Give yourself a healthy + clean boost of energy with these Energizing Truffle Bites (fat bombs)! Nutrient dense, decadent, chocolatey, dairy + gluten free, vegan, and raw (no oven necessary) are a few healthy features of this recipe I’m sharing today. You can easily grab a few of these bites at anytime to give yourself a nourishing boost of energy!
This recipe can easily be customized with your favourite energizing ingredients. The base ingredients that make up these indulgent truffle bites are the raw unsalted almonds, chocolate plant protein powder, coconut oil, and raw cacao. The rest of the ingredients are some of my favourite add-ins for energy + flavour, however, feel free to have some fun and use any energizing and flavourful ingredients you love!
I like to pulse the raw almonds first in a food processor until they are ground (you could soak them ahead of time for a couple hours if you wish to help with breaking them down). You don’t have to grind them until smooth, just make sure they are broken up and crumbly. Once you’ve done this, you can add the rest of the ingredients as you see fit. Continue to pulse until everything is mixed together, smooth, and has the consistency of a thick gooey dough that can easily be rolled into small bite sized balls.
I used my Vitamix for this recipe, but any sort of food processor or high-speed blender will work just fine for this recipe. When it comes to high-speed blending or food processing, I find the Vitamix always comes to my rescue. It truly is a great investment that I consider to be a minimalist appliance because it’s so useful and versatile! It’s like having multiple appliances in one. Worth every penny in my humble opinion.
What makes these truffle bites decadent + energizing?
Energizing // For a healthy boost of long-lasting energy + nutrition I used raw almonds, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, himalayan salt, hemp hearts, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
Decadent // For some indulgent flavour + nutrition I used chocolate plant protein powder, vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup.
Raw almonds // A nutrient-dense nut that contains monounsaturated fatty acids which makes them beneficial for blood glucose (energy) control. Almonds also contain dietary fiber helping us feel full longer, antioxidants + vitamins such as vitamin E & riboflavin (aka vitamin B2), trace minerals like calcium & magnesium. Let’s not forget almonds are also a great source of plant protein!
Cacao powder // Raw cacao is an unprocessed nutrient dense chocolatey superfood that contains an excellent source of antioxidants/vitamins/minerals such as flavonoids (phytonutrients), B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, and potassium. I love using raw cacao powder in recipes to add some chocolatey richness.
Chocolate plant protein powder // We all could use a boost of protein! Chocolate (or vanilla) plant protein powder is a great way to add some clean flavour + nutrition to recipes. Protein is crucial for building up + repairing our body tissues. It’s an important building block for muscle, bones + joints, cartilage, skin/nails/hair, and more!
Himalayan salt // In comparison to regular table salt, pink Himalayan salt is a mineral rich, detoxifying + balancing salt choice. Most table salts go through high amounts of processing leaving them to only contain sodium + additives, while Himalayan salt is pure and contains a wide range of trace minerals that benefit the body in numerous ways. A few benefits of Himalayan salt include helping the body balance blood sugar + pH levels, detoxification, improvement of mineral + hydration status along with acting as a natural antihistamine.
Vanilla extract // Vanilla extract (pure and non-alcoholic) is almost a given for flavour in any recipe! This flavourful extract in its natural form contains a useful source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and antibacterial properties.
Coconut oil // Coconut oil goes beyond ingesting, it is such a versatile ingredient that often is added into cooking and baking recipes, along with being used for skin, hair and oral care. I often use 1 tbsp of this energizing oil in cooking, baking, or healthy blends like smoothies or lattes. It’s a great source of long-lasting energy containing medium-chain fatty acids (lauric, capric, and caprylic acid) that go through a quicker process making it easier to digest, in comparison to other fats which can take longer to digest. Medium-chain fatty acids like the ones found in coconut oil are also antimicrobial, antifungal, and used as energy as opposed to being readily stored as fat because they are processed by the liver and immediately converted into energy. When it comes to coconut oil, it tends to get a bad rap, however, ANYTHING in excessive amounts is going to be harmful. As I have mentioned before, and will continue to express, everything in moderation is key!
Pure maple syrup // I like using pure maple syrup for a natural source of added sweetness! It’s an antioxidant-rich natural sweetener when it’s used in its pure form and it also scores on the lower side of the glycemic index (it scores below 55).
Hemp hearts // Hemp hearts are an excellent source of protein, essential fatty acids in the perfect balance, are easy to digest, and rich in antioxidants/vitamins/minerals especially vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc. Hemp hearts give a nutty flavour making them easy to add into recipes without throwing things off and are an excellent ingredient to add into recipes for long-lasting energy that will keep you satisfied + nourished throughout your day.
Flaxseed // The nutritional profile of flaxseed is an excellent one! A few of the healthy features flaxseed include its high content of omega-3’s, fiber, protein, B vitamins, minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and antioxidants (especially lignans which fight disease). Along with promoting healthy skin/hair/nails, weight loss, and lower cholesterol, flaxseed promotes healthy digestion and is gluten free.
Chia seeds // Nutrient-dense and comes packed with energy, chia seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, omega-3 fats (ALA), vitamins (B + D) and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium) and are rich in antioxidants (vitamin E). A few healthy benefits of chia seeds include healthy digestion, healthy skin, boosted metabolism + energy, strong bones, and healthy blood glucose levels.
Decadent Energizing Truffle Bites
Vegan, dairy + gluten free, energizing, nutrient dense Decadent Energizing Truffle Bites
- 1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 scoop plant based chocolate protein powder – I used Garden of Life Organic Raw Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (non-alcoholic)
- 2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (or any natural sweetener of choice)
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp water (if needed)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds (in a separate bowl to roll truffle bites in)
- Add all almonds into a food processor (I used my vitamix) and pulse until they become coarsely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until the consistency is smooth and has a play-dough consistency.
- Add tbsp amounts of water as needed if your mixture is too crumbly (it will depend on your appliance).
- Add 3 tbsp chia seeds into a small separate bowl. Begin scooping ½ size spoonful amounts of truffle mixture and roll it into bite sized balls with your hands. Once you form the truffle ball, roll it in the bowl of chia seeds then place it on a separate plate.
- Once all the truffle mixture has been used up, store the truffle bites in the fridge on a plate for at least 20 minutes (or until they have hardened). Once truffle bites have hardened, transfer them to an airtight container and keep them stored in the fridge up to one week.
Note – You could also keep them stored in the freezer to enjoy on later day if you think you will have any left over after one week.
What are some of your favourite energizing ingredients that help keep you energized + well nourished throughout the day? Don’t forget to let me know if you tried this recipe out by tagging your variations with #thenourishedvibe. You can find me on instagram @thenourishedvibe and twitter @NourishedVibe. I hope you enjoy this recipe, and most of all I hope you have (or had) a fabulous day!