This gluten-free and vegan almond truffles recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam inspires others with her passion for creating healthy and delicious recipes on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with this holiday comes plenty of delectable goodies. I wanted to create a treat that you can indulge in without feeling guilty afterward, and I’m happy to say I succeeded with these almond truffles. They’re made from only all natural ingredients for a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Almond flour is one of the key ingredients in these truffles. Made from ground blanched almonds, it’s nutrient-dense and has a very fine consistency. This soft flour is an excellent source of protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E; it also provides minerals like calcium, iron and potassium. Naturally gluten-free and low in carbs, almond flour is perfect for making breads, cakes and muffins because it can be used as a direct one-to-one substitute for wheat flours.
These truffles pack a double almond punch! With the addition of almond butter, they’re truly loaded with nutty nutrition. The peanut butter alternative is a pantry staple that’s delicious on toast, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and great for making no bake truffles like these. Pitted dates help all the ingredients come together, and also lend extra fiber and potassium. They’re naturally sweet and as you’ll notice, there is no added sugar in this recipe.
To amp up the nutrient content even more, I added a tablespoon of flaxseed meal. Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber, protein, iron and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Research shows that this plant-based food source of omega-3s can be beneficial for heart and brain health. To help your body make the most of flaxseed’s concentrated source of nutrients, you should use flaxseed meal as opposed to the whole flaxseeds. You can either grind your own whole flaxseeds at home, or use pre-ground flaxseed as I have done for this recipe.
For the gorgeous pink coating, I rolled the truffles in a mixture of crushed freeze-dried raspberries and unsweetened shredded coconut. They give the treats an interesting texture and slight fruity flavor. The color is just right for Valentine’s Day so feel free to share these healthy truffles with your friends and family. I bet you can even get creative and shape them into hearts. They only take 10-15 minutes to make, so you can easily prepare them as a treat to surprise your sweetheart. I hope you enjoy my healthy almond truffles recipe!
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.