfy a choco holic! Curious for the truffles what would be a serving size recommendation?

    Thank you.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Lydia. These are really rich. You’ll likely be satisfied with one. :) One to two would be reasonable.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these today with raisins instead of dates (because I couldn’t find dates without added sugar at my grocery store – ughh!) and they turned out great and tasted wonderful!!

  4. 5 stars
    We are on day 7 of our challenge! After an insane night with two 10 month old twins with ear infections I decided to make myself a treat. I used the whipped cream recipe from your book (1 cup cream, 2 tbs syrup, 1 tsp vanilla), added some strawberries and bananas, and was amazed that homemade whipped cream without sugar could taste so good. Next time I will start without syrup and see how that goes. Thankful for easy to make sweet indulgence.

  5. Just wanted to drop a note to say:
    Amy, thanks for replying, above and
    I made these and OH. MY. GOD
    I too need a real food processor

  6. I just made these. I learned I need a true food processor!! lol. I tried 3 different smaller things that I have, and they are not doing the trick! but, I will have to say, im happy I found this recipe, b/c they taste like the flavor larabars I love, chocolate chip cookie dough!! thank you!!

  7. I made these as truffles yesterday for a party… They were AMAZING! better than I ever expected them to even be (since I’m not a huge Lara Bar fan). I used almonds instead of pecans, mostly because they were half the price, and added a dash of rosewater which made them a little Moroccan in flavor and a dash of vanilla to give them more depth. I used my little cookie dough scoop to form the truffles and then rolled half in shredded coconut and half in more cocoa powder. I ended up eating a couple leftovers for breakfast this morning too :-)

    I will definitely be making these on the regular for energy snacks and sweet treat to have around! Would be fun to play with variations too… Maybe add some orange zest, some dried cherries along with the dates, maybe even a spot of kaluah or spiced rum for some extra festivity ;-) thank you thank you for this amazing way to help ease me into some real food snacks and sweets beyond just a piece of fruit… It was a revelation!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Gab. We’ve not used fresh dates. Their moisture content might throw off the consistency. ~Amy

  8. 4 stars
    this is such a smart idea for something to eat as an extra meal in an smart and easy example

  9. Hi there! I haven’t tried this exact recipe, but I’ve been using your chocolate sauce for a few weeks now. I’m so happy with it! I have one question about it though. Can you think of a way to thicken it up so as to use as fudge? I swirled it in my black bean brownies just now and they’re in the oven as I type. I’m hoping it will work out! Thanks again!

      1. Thanks, the brownies were great, the syrup made them more moist, but still not fudgy. I’m wondering about using thickeners like gelatin or agar powder. And I tried that 5 min brownie recipe. I was very sad by my result. I’m gonna have to get some eggs and make another attempt and just fed them tho my non vegan friends and family. 😉

  10. Hi- looking forward to trying this recipe, but my daughter is allergic to nuts. Could I try subbing in soy nuts, or do you have any other suggestions? Thanks!

  11. Soooo delicious and super easy! Now I’m confident I can make the larabars too. Thanks so much for all the hard work, details, research and pictures that you guys put into this site and the food. Been trying several recipes and think I may be addicted to the site. Thanks again for all the great ideas.

  12. Do you think I could add cocoa powder to the whipped cream to make it more visually appealing for the whole wheat cookie cake?

  13. This might be a weird question, but I was wondering if there is a way of making whipped cream without milk (for those of us who can’t have lactose)? Thank you!

  14. Can one use peanuts instead of pecans and is there a good substitute for dates, as well? I am allergic to pecans and just plain don’t like dates, but love the idea of this so much!

    1. Noelle, you can try any to use any nut (or peanut) you enjoy eating and just experiment with the recipe to find what works for you. Myself, I rarely have pecans around so I’d use raw cashews. Also, you can use raisins -golden or regular- as a sub for the dates.

  15. These sound delicious cant wait to try- but I would like to encourage everyone to NOT buy Hershey’s cocoa- they were one of the first, and one of the worst offenders, to begin using chemical additives in their chocolate to make up for not using the more expensive real cocoa butter, and while they are supposedly phasing out the child labor factories, they are guilty of using child labor- there are just better chocolate companies to support!

