Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Get your sweet & chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

It’s about time I lay off the butter.

…well, just for today. 😉  It’s been way too long since I shared a healthier recipe with you.

So, have you ever had a Lara bar before? Lara bars are my favorite type of healthy snack bar. They are all-natural, vegan, gluten free, and made 100% with whole, natural foods. My favorite flavors are Chocolate Chip Brownie and Cherry Pie. The bars usually only contain nuts, dried fruits, and other whole foods.

I made little bite-sized “truffle” balls over the weekend that reminded me of Lara bars, but without the $2+ price tag.  As much as I love healthy snack bars and such, buying them from the store really adds up.  If I eat 5 per week at the office, that’s $10 just for work snacks!  By making my own, I save money AND I have complete control over the quality of ingredients.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

My little chocolate bites are vegan and gluten free with no added sugars and made with only 5 easy ingredients: dates, peanuts, sunflower seeds, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. That’s it!  I call them brownie truffles because well, they are super fudgy, dense, and moist.  Pure energy in quite the natural state!  I popped a few of these bites before the gym on Sunday night.  I ran like lightning. 😉

I’m not vegan, nor do I follow a gluten free or raw diet, but I love natural treats like these.  I have quite a few readers asking me for vegan and gluten free recipes, so I’m happy to share a recent creation with you today.  You’ll need a blender or food processor to make them.

I made three different kinds of the truffles:  (1) plain, (2) rolled in cocoa powder, and (3) rolled in coconut.  You could even roll them in crushed peanuts, crushed pumpkin seeds, or mini chocolate chips.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

The base of this recipe is pitted dates. I love dates! They are a natural sweetener, also known as nature’s candy. 🙂  There is NO added sugar in these bites; the only sweetness comes from the dates. Pure dates are one of my favorite snacks. Try stuffing them with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips. Simply incredible!

I bought the dates in the produce section of the grocery store.  You’ll need 14 whole dates.  Some of the dates I bought were much firmer than others, so chopping them all up into small pieces made them easier to blend.  You could even soak the dates in warm water to make them softer.

Put the chopped dates and the vanilla extract into the blender/food processor first. 2 hefty teaspoons of vanilla extract. I’m never shy adding vanilla extract to my recipes!  The little bit of liquid helps to break up the dates so that is why I add both first.  Next, add 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender.  You don’t want to add the cocoa powder last or you’ll have quite the mess all over your blender.  The cocoa powder, dates, and vanilla extract give the truffle bites their intensely fudgy taste.

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The final two ingredients are peanuts and sunflower seeds. I used salted dry-roasted peanuts here because I love how they taste with the sweet dates and cocoa powder.  Salty/sweet chocolate treats will always steal my heart!

Mix everything together in your blender/food processor.  This is the food processor I have. It also works as my blender and is very affordable serving as both.

 You’ll have to start and stop the food processor a few times and scrape down the sides to really get everything going.  It took me about 4-5 minutes to get the ingredients into a thick dough-like lump.  It sort of resembles a very thick oily cookie dough when it is done blending together.  Keep blending until you reach this point.  With this dough, you’re going to roll Tablespoon sized balls with your hands.  Once you have them in 18 balls, you can roll each ball into cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or leave them plain.

The bites rolled in cocoa powder were my favorite! The surface of the balls engulfed all of the cocoa powder, making them taste even more chocolate-y!

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

These energy bites a chocolate fudgy flavor, but if you’re looking for an extreme chocolatey truffle, then these aren’t for you.  They taste like chocolate, but are made with dates.  Not pure chocolate.  Still with me?  They are a healthier alternative to a box of chocolates.  If you’re looking for an intense chocolate dessert, try my Ultimate Fudge Brownies or Death by Chocolate Cupcakes.

I love how simple, elegant, and decadent tasting these bites are. Bonus points that they are made with whole, natural ingredients, and do not contain a trace of processed sugar. Gosh knows I’ve been in a sugar coma lately. What up Red Velvet Swirl Brownies!

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

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Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Get your sweet & chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

Ingredients:

  • 14 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts (or any type of peanut, salted or unsalted - your preference)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • optional for rolling: cocoa powder, shredded coconut, crushed nuts, mini chocolate chips

Directions:

First, make sure your dates are soft. You may soak them in warm water (and drain them) for 15 minutes before putting into the food processor or blender. OR you may chop them up into very small pieces so they blend easily.

Put all of your ingredients into the blender or food processor, in the order listed, and blend for 4-5 minutes or until a thick oily “dough” ball is formed. The dough will be oily from the seeds and nuts. You will have to scrape down the sides of the blender/food processor a few times to get all of the dry ingredients to the bottom. Once a dough is formed, scoop the dough (about 1 Tablespoon each) and roll into a smooth ball with your hands.

