Fudgy, chocolaty and delicious, these healthy Chocolate Chia Truffles are vegan, refined-sugar free, healthy and the perfect recipe to have at hand for a quick energy-fix for all ages!
As someone with a very high exposure to high calorie desserts and sugary indulgences, it is always a challenge to find a balance between satisfying the sweet tooth and eating healthy. Chocolate especially is my Achilles heel and I find it super tricky to control my cravings for it on some days.
These healthy chocolate chia truffles recipe thus has come to my rescue on multiple occasions. It allows me the privilege of indulging my sweet tooth without overdoing on the carbs or sugar! Plus it comes with a high dose of nutrients that a regular bar of chocolate is devoid of! Total win!
I like to keep a batch of these healthy truffles to satisfy mid-day cravings, as a quick on-the-go snack, for post-workout energy, and even for a delicious school tiffin treat!
Just a handful of ingredients makes this recipe –
- refined sugar-free
- convenient to carry
- perfect for gifting!
This healthy chocolate chia truffles recipe is pretty forgiving in that you can easily switch the ingredients to suit your preference and it still comes out well in most cases. While the dates are needed for the sweetness as well as the binding, the other mix-ins can be swapped in a pinch.
While I love the combination of almonds, coconut and dates together, you could even swap for other nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, etc or a mix of any of these. Don’t like coconut? Skip it.
The seeds not only add a lot of nutrition, they also provide add texture by bringing some crunch to the truffles. It’s also the only way I can get my family to not turn up their noses at eating chia and flax seeds. While I don’t prefer adding dried fruits, you could add a handful of raisins, cranberries, black currants or others of choice.
Coating the truffles in melted chocolate helps to really bring together all the ingredients besides obviously tasting soo delicious, but you could easily skip that step, and instead just dust the truffles with some cocoa powder, or roll them in shredded coconut, or chopped nuts. Either way they taste amazing!
With a recipe this easy, the only problem with it? It’s addictive and you won’t be able to stop eating them! If you want to see more recipes like these, let me know in the comments or find me on Instagram.
Looking for more healthy recipes? Check these out
- Sugar-Free Chocolate & Walnut Cake
- Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse
- Whole-Wheat Pita Bread
- Oats and Seeds Crackers
- Oats Cranberry Cookies
Healthy Chocolate Chia Truffles
- 100g Dates (seedless)
- 100g Almonds
- 80g Dark Chocolate
- 50g Shredded Coconut
- 2 tsp Chia Seeds
- ½ tsp Flax Seeds
- 150g Melted chocolate
- Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave till it's lump-free and smooth.
- In a jar of a mixer-grinder, add the dates and almonds and grind till the almonds are crushed to a powder. A few small pieces are fine. Add the coconut, chia seeds and flax seeds and grind again till you have a coarse mixture.
- Add the melted chocolate slowly into the mixture and grind all together till you have a slightly sticky dough-like mixture. To check, try and pinch a small ball out of the dough. If it crumbles and doesn't stay together, add more melted chocolate till it comes together into a firm ball.
- Remove the mixture into a bowl, and with lightly oiled hands, make equal-sized balls, placing them on a parchment lined tray.
- For coating: Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave, till lump-free and smooth. With the help of a fork, dip each ball into the melted chocolate, then remove and gently place back on the tray. Alternatively, you could simply roll the balls in cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts if you prefer.
- Transfer the tray to the refrigerator till the chocolate dries – 15-20 minutes, then remove and transfer the truffles to an airtight container.
- The truffles will keep well at room temperature for upto 10 days or refrigerated for upto 3 weeks.