Nut Butter Truffles (sugar-free)

Easy Truffle Recipe - Sugar and Dairy-free. These come together in a flash and are a yummy treat your kids will love. Low carb & Paleo too!


I love truffles.

I used to make sugar and chocolate-laden ones as Christmas gifts years ago.  But now that our family is trying to eat more healthfully, I have passed up my old truffle recipe in search of a fresh alternative.

Well, I finally found one.  Here is a great recipe for a treat that you and your family can indulge in while knowing that they are really good for you.

My inspiration for these came from Real Sustenance, a website dedicated to raw foods.  I found this recipe about one month ago and just had to try it.

True to my ways, I changed up the recipe a bit with new ingredients and a money-saving twist– and boy, do we have another winner this time.

The idea to roll them in coconut came from Kelly of The Nourishing Home.  I should have thought of it myself, since I rolled my other homemade truffles in cocoa, coconut and chopped nuts.  Ah well, sometimes we all need a reminder of good things.)

We even had friends over yesterday who do not have any dietary restrictions and they LOVED them.  In fact, my dear friend’s daughter can be a picky eater and she kept asking for more “cookies” :-).

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Why these truffles are great:

  • They are raw, so you can benefit from increased nutrition
  • They are simple to prepareno baking required
  • The recipe is variable so you can “make do” with whatever you have in your home
  • They are packed with nutrition from nuts or seeds, coconut, and flax (a powerhouse of omega 3s)
  • A lot cheaper than buying fancy chocolates and such

NOTE:  Ground coconut isn’t really coconut flour but it works pretty well in this recipe.

How about passing this recipe onto your kids or your husband so that they can whip up a batch (or two) for you on Mother’s Day or some other holiday?  They are so easy to make that they can make them with almost no help!

More tasty and healthy snacks:

Do you have a healthy favorite sweet treat that you would like to share?

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  1. you are too sweet giving me a shout-out. what an awesome friend you are. thank you! I can’t wait to try your version – they sound wonderful! just posted this on my FB page so every one I know can benefit from your creativity with this recipe as well. blessings and Happy Mother’s Day! :) kel

  2. Sounds yummy! I may need to try these out. Thanks for posting on Monday Mania!

  3. Oh yum! You’ve given me inspiration to make our own little treats :-) I’ll be sure to link back to you! They’re so pretty too!

  4. I found you on tip junkie! These look amazing!

  5. OH these look PREFECT for baseball super food!
    Thansks for sharing!
    Blessings!
    LIB
    http://bit.ly/b4ATuy

  6. Yum! These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Yum! I totally want to make these as they look and sound fantastic! I’m not eating flax at the moment – what would you suggest as an alternative?

    • I would try something of the same consistency. Perhaps rice bran or coconut flour (more of the ground coconut would work). Ground chia might work as well. I know a lot of real foodies frown on protein powder. I myself do not think it is the best alternative, but for us we add it into our diets sometimes since we have life threatening food allergies (dairy and egg) and other issues … so that would be a nice alternative as well, but I would stick with a high quality whey or brown rice or egg.

  8. I’m so glad you liked these truffles from my Real Sustenance guest post. :)

  9. Thanks fro sharing this at Simple Lives Thursday. I was looking for a recipe that uses Almond butter and this looks so easy and yummy to make. Besides I have all the ingredients at home.

    Have a great happy day!

    Mely

  10. I love how healthy these are, yet they would still satisfy my sweet tooth.

    I’d like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/12/peanut-butter-cup-caramel-bars/

  11. Clever use of healthy ingredients–in a cute little ball of yum! Thanks for linking this creative recipe to Food on Fridays!

  12. Amazing, a healthy Truffle, wow these look delicious. I will have to try your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  13. How wonderful – a truffle recipe that is full of good for you things! Your truffles look really delicious – thank you for sharing them with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

  14. Your truffles look marvelous! I love that they are naturally gluten-free. I will be sharing a link to this post on my highlights from the Hearth and Soul Hop tonight.