If rolling into cocoa powder, coconut, etc: spread rolling ingredients onto a plate and roll the moist dough ball around to fully cover. Store bites in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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Here are several of my favorite healthy recipes:

 Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshakes

Skinny Mint Chocolate Milkshakes

 

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

 

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

 

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies

 

Detox Smoothie

Detox Smoothie

 

Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

 

No-Bake Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars

 

Skinny Chocolate Banana Fudge Muffins

Skinny Chocolate Banana Fudge Muffins

 

 

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147 comments

  1. I apologize if this is a silly question but are they supposed to be fresh dates or dried dates?

    Looks delish!

  2. These were delicious!! I used cashews and almonds and medjool dates. Keep the healthy recipes comin’!! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  3. Hi Sally! These look great. I am wanting to make these but I don’t have whole dates, only chopped dates. How much (like a cup ?) do you think I should use of the chopped dates? Or maybe I should say, how many cups does the 14 whole dates amount to? Thanks!

    • Hi Kristi! You know, I’m not exactly sure how many chopped dates this would take. I would guess about 1.5 – 2 cups. That sounds about right.

  4. Do you use dried dates or fresh? Can I use dried dates?

  5. Hi Sally! I juste made these and they taste great! I love them! The only thing is that even after having all the ingredients in my food processor for about ten minutes it didn’t form an oily dough (it was crumbly), so I just gave up and rolled them into balls anyway. And the texture is different (from what I can see in your photos) then yours when I take a bite. Do you think it is because I used raw sunflower seeds instead of roasted ones?

    The recipes I’ve made so far are:
    – these energy balls
    – the triple chocolate cake, but just the cake part (I used it to make a German Chocolate Cake)
    – Monster Peanut Butter Cookies (soft-baked)
    – and another chocolate cookie recipe (I don’t remember which one)
    But they were alllllll goooood!!! Love your website! My next recipe will have to be Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls; they look realllyyy good and gooey!
    :))

    • Sonia, you’ve made a few of my favorites! Love those monster cookies so much.

      For these truffles – I’m wondering if your dates weren’t particularly moist. It sounds like there just wasn’t enough moisture in your “dough” – try adding a touch of maple syrup next time. That always helps!

      • Oh yeah, EVERYONE loved those monster cookies!

        Well, I used Medjool dates for the truffles and they seemed moist enough. Maybe I’ll use a bit more dates next time or maple syrop, like you suggested! Thanks for the quick reply. 🙂

    • Sonya and Sally, I had the same issue with the texture. I even soaked the dates in hot water, even tho they seemed moist. I also used the food processor and raw sunflower seeds. The taste was enjoyed by me and my boys very much, tho the texture was crumbly, and delicate in a ball shape. I think I may try a bit more moisture; syrup or honey, tho that may change the flavor. Or maybe use a few more dates, which was what I thought when I saw them in my bowl before processing, that it didn’t look like enough (even tho I had not tried this recipe or anything like it before). Still going to share our delicate decadent balls with our elderly, diabetic neighbor when we take over some dinner tonight. Thank you for the recipes, healthy decadent ones are my favorite.

      • Hi Kimi! I would add 1 Tablespoon of honey or maple syrup. It won’t really alter the flavor at all next time. I’m happy you enjoyed the taste!

  6. just made these, they are so delicious! i added almond butter to give the dough a more moist/oily texture cuz it was a bit crumbly!! but i love them and now i know what im taking to school everyday 🙂

  7. wow just made these and even forgot the vanilla they are two of my favorite things easy and good . I am going to dip the in dark chocolate to send to my sister Thanks i think i can put this in a pinwheel type cookie too or even wrap it with some phylo dough the hummm

  8. These are so delicious! Although I’m a chocoholic, the ones I rolled in cocoa powder were absolutely horrible! So bitter! These taste wonderful not rolled in anything! I will be making these often.

  9. These are MAGIC. I don’t like dates, despise sunflower seeds, and am deeply suspicious of healthy foods that are allegedly “really chocolate-y!” At the same time, I have two young girls who I am trying to raise with healthy food choices, so I figured I’d give this recipe a try. (We are in NZ and I have no idea what a Lara bar is either.) I figured if the kids would eat them, great, but I had no intention of consuming them. Then I tried one.
    Oh.
    My.
    Goodness.
    THESE ARE SPECTACULAR. Much to good to waste on small children! 😉
    I would NEVER guess that they have any healthy stuff in them (we even threw in some pitted prunes). No hype in the claims – these ARE really fudgey, chocolatey, and I would never in a zillion years have realized that the sweetness is all from dates (and prunes), that sunflower seeds lurk within, and that these are actually good for you. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE!!!
    Needless to say, in addition to me being in raptures over them, my kids are totally in love with them (and it’s an easy recipe for them to help make). I will be sharing the recipe and this blog with every parent and health-conscious adult I know!!

    • Kira, I think these energy bites are magical too. I sometimes make them with prunes and when I make them, my fiancé always says he won’t try them and then when he does? He’s blown away. Thank you so much for taking the time to report back. I’m happy this recipe surprised you!

