Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

Healthy, wholesome naturally sweetened chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients.ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  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. Thatโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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:ย  (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. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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.ย 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

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

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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 โ€œdoughโ€ 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.ย Store bites in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Notes

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

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140 Comments

  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    Making my own version of Larabars has been on my list for forever! These look so perfect–especially the ones rolled in coconut. I love that they’re chocolate, but with no added sugar. These are totally right up my alley, and I want to make like 500 varieties and never buy the ones from the store ever again!

    1. I know what you mean Ari! I already have so many variations in my head to play around with. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Wow these look stunning! I love the healthi-ness of them too. So perfect. And I am in love with that bowl! So gorge!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you Carla! I got the bowls from Anthropologie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Allison @ Life's a Bowl says:

    These look absolutely divine! My hubby and I are chocolate lovers but it never hurts to add a healthy “bite” into the mix every now and then! I especially like the idea of rolling them in coconutโ€ฆ And since they’re healthy that means we can eat a whole box of them, right ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hey Allison! Thanks so much. I am a huge chocolate lover too. Especially if peanuts and coconut are involved. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, eating one after the other after the other is OK in my book!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Can you believe I’ve never had a date? I need to try them. And these bite! I love little bites like this to get me through the afternoon!

  5. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry says:

    Lara Bars have the best flavors! I hate the other energy bars that taste like sand. These Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites are so cute! Perfect for a late afternoon pick me up when I am craving sugar.

  6. Such an interesting idea! I think it would be fun to try different extracts…maybe maple or orange? I love the cute little heart plate and the way you captured the look of cocoa powder!

    1. Hey Caley! Adding orange extract sounds amazing. You should give it a try! And maple… wow. Even better my friend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. ashley - baker by nature says:

    Oh Sally! These are right up my alley! Heck yes I’m making these VERY soon.

  8. I love dates and I’ve started working out again after an injury so these would be great to make! Thanks Sally ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    OMG– the ones with the coconut! I could eat these every day and be a happy little clam. Gorgeous pictures, too!

    1. Thanks Hayley, as always my dear dear friend. Thinking of you. xoxo text me if you need anything.

  10. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    I love Lara bars! Cherry Pie flavored is my fave too ๐Ÿ™‚ These look like a nice economical way to break my pricey Lara bar habit!

  11. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife says:

    I love everything about these!

  12. cookingrookie says:

    I made something very similar the other day. I also added rices krispies for the texture. It’s really amazing how delicious and satisfying these fruit truffles are and how much healthier :-).

  13. Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    These look delicious! I love Larabars, hate how expensive they are. These are a perfect (and delicious!) pre-workout snack. Can’t wait to try.

  14. This is one of those recipes that I’d have to make while the kids weren’t home. Because I totally wouldn’t share. Not even a crumb.

  15. Um, that comment was meant for the big chocolate cookie. I must have clicked the wrong comments button.

    Going away now. Don’t mind me.

    1. this is why I love you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    What?! No added sugar?! You go, you! And these pictures are awesome! I love this recipe. Yay for healthier recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I knew you’d love these Erin! I was waiting for you to see them =)

  17. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Awesome Sally! Lara bars are the bomb, but I don’t buy them. Making them homemade is great except for the brief moments when you feel like your food processor is going to flip off the counter! Those few seconds of stress are worth it though…

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Ha! I agree Loretta. And I don’t buy many Lara bars (only sometimes) b/c I can make these at home!

  18. lol I always snack on dates! With a smear of peanut butter ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thank you for this recipe! I just made them this afternoon and I’m so happy with how they turned out AND it was easy! The texture was much smoother than I expected, kind of like raw cookie dough, but much healthier ๐Ÿ™‚ I found your blog a few months ago and I’ve tried about 10 of your recipes and I’ve never been disappointed. Thanks!

    1. Hey Jessica! Wow, thank you for the very sweet comment. I’m so glad you follow my blog and are loving the recipes you make. Please let me know any time you make something, I just love hearing about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love these truffles so much!

  20. Thank you so much! They taste amazing! Didn’t have any sunflower seeds on hand so I just left them out and they tasted fine. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t believe it was possible to make something chocolaty and sweet without any sugar or butter! Will definitely make these again.

    1. Hey Shai! That’s great to hear. Thanks for the report back! I’ll have to try these without sunflower seeds one time.

  21. These look amazing, and I really want to try them! I was just wondering what kind of dates to use, Medjool or Deglet noor? Or does it matter? And is it okay to use dried dates?

    1. I’ve made them with both- try medjool, I favored those!

  22. I love lara bars! Apple pie is my favorite! I’m such a fruit nut ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a Happy Easter Sally!

    1. Hope you had a great Easter Mary Ellen! Lara Bars are so good!

  23. Those look delicious, but it got me wondering…have you ever made brigadeiro? If so, I’d love to know your recipe!

    1. Hi Haley! No I have not.

  24. I love it. Thx from Bremen Germany

  25. Just made these and I really like them. They ended up being very versatile, which I love. I didn’t have plain nuts so I substituted peanut butter and added some oats and walnuts to make up for the lack of peanuts and sunflower seeds. The dates made it wonderfully sweet and it wasn’t difficult to handle. Thanks much for the recipe!

    1. Love the changes you made, Katy! Your bites sound wonderful. I just made these again with a few different ingredients and will be posting them soon!

  26. Deeee-lish Sally!!!

    1. Thanks Tony!

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

    Looks delish!

    1. dried dates. It’s not a silly question!

  28. These were delicious!! I used cashews and almonds and medjool dates. Keep the healthy recipes comin’!! Thanks for the great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I will, Ashley! Thanks so much. Glad you liked them!

  29. 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!

    1. 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.

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

    1. I use dry.

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