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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Vegan Chocolate Truffles with Quinoa and Peanut Butter

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These delicious Vegan Chocolate Truffles with quinoa and peanut butter are the perfect healthy treat. They also happen to be gluten free! These no bake truffles are perfect as a dessert or a snack.

vegan chocolate truffles in a white bowl with blue napkin

There is something about no-bake treats that I can’t get enough of. And I love the idea of energy balls, but I prefer to call them truffles, because doesn’t truffles sound so much better than “energy balls”? Energy balls sound like something you’d eat after a workout, something that’s super healthy, but maybe not so decadent.

Not the case with these little guys. They are rich, decadent and are a perfect, satisfying treat!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

ingredients for truffles - quinoa, peanut butter, dates, chia, etc

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Truffles – Step by Step

Step 1: Cook quinoa according to package directions. Cool slightly. Process peanuts and dates in food processor until coarsely ground.  

peanuts and dates in food processor

Step 2: Add 2 cups cooked quinoa, peanut butter, chia seeds and cocoa pulsing just until combined.  

mixture for truffles in food processor

Step 3: Shape into 24 balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar.

truffle rolled in cinnamon sugar

Step 4: Place into candy cups or baking cups, if desired. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

closeup of vegan chocolate truffles

What makes these Vegan Chocolate Truffles Healthy?

  • High in Protein: Quinoa, peanut butter, and chia seeds are packed with protein!
  • Low in Calorie: One of these chocolate truffles is only 90 calories. You can enjoy these treats guilt-free!
  • All Natural Ingredients: These truffles use all natural unprocessed ingredients so you can feel good about fueling your body with whole foods.
  • Nutrient Rich: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, iron, calcium and omega 3s.

Will kids enjoy these Vegan Chocolate Truffles?

Without a doubt! My kids are thrilled when they see me making these truffles for snacks and treats. They think they’re getting a decadent special treat while I feel good about giving them something that’s low in sugar and high in nutrients.

top view of vegan chocolate truffles with dates

Is chocolate vegan?

Cocoa powder, and cocoa butter are vegan. Chocolate is not vegan when it’s combined with milk. Most chocolate truffles that are sold for purchase are not vegan because they are made with dairy products. 

However, it is possible to find store bought vegan chocolate. When buying chocolate bars or truffles, look for the symbol that certifies them as vegan. It will look like a circle with a V in the center. 

Can you give these truffles as a gift?

These truffles make the perfect homemade gift for the holidays or as a hostess gift. Package them in individual candy cups and place in a small gift box. Keep refrigerated for best taste and texture.

vegan chocolate truffles in a white bowl with blue napkin

How do you store and keep Vegan Chocolate Truffles?

I keep these truffles refrigerated. Chilling the truffles helps them hold their shape. They are also made with cooked quinoa, which means they should be refrigerated to keep longer.

These truffles will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days but I doubt they will last that long!

Top Tips for making Peanut Chocolate Chia Quinoa Truffles

  • This recipe is easily doubled if you would like a bigger batch!
  • Store the bites in the refrigerator.
  • If you’d like to reduce the sugar coat in cocoa powder instead of cinnamon sugar.
  • Use a food processor to pulse and combine all the ingredients. A blender will not work for these. 
  • Make sure quinoa is cooled before adding to the food processor. 
  • If you don’t have peanuts, or are trying to keep these peanut-free, you can substitute walnuts, almonds, cashews, or even macadamia nuts for the peanuts in this recipe; and use the same amount of another nut butter instead of peanut butter as well.

Be sure to check out these other healthy chocolate snack recipes!

closeup of vegan chocolate truffles

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vegan chocolate truffles in a white bowl with blue napkin
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5 from 4 votes

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

These delicious Vegan Chocolate Truffles with quinoa and peanut butter are the perfect healthy treat. They also happen to be gluten free! These no bake truffles are perfect as a dessert or a snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Chill in the Fridge2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 truffles
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked truRoots® Organic Sprouted Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates about 13
  • 1/2 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. truRoots® Organic Chia Seeds
  • 2 tbsps. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tsp cinnamon sugar make cinnamon sugar by combining 4 tsp granulated sugar with 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Cool slightly. Process peanuts and dates in food processor until coarsely ground.
  • Add 2 cups cooked quinoa, peanut butter, chia seeds and cocoa pulsing just until combined.
  • Shape into 24 balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Place into candy cups or baking cups, if desired. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Notes

Top Tips for making Peanut Chocolate Chia Quinoa Truffles
  • This recipe is easily doubled if you would like a bigger batch!
  • Store the bites in the refrigerator.
  • If you’d like to reduce the sugar coat in cocoa powder instead of cinnamon sugar.
  • Use a food processor to pulse and combine all the ingredients. A blender will not work for these. 
  • Make sure quinoa is cooled before adding to the food processor. 
  • If you don’t have peanuts, or are trying to keep these peanut-free, you can substitute walnuts, almonds, cashews, or even macadamia nuts for the peanuts in this recipe; and use the same amount of another nut butter instead of peanut butter as well.
I recently partnered with truRoots because I absolutely love their mission: they create Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project® Verified and gluten-free sprouted grains and legumes – while maintaining relationships with farmers, providing transparency in their supply chain, and supporting sustainable farming practices. They sent me some of their products to try, and I’ve included them in this recipe! Recipe from truRoots.

Nutrition

Serving: 1truffle | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 5.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 45.5mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 4.4g

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18 responses to “Vegan Chocolate Truffles with Quinoa and Peanut Butter”

  1. What a sweet treat!! And it’s healthy too! I just love these types of recipes to feed my kids for snacks! Thanks for the excellent recipe!5 stars

  2. These truffles are so delicious! I love the texture and flavor of them. I made mine with creamy peanut butter and they were still so yummy!

  3. Just wondering – do you use a natural peanut butter for binding (or something a little bit thicker)? Can’t wait to try.

    • Oooh love the idea of chocolate chip cookies with cooked quinoa! That sounds delish! I’m sure you’ll like this recipe Dixya – let me know how it turns out! 🙂

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