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Crunchy almond butter truffles

Basically everything that’s good in the world. These little balls of chocolate perfection are free of added sugars, gluten-free, and contain the perfect amount of crunch. These would make awesome holiday gifts in cute little tins, or the perfect accompaniment to your holiday cookie assortment.

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 

Let’s start off the day with a little chocolate, shall we?

Crunchy almond butter truffles

Crunchy, Creamy, CHOCOLATEY

Just yesterday, I was thinking about how it’s been a while since I made a mind-blowing dessert for the blog. I was like “this has gotta change” and blitzed into the kitchen in a sweets-crazed fury. I knew I wanted it to be something crunchy, creamy, and coated in chocolate. When the fam heard me playing Hamilton without singing along, they knew it was serious business.

And boom. This creation was everything I’d had in mind, and I’m SO PUMPED to share this recipe with you.

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Chocolate almond butter crunch truffles in a bowl

A Healthier Holiday Treat

This recipe combines creamy almond butter, raw honey, crispy rice cereal, and (of course) chocolate.

Ingredients

Just make your balls:

almond butter balls

Dip:

Chocolate almond butter crunch truffles

and eat. I mean share with your friends for the holiday season! (After you make a batch for yourself.)

They’re naturally gluten-free, and there’s no added refined sugar. We’ll just ignore the sugar that’s in the dark chocolate, mmm k? It’s basically a salad.

Melted chocolate

I used half a bag of chocolate chips for the coating, which ended up being the perfect amount. I did give P a small taste of the chocolate and it rocked.her.world.

Here’s the super simple recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Chocolate almond butter crunch truffles

Crunchy almond butter truffles
Are you looking for a healthier but still delicious option for holiday cookies? These are a decadent holiday treat without added refined sugars. Crunchy almond butter truffles are coated with rich chocolate, and have an awesome crunch from puffed rice cereal with the perfect amount of sweetness. You need these in your life.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz almond butter (they runny almond butter, from a fresh jar, works best)
  2. 1/4 cup raw honey (this is thicker in texture. You could use regular honey, but rolling them may be a little stickier)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  5. Pinch of sea salt
  6. 2 cups puffed rice cereal (for even more of an intense chocolate flavor, use chocolate rice cereal)
For the chocolate coating
  1. 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. Sprinkles or cacao nibs for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, honey, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla, and mix until smooth and fluffy. Gently stir in the rice cereal.
  2. Using a melon ball scooper and your hands, roll the mixture into balls, and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Place the balls in the fridge while you prep the chocolate.
  4. In a double-boiler, melt the chocolate chips until smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  5. Gently place each ball in the chocolate, and use a fork to lightly coat with chocolate. Place each chocolate-coated truffle back on the cookie sheet. Garnish with sprinkles and/or cacao nibs.
  6. Place in the fridge to set, about 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. These would also be fantastic with white chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate. You could also add mini chocolate chips into the almond butter mixture! The possibilities are ENDLESS.
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Please let me know what you think!

What’s your all-time favorite holiday treat? I have a hard time choosing, but this year I”m looking forward to Mexican wedding cookies and egg nog.

xoxo

Gina

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21 Comments

  1. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on December 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

    These are the perfect recipe! I love recipes that you can make quickly with few ingredients, and are meant to share! (Thus the 2-ingredient apple cider mimosas on my blog today, ha!)

    I can’t wait to make these for the family over the holidays!

    XO, Jessica
    http://www.semisweettooth.com

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

      apple cider mimosas?! YES PLEASE

  2. Nathaly @NathyCure on December 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

    These looks absolutely delicious!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

      please let me know if you try them!

  3. Pippa on December 5, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I loved this entire post! Except ya know, for the whole “share with friends” part… 😛

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      