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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 Recipe With Dates (Easy + Healthy!)

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These delicious Vegan Chocolate Truffles with dates, cocoa, and peanut butter are the perfect healthy treat. They also have no added sugar and happen to be gluten free! These no bake truffles are perfect as a dessert or a snack, and are super kid-friendly too!

vegan chocolate truffles in a white bowl with blue napkin

There is something about no bake desserts 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. These vegan chocolate truffles with dates are rich, decadent and the perfect, satisfying treat! They make a beautiful and delicious treat for a special occasion, for Valentine’s Day, during the holiday season, or really just anytime of the year!

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👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple Ingredients
  • Find all the ingredients at your local grocery stores
  • Easy Recipe
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Delicious fudgy bites!
  • Healthy Chocolate Truffles

🥘 Ingredients

Dates, crunchy peanut butter, quinoa, dry roasted peanuts in bowl. Cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, and chia seeds in three small bowls.
  • Medjool Dates: These add natural sweetness and help to hold the truffle mixture together. Be sure to soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes prior to processing them. If they seem a little too dry, add a tablespoon of maple syrup.
  • Sprouted Quinoa: Make sure to cook the quinoa before adding them to the truffles. The quinoa gives these a nice texture, as well as added protein!
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter: Any nut butter will do in this recipe, although I like the crunchy peanut butter. You could opt for cashew butter, or almond butter if your prefer.
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts: Finely chop the peanuts to add to the truffle mixture.
  • Chia Seeds: Add some Omega-3s, and protein.
  • Cocoa Powder: These wouldn’t be truffles without some chocolate! In this case the chocolate comes in the form of dark cocoa powder, a healthy antioxidant, and gives these a deep chocolate flavor.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: The final touch for this vegan chocolate truffles recipe, is to roll each ball in cinnamon sugar. See Variations for how to coat these in a layer of melted dark chocolate instead.

Scroll to the bottom of the post to the recipe card for complete measurements and instructions.

📖 Variations

  • Vegan Chocolate Truffles With Chocolate Coating: If you’d like to take these up a notch, you can dip them in melted chocolate after they have set. Use the double boiler method to melt your dark chocolate chips (make sure to use dairy free chocolate chips). When the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat. Drop a ball in the melted chocolate to coat, and set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to let the chocolate set. Sprinkle with sea salt or chopped peanuts for decoration.
  • Vegan Chocolate Truffles With Coconut: Instead of the cinnamon sugar coating, roll these energy balls in shredded raw unsweetened coconut for a rich coconut flavor!
  • Flavoring Variations: Try adding 1/4 tsp almond extract or vanilla extract, or a dash of orange zest for added sweetness and a twist on this recipe.

🍽 Equipment

✔️ How To Make Healthy Chocolate Truffles

Most truffle recipes are full of processed ingredients, dairy, milk fat, and high in calories. Not the case with these healthy vegan chocolate truffles! These truffles are healthy because they are:

  • High in Protein: Quinoa, peanut butter, and chia seeds are packed with protein!
  • Low in Calories: One of these chocolate truffles is only 90 calories. You can enjoy these sweet treats guilt-free!
  • Nutrient Rich: All natural ingredients + chia seeds are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, iron, calcium and omega 3s.

🔪 Instructions

Step 1: Cook quinoa according to package directions. Cool slightly and set aside. 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: Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out individual portions and shape into 24 balls – rolling between the palm of your hands. Roll in cinnamon sugar.

truffle rolled in cinnamon sugar

Step 4: Place on a piece of parchment paper, or into candy cups / baking cups, if desired. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

top view of vegan chocolate truffles with dates

❓Recipe FAQs

Will kids enjoy these vegan dark 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.

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.

How do you store easy vegan chocolate truffles?

Rather than keeping these at room temperature, I keep them refrigerated in an airtight container. 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! I don’t recommend freezing these energy bites – they don’t hold up well after they have been defrosted!

What are the best dates to use?

Pretty much any dates will work in this recipe, but if you have your pick, I’d recommend Medjool dates as they have the sweetest and richest flavor vs. other dates.

💭 Expert Tips

  • 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.
vegan chocolate truffles in a white bowl with blue napkin

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📋 Recipe Card

vegan chocolate truffles in a white bowl with blue napkin
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5 from 9 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
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 24 truffles
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For Truffles

  • ½ cup uncooked Sprouted Quinoa
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup pitted dates about 13
  • ½ cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • ½ tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

For Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

  • Make cinnamon sugar by combining 4 tsp granulated sugar with 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  • 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.

Video

https://youtu.be/u9AE4JFn2h8

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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