  16. I am wondering…I usually buy Hershey’s brand cocoa…either the sweetened or unsweetened kind. On the ingredients list it just says cocoa. Am I buying the right kind?? I noticed cacao is what is called for in this recipe but I’ve seen other recipes on this site that calls for cocoa and have also seen where lisa uses the special dark kind of cocoa in some other recipes. I guess my question is what is the difference between the cocoa that I’ve been buying and the cacao that’s called for in this recipe? I have looked online and the cacao is pretty pricey so just wanting to see what the big difference is so I know if I should or shouldn’t start buying it. I’m slowly trading out my unhealthy foods for healthier foods in my pantry and this is one I am wondering about. Thank u soooo much!! I LOVE this site and am on it every single day!! We have tried several recipes..including the collard greens we made tonight which was a big hit!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. As long as it is an unsweetened cocoa powder you are using the right thing. It is up to you whether you choose a dark variety or not. :) ~Amy

  17. 5 stars
    I made whipped cream today for the first time – seriously, SO easy! A great way to use some leftover cream from making alfredo sauce earlier in the week.

  18. I’m just wondering if these can be frozen, just like cookies? Also, for how long they can sit in the fridge before they turn bad? Thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    Holy Cow. I won’t lie, I didn’t think these were going to be that good. I have an embarrassingly untamed sweet tooth and sweets have been my “final frontier” of organic, real food eating. This recipe turned me into a 5 year old. After I made the truffles I was licking my fingers and scraping the bowl! They are amazing!! And so easy to assemble!I didn’t have pecans so I substituted 1/2 c peanuts and 1/2 c cashews, and I can’t have dairy so I used coconut oil instead of butter. I’m so excited to have a healthier option for my sweet treats!

  20. Hey! Have you ever made chocolate using coconut oil and cacao or cocoa powder? I didn’t see a recipe, so I thought I’d ask. I want to start using more coconut oil and thought this would be a sweet addition!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Jen. No we’ve not tried that. Let us know if you do! ~Amy

  21. OK this is going to put me over the edge! Looks delish! Will definitely be doing this one. So glad I found this blog!

  22. Hi! Thanks foe the great recipes. Could you use coconut oil or coconut spread to replace the butter in the tortes? Anything non-dairy?

  23. As I was going through the recipe index I noticed the chocolate sauce recipe. I wondered what was actually in the Hershey’s syrup that I have been buying for years and to my surprise (or not rather) I found high fructose corn syrup. Long story short I just made the chocolate sauce and I was absolutely amazed!!!!! I can’t tell the difference, and better yet my son can’t either… Thanks!!!!

  24. SOOOOO excited to try this! I just started cutting out processed sugars (and have been avoiding soy for a while) and I’ve been DYING for chocolate. Thanks!

  25. I made just the chocolate sauce and coated almonds with it and roasted them. (Was craving chocolate almonds.) My girls, and even the neighborhood kid (who had never had an almond?!?) loved them!

  26. 4 stars
    Substituted raisins for dates (because that’s what I had) and walnuts for pecans (because that’s what I had). Yummy! Hoping these satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth!

  27. I have the fancy medjool dates from Trader Joes. Are these the same as dried dates? They don’t say dried, so I wasn’t sure. Thanks for your help!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Kristy. Yes, I use those dates from Trader Joe’s and they work just fine. Jill

  28. I don’t know if they would taste any different from the recipe above but I used medjool dates. Pitted them and used those. DEEEEFREAKINLICIOUS,,

  29. I used honey instead of the maple syrup and added a little vanilla. It was really good, even the daycare kids loved it to dip their graham crackers in!

  30. these were fantastic and my daughter (6) loved decorating them the coconut (and seas salt, and cocoa powder) we used hazelnuts as that is all we had

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Melissa. I’m guessing I didn’t make it to you soon enough :-(. So, did it work? I’m not sure raisins would substitute well but maybe you found out differently. Jill

  31. Are those regular cupcake liners in the picture or some smaller version? If smaller version, where did you find them? Thinking of doing these for a Christmas party. Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Margaret. I use the smaller ones. You can pretty much find them anywhere – I usually get mine at The Container Store…they have a lot of really cute ones. But, you can get them at Michaels or Target as well. Jill

      1. Just keep in mind that those little papers are colored, and could bleed some into your food. My kids are sensitive to artificial colors (ADHD) so we stick with white if we need such. I made the zucchini bread recipe last night and just used a coconut oil spray on my muffin tins.

