(Note: this post was originally published on March 25, 2019. It was one of the earliest recipes on The Rogue Brussel Sprout! The photos were updated in April, 2021. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
Truffles are so pretty and decadent and special. But these truffles are unique: not only can you make them at home in half an hour, they're also secretly super nutritious. These healthy truffles are essentially a protein bar in disguise. They're deliciously sweet and indulgent, but are made of just fruit and nuts. It's truffle magic!
If you've never made truffles at home before, don't worry; this easy truffle recipe is simple and fun. The filling is totally non-traditional and it comes together in minutes in the food processor. In a lot of ways, these vegan truffles are actually much easier than making cookies, so don't let the idea of homemade truffles be overwhelming.
These cute, healthy truffles pack a major flavor punch with sweet jammy figs, crunchy nutty pistachios, and zippy fresh lemon. A thin dark chocolate coating brings those flavors together and balances the sweetness of the figs. I can't wait for you to try them!
The flavors of these lemony vegan truffles are inspired by the time Dave and I spent in Florence and in the Chianti region of Italy. Florence, or Firenze, is a magical city filled with narrow winding streets, cobblestones, arching bridges, and beautiful fresh food. During our time there, we went to the street markets every day for fresh produce, then back to our apartment to cook, drink Chianti, and have dinner on the patio. We were also hiking or walking at least 15 miles a day, so of course everything we ate tasted amazing.
Among other things, we often found ourselves eating figs and roasted pistachios, and cooking a lot with lemon. Those have always been important foods to me because I'm of Italian descent, but now the three of them together remind me so much of sitting in the sun on our patio in Firenze.
I've united all these nostalgic, springy, fresh, Italian flavors together into a delightful little package. These healthy truffles are the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and citrusy. The stickiness of the figs combined with the crunchy fig seeds and pistachios is magic. A dark chocolate shell, with its subtle bitterness and crunch, takes this easy truffle recipe over the top.
Nutritionally-speaking, this easy truffle recipe is a major win. Remember my guide to Homemade Lara Bars? The center of these vegan truffles is basically that, but in disguise. The filling is just figs, roasted pistachios, lemon zest, and the tiniest bit of maple syrup. That nourishing filling gets rolled into a ball, dipped into dark chocolate, and sprinkled with sea salt. They're easy, flavorful, and packed with good-for-you ingredients.
In case you're keeping track, that means these healthy truffles are vegan, grain-free, high in protein, and free of refined sugars (depending on the chocolate you choose). The recipe calls for a tablespoon of maple syrup since I love the decadent stickiness it provides, but you can easily leave it out if you'd prefer them to be fully fruit-sweetened.
One additional idea, which I've done before with great success. If you want to omit the chocolate (which then keeps these healthy truffles entirely fruit-sweetened), they work great as a "naked" truffle. In that case, I suggest rolling them in some unsweetened shredded coconut for a festive finish.
These adorable vegan truffles are a great homemade gift. If you're making them for an occasion, here are a few ways to help them feel extra-special:
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Aren't these adorable vegan truffles so perfect for spring? I love lemon in anything and everything this time of year. Something about pistachios feels so springy to me too; maybe its their bright green color or the fact that they go so beautifully with lemon.
Make this easy truffle recipe and share them with people you care about. They'll make the perfect gift because they seem so special but are also nourishing for the body. Or make them just for yourself, because you're special and deserve truffles every day!
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Bursting with sweet figs, crunchy pistachios, and tart lemon, these homemade vegan truffles are a spring and summer delight. They're made with just a few simple whole-food ingredients, so they're a treat you can feel good about enjoying!
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Did you make this recipe? Did you make substitutions? How did you serve it? Any helpful tips? Please share your thoughts, since these insights are really useful to both me and to other readers.
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