Smooth and crave-worthy, you won't believe these chocolate walnut fudge truffles are refined sugar-free and vegan. Keep a container in the freezer for anytime you want an indulgent but healthy sweet treat.
What should we call these? Truffles, energy bites, energy balls? They all mean the same thing, but truffles sound so much more indulgent, don't they? Okay, let's go with that.
These chocolate walnut fudge truffles have only a few natural ingredients:
For the shredded coconut, try to find some finely shredded coconut, like for baking macaroons. This will make the the truffles smoother.
If you use shredded coconut with larger pieces, that's fine, it will just have more texture.
I do not recommend using coconut "chips" - those pieces are too large for this recipe.
You can also substitute ground flaxseed meal in place of the coconut.
Your food processor shines for this recipe. It will do all the work for you.
We're first going to process the walnuts until they are finely chopped, about the size of panko breadcrumbs.
Then, add the pitted dates (make sure you remove the pits and any hard stem pieces first!) and process again until the dates are finely chopped.
Then, add all the other ingredients (if you'd like to roll your truffles in coconut for decoration, reserve some of that). Process the rest of the ingredients until everything is well combined and it forms a thick "dough".
Then, remove the blade and get ready to roll up some truffles!
Place some coconut or finely chopped walnuts in a bowl. Then, take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it in your hands into a little ball.
Roll in coconut/nuts and then place in a mini muffin tin, plate or tray that will fit in your freezer or refrigerator.
Repeat until you've used up all the dough.
Then, place the tray in the freezer or refrigerator to chill and set for at least 30 minutes.
- Almond Fudge Energy Bites (substitute walnuts for almonds, substitute peanut butter for almond butter)
- Pistachio Fudge Energy Bites (substitute almond extract for pistachio extract)
Storing truffles/energy bites
These plant-based truffles store best in the refrigerator or freezer, where they will stay firm and keep their shape. Heat will make them soften.
So, once they have set, you can transfer them to an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator or freezer for storage.
- They will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. You can enjoy them immediately out of the refrigerator.
- They will stay good in the freezer for 4-6 weeks. They take a minute or two to thaw straight from the freezer.
I've found these same principles to hold true for most energy bite recipes I've made.
Storing dates and nuts
I keep my dates and walnuts in the refrigerator to keep them fresh longer.
So, my ingredients are cool when I make these. If your dates are room temp (or hot), you may see a different consistency (more of a paste, instead of it chopping the dates) when processing your mixture, but the results should be the same. You may have to scrape down the sides of your processor to keep everything together.
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- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons finely shredded coconut or ground flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped dark chocolate
- pinch sea salt
- 1-3 tablespoons water
- Optional: crushed walnuts, finely shredded coconut or cocoa powder for rolling
- In a food processor, add walnuts and process into crumbs. Be careful not to over-process into nut butter.
- Add pitted dates and process until dates are finely chopped and combined with walnut crumbs.
- Add cocoa powder, coconut/flaxseed meal, peanut butter, almond extract, sea salt and 1 tablespoon of the water. Process until combined, smooth and forming a dough. If it's too dry, add another tablespoon of water and process again.
- Remove from food processor and place in bowl. If decorating with coconut or finely chopped walnuts, put them in a separate small bowl.
- Using a spoon, put a small piece (about a tablespoon-full) of dough in your hand and roll it into a ball. Then, roll in shredded coconut/walnuts. If rolling in cocoa powder, do this just before serving (otherwise the cocoa will melt away).
- Place on a tray or plate and refrigerate or freeze for 30 minutes to firm up. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 4-6 weeks.
See some variation ideas to this recipe above in my post.
For the coconut, use the smallest shredded coconut you can find, preferably fine coconut used for making macaroons.
- Medjool Dates can be substituted with deglet noor dates, as well.
- Finely shredded coconut can be substituted with ground flaxseed meal.
- Peanut butter can be substituted with other nut butter like almond butter, cashew butter, tahini or sunbutter.
- Almond extract can be substituted for vanilla extract, pistachio extract or other flavored extract you like.
- Dark chocolate can be substituted for mini chocolate chips or omitted altogether.
- For rolling: finely chopped pistachios or sprinkles (fun for the kids!).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 34gProtein: 6g
Nutritional calculations are done using online tools, such as recipe widget Create. Even though we have tried to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.
Inspired by Oh She Glows Triple Almond Energy Bites