Healthy Chocolate Truffles

by Natalie on May 26, 2012

Finally a new recipe!! I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted one. This one was just too good NOT to post.

I don’t usually write the words healthy and chocolate next to each other, but this recipe actually qualifies. I mean, not in the eat all you want sort of way – we’re not talking lettuce here folks!! These little puppies are made with nutrient dense foods that tend to carry some calories.

The best part about these truffles is that they are made with whole foods and no refined sugars.

My husband and I cannot get enough of these. They make great snacks or desserts. They are even elegant enough to serve at a party, don’t you think?

Ok so here is the recipe

Healthy Chocolate Truffles | adapted from this recipe at Whole Foods

Makes about 30, 1 inch balls

What you need:

First and foremost you will need a food processor or high quality blender, such as a Vitamix, to make these truffles. Heres the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 Tablespoons raw cacao powder or regular cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or honey (optional)


Cut dates in half, remove pit and soak in a small bowl with 1 cup of water for 20-30 minutes. Drain excess water from dates and set aside. Place oats in food processor, and process until they are finely ground. Add the soaked dates, and all remaining ingredients to your food processor. Process until mixture is completely combined. It will form into a dough-like mixture. Remove the mix from your food processor into a small bowl. Spoon out a heaping teaspoon of mixture. Roll in your hands to form a ball. Roll the ball in your desired coating. I used a mix of cacao powder and sesame seeds, but many other toppings would work! If you are rushed, you don’t need to do a coating. Here are some ideas: chopped dark chocolate, coconut flakes, chopped pistachios, cocoa powder.


The truffles taste better when they are cold. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving. You can still eat them right away if you want but they firm up and taste better when cold. If you want chocolate to be the main flavor of your truffles, use almond butter instead of peanut butter. The agave or honey is optional but I find that it adds just the right amount of sweetness.


Nutrition Information for one – 1 inch ball (assuming you followed the exact recipe above)

  • calories: 55
  • protein: 2 grams
  • fat: 2.5 grams
  • fiber: 1.o gram
I really want to hear what you think about this recipe. Have you had something like this before? Leave a comment below in the comments section.




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