How rare is it to find a snack recipe that tastes like a dessert? And how do you make sure it has only 4 ingredients, is ready in 3 minutes, and is vegan, gluten-free and absolutely delicious? These dense and super satisfying Chocolate Pistachio Truffles are really energy bites in disguise. They’re made with no refined sugar and the goodness of nuts and raw cacao. So you can feel great about grabbing these on the go and eating them all week long!
I love meal prepping energy bites every week so I can snack on them when I have an attack of the sweet tooth (yes, it happens to me too)! The pistachios are rich in filling protein and fiber as well as healthy fats. About 90% of the fat in pistachios is in the form of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The satisfying trio of protein, fiber and fat means you’ll stay full longer when eating these chocolate pistachio truffles. Cravings, be gone!
I had such a blast showing how to make these healthy truffles live on WGN-TV in Chicago. I created this recipe for my TV segment on Healthy Junk Food Alternatives You Can Make at Home. I got quite a few emails afterwards from viewers who made the recipe and loved it! It’s that kind of feedback that keeps me going strong.
Lunchbreak: Healthier junk food recipes
(If your craving is more of the salty/carb-heavy/greasy food variety, squash it with my healthier spin on nachos! I also shared my vegan, paleo and gluten-free Sweet Potato Nachos: Fully Loaded recipe in my WGN-TV segment).
Now back to the chocolatey goodness!!!
Get a Food Processor – You’ll Love It
If you don’t have a food processor yet, trust me, it’s time to get one. I was a skeptic too because I don’t like buying kitchen gadgets that just end up gathering dust. But this is one cooking gizmo that’s worth every penny. I use it all the time to make hummus and other dips, nice cream, frozen yogurt, energy bites, falafels, marinades, salad dressing and so much more. The slicing attachment is awesome for making vegetable chips such as zucchini chips and sweet potato chips.
Seriously, it’s a food processor is the best investment ever. It will help you eat healthier, tastier meals and save you loads of prep time.
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My first food processor was kind of flimsy so I finally upgraded and got my Breville Sous Chef Food Processor. I absolutely love it! It’s super powerful and intuitive to use. I keep it on my kitchen counter because it inspires me to create more delicious recipes.
If you’re having trouble finding pistachios that have already had the shells removed, you can order Wonderful No Shell Pistachios or Kirkland Signature Shelled Pistachios on Amazon.
Chocolate Pistachio Truffles – Vegan Gluten-Free Energy Bites
Did you make these truffles? Be sure to tag @80twentyrule and use the hashtag #80twentyrule on Instagram. I’d love to see your healthy kitchen creations!
How are those chocolate cravings doing now? Way to get them on your side!
This recipe has been added to your Meal Plan
|18 truffles||5 minutes|
- 1 cup pistachios shells removed, lightly salted
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup 100% pure, from Canada
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
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