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

chocolate truffle energy bites on a white plate

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.

chocolate truffle energy bites on a white plate

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.

chocolate truffle energy bites coated in different toppings

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.

chocolate truffle energy bites

chocolate truffle energy bites on a white plate

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. 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!

chocolate truffle energy bites rolled in cocoa powder in a bowl

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!

chocolate truffle energy bites with a bite taken from one showing the inside

Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

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chocolate truffle energy bites on a white plate

Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16-18 bites 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 14 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts*
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • optional for rolling: cocoa powder, shredded coconut, crushed nuts, mini chocolate chips


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  1. Peanuts: You can use any type of peanut– salted or unsalted– that you prefer.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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

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

  6. Sally,
    For these amazing energy bites, can I use Grounded Almond or Hazelnut s I have 2 packets in the fridge. Do I add it in together with the cocoa powder?
    Would Valrhona Cocoa powder or Hershey’s Cocoa Powder be suitable?
    Wanna bring these to gym for after workout treat!
    Excited to hear from you.

    1. Hi Jacqui! You can use ground almond or hazelnuts in place of the nuts or seeds in these bites. Either cocoa should be fine!

  7. Thanks again for a great recipe. I found they were not sticking, so I added a tsp of coconut oil, and worked perfect. Very good to eat just before my workouts.

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