  10. Sally, these were delicious fresh from the food processor! However, after I put them in an airtight container overnight, they developed a really “boozy” smell. I thought maybe I was just crazy, so I had two or three, and they really did get me tipsy! It must have been the vanilla extract, I’m guessing. I don’t know if I accidentally put in 2 tablespoons instead of teaspoons (I swear I grabbed the right spoon!), or it had something to do with the dates, but these were about as potent as rum balls. I think I will just have to make sure that I avoid eating them for breakfast again. Whoops! 😉

    • I’m laughing out loud. Not at you, but just the thought of these tasting like boozy rum! That actually sort of sounds delicious to me right now. But certainly not at 7am nor if you are not expecting it! I cannot imagine what it could be unless you added too much vanilla! Perhaps don’t add any vanilla, or maybe just 1/2 teaspoon or something. That would definitely help!

  11. Sally-
    My family and I have been trying your recipes and we haven’t found one that we do not like. Just made the Energy Bites…had to make a slight tweak. Instead of rolling them in the cocoa or coconut, I used cinnamon sugar (in the raw, ground fine). The cinnamon cuts some of the sweetness and adds an extra depth of flavor. I am going to take some to work and see what everyone thinks.

  12. Hi there- cant wait to try these! Any ideas what you could replace nuts with? School is nut free zone…
    Thx for the deliciousness!

  13. Hi Sally! I tried making these today and they just didn’t come together. I halved the recipe (since I wanted to try them first) and had a couple different issues. One, the sunflower seeds would not grind. They are just thin long pieces and when I tried a little bit, the sunflower seeds were still noticeable. Also, the texture was dry and crumbly, I could not get it to form together into a dough consistency. I even tried adding syrup like you recommend. I clearly did something wrong, hopefully you can point it out because I was so excited to make these!

    • Hey Briana! May I ask what food processor you are using? It sounds like you need sharper blades if your nuts aren’t releasing oils and sunflower seeds aren’t grinding up.

      • I used a standard food processor but it’s kind of old so you may be right about the blades. I’ll try a different blender and hopefully it works! Thanks so much!

  14. These were so yummy! But how many caloires per each bite?

  15. My local Trader Joes was out of dates so I doubled the recipe and substituted 14 dried figs and 14 prunes. They came put delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. I can’t wait to try out this recipe! These looks very yummy and healthy!

  17. Hi Sally,
    These look amazing!!!
    I was thinking of making these, but I don’t have a food processor… Would I be able to chop up the nuts and dates realy small and then mix everything?
    I have been told I have to make healthy chocolates and this was the best recipe I could find… please help!!!
    (I love all your recipes… especially the chewey chocolate cookies and the raspberry chocolate cake!!!!)
    Thnx 🙂

    • Hey Catherine! Unfortunately, you need the nuts and dried fruits processed extremely finely and into a paste. You can’t do that with a knife. Do you have a blender? That works too.

  18. Hi Sally! I going to try making the balls… Could I add oatmeal to blend?

  19. I made these just today and shared with my fitness group. What is the nutritional count? Any ideas?

  20. Hii!….I am from india and have been following your website from some time now… totally love your recipes! .. I wanted to know if I can substitute sunflower seeds with anything else?

  21. I tried making these in my Vitamix (granted I did a double batch) and it ceased my mixer. Overheated. I’m pretty sure based on others comments it may have been due to lack of liquid. Do you think adding some of the water you soaked the dates in would be a viable option? I think they are sweet enough so I was leaning away from the honey and maple syrup. Thank you!

  22. What is the calorie count, fat, & carb ???

  23. Sally these were SO GOOD!! I don’t even eat dried fruits and nuts normally, but I could not stop gobbling these! I used walnuts and almonds because that’s all I had but they were still incredible! Thank you so much 🙂

  24. Hi! Love the look of this recipe, just bought all the ingredients. However, I don’t have a proper blender or food processor. I have a hand blender and a smoothie blender, but I wonder if the dough will be too much for the blades? 
    Thanks in advance for your advice x

    • Rose, I fear the smoothie blender isn’t strong enough to crush the nuts. You really need a food processor or blender.

      • Thanks for your prompt reply, I borrowed a food processor from my next door neighbour, and these are amazing! So easy and simple with healthy ingredients which my health freak parents will be pleased with! 🙂 many thanks Sally! X

  25. Hi Sally. I was very excited to make these, but lacked dates, peanuts and sunflower seeds. I substituted dried papaya, peanut butter and walnuts. They came out fudgy and delicious, so it seems just about any dried fruit will work!  I have baked many of your recipes with my 3 little boys and I was sorry to have missed seeing you on your recent visit to Boston!  Mini pumpkin muffins with cinnamon sugar are our favorite ’round here so far…

  26. So delicious! I substituted the sunflower seeds for 7 whole walnuts and used my blender. I added some of the water that I had soaked the dates in. Really good as a pre workout snack!

  27. UAE-based chocolatiers have created a range of chocolate products by combining the richest sought with premium amours for this Ramadan and Eid treats.

  28. Celebrate Ramadan and Eid with lovely gift that includes gourmet chocolate products along with dates dipped with delicious toppings such as almonds, coconut, and pistachios.

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