  32. Have you attempted using the chololate sauce for chocolate milk? I’d like to find an alternative to ovaltine.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Amy. I have not, but, it would probably work. You could probably also make a syrup like I do for hot chocolate with just cocoa and maple syrup. Jill

  33. I made the chocolate sauce this morning, but didn’t have the website up and forgot the ratio, so I ended up making a 1:1 ratio instead of 1:2. It’s definitely dark, but it flavored my coffee very well. I’ll make sure to use the 1:2 later (when I run out of what I made this morning) and let you know which one I like better. (^_^)

  34. Just made these. I’m obsessed with the Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte Lara bars, so I added a few chopped dark chocolate bits, and raw cashews (since it’s what I had on hand.) Mine were SUPER sticky…almost hard to handle/form. They’re in the fridge now..I’m they will form better. Anyone else have this issue?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Andrea. They do get sticky, especially running around in the processor. I roll mine out between 2 pieces of wax paper and then put them in the fridge and let them sit for a while before cutting them. That makes it much easier. Hope that helps. Jill

  35. I tried to purchase heavy whipping cream and every one of the three brands had carageen (sp?)in it. Where can I get heavy cream without this in it? Any thoughts?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Courtney. I usually get the organic valley, but, I have to be honest, I’ve not noticed if it contains it or not :-(. If it does though, do you have a local dairy that you might be able to get it from? Jill

  36. I made these with regular cocoa powder (all I had) and with almonds since I’m allergic to pecans. They are AMAZING–I can’t stop eating them!!!

  37. I just made the chocolate sauce using only 100 percent pure dark cacao and 100 percent pure maple syrup. I put some in my son’s milk, and he LOVES it! He only gets chocolate milk on the weekend, but I let him test it out today and he can’t wait to have it again. It is delicious! I took a look at the ingredient list on the chocolate syrup that was in the pantry and immediately threw it away! Hooray for small victories!

  38. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am a chocoholic and I’m supposed to be avoiding refind sugar and yeast. This recipe makes little bites of heaven (that are very filling, I might add). While I love pecans, my daughter is allergic. She is not allergic to peanuts, so I made them with peanuts. They turned out very well. I’m sure other nuts or even seeds would work well.

  39. I don’t have a food processor. What else could I use? Thanks! I am so happy I found your site!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Maybe a knife and lots of fine chopping?? :) Sorry I haven’t tried it without a food processor!

  40. pernille Datz

    How do you store the chocolate syrup/sauce after you make it?
    Just made it for my kids and they love their chocolate milk even more now.

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Oh good! Glad they like it. I store it in the fridge since that is what it says to do on the maple syrup bottle.

  41. This recipes is amazing!!!!!! I just Gave it to my girls and they LOVED it! Thanks for bringing awareness to my family!

  42. I am allergic to cocnut- any other suggestions as a substitute? Your picture looks so pretty with the three versions. :)

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Hmmm…how about crushed whole-grain crackers to add some saltiness? Or crushed nuts?

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I have not tried another nut, but go for it (maybe even do a mix of the other two). I bet it would be good!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I don’t think it would be the same w/o nuts…but if you have allergies you could try sunflower seeds instead.

  43. Thanks for posting! Here is another great “whipped cream” recipe to top the chocolate torte or to use as fruit dip:

    – 1 can FULL FAT coconut milk (usually in the Asian food section at the store), chilled in fridge overnight
    – stevia or xylitol (grounded to a powder in a coffee grinder or food processor)

    Once the can is chilled, the coconut solid separates from the liquid. drain the liquid and put the solid in a bowl. Add stevia or xylitol to your sweetness preference and stir until smooth.
    *optional – add vanilla or chocolate protein powder

  44. Oh my these are amazing! I was lucky enough to try at a friends house today! She told me about your site and I simply love everything! Have made banana bread and breakfast cookies…wonderful! Cannot wait to get some dates!

  45. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!! This was sooooo good! Man, I am really loving the fact that I can eat butter and lard on the 10 day real food journey!!!

  46. i made these tonight, and my 1 year old was in heaven!!! We’ve been eating Lara bars for weeks, and now we can make our own!

  47. I just used the choc sauce to make choc milk and the kids loved it! Delish! Every monday is choc milk night. I have been using the organic ah!laska syrup. It is made of evap cane juice, cocoa pwdr, xanthem gum to thicken vanilla and citric acid. What do you think of the cane juice? Also what abt agave syrup as a substitute?

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