  15. My husband is a big almond butter fan. We have several jars in the kitchen. I might make some of these to use it up. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  16. TRUFFLES REVIEW- Don’t know if i did something but my mixture was very crumbly.I had a hard time forming balls.The texture was not smooth at all, kind of grainy.Taste was tolerable considering its healthy.

    • Kathy, which kind of sweetener did you use? If granulated, did you add the additional water as recommended? Maybe try adding just a tad of water regardless. Let me know :-).

    • Mine did the same thing. I also used coconut flour. I ended up adding more almond butter and then just kept adding water until they stuck together. All in all my boyfriend liked them so I will make them again. I will probably try the chopped coconut next time and maybe some other extract flavors, like almond.

  17. I used brown sugar and added the water. I’ll probably try to use less coconut flour next time.My husband later told me he liked them and i think they got better with standing overnight.

    • Hi Kathy. Glad to hear you liked them better the next day. The only other thing I can think of is – did you dissolve the sweetener in the water? I don’t think it could be the coconut flour quality since I just used ground coconut as I didn’t have coconut flour on hand. ??

  18. Adrienne, yes i dissolved the sugar in the water.I’ll try making them again with ground coconut instead of flour and see if that makes a difference.

  19. In my experience ground coconut is not really a straight substitute for coconut flour. True coconut flour is much, much more absorbent then finely ground coconut and needs a lot more liquid. I made these with honey and maple syrup and had to add almost a 1/2 cup of water to get them to stick together. Next time I make them I will go use equal quantities of coconut flour and almond butter and see how that works.

    • Rebecca, you are right that in general ground coconut is not a good substitute for coconut flour. But since this is not a baking recipe and it worked for me, I recommended it as an option I’ll have to give it another run to see – I haven’t made them in awhile. Now I have coconut flour in my pantry so I can try it that way too :-). I have a friend whose daughter loved these and I was hoping to bless her with some anyway :-).

  20. Ahhhh…hating myself for coming across this page:(
    At a time when I am trying my best to curb my sugar cravings & cut down on my sugar intake.
    How I hate you for tempting me into sinful stuff!
    $%^&*()(*&^%

  21. Do you have a ball park figure of how many these make? Not sure if I should whip up a double batch! Thanks! Also, is that 4 tablespoons of pure stevia powder (seems like a lot). Or, do you suggest liquid stevia?

  22. Okay, but how much granulated pure steia extract? I think 9 tablespoons is quite a bit. I also have liquid stevia if that is easier for your to convert.
    Thanks! You help so many people!!!!

    • Stevia extract is a powder so you would only use 4-5 scoops (I think I put that in the recipe.) I tend not to use drops in my recipes as I am not as well-versed in them. Typically 1 scoop of stevia extract is equivalent to about 2 T of sweetener. I’ll put a link in the post to the powder I use. :).

  23. MamaCassi says:

    tried this recipe w/ coconut flour and it rolled into balls, though was a little crumbly (used honey as a sweetener) but is very very dry and sticks in the throat. great w/ Earl Grey tea! i would add more fat next time to get the texture better. i’m thinking of trying coconut oil in addition to everything else. I think ground coconut (my choice) would work better than the coconut flour, but coconut flour is what I had on hand and I wanted to follow the recipe exactly the first time.

    Since the coconut flour has less fat, maybe adding fat would be the solution. I rolled mine in cinnamon, then some in nutmeg and others in allspice.

    Glad to have a quick food on hand for the tired mama who doesn’t always stop to eat and make enough food for herself!

  24. I tried these but they were so dry. Did I miss something? I had to add coconut oil and water and they still seem dry. Suggestions?

    • Hmmm…did you follow the recipe exactly? I haven’t had that problem unless my nut or seed butter was particularly dry. How was yours? Good to hear from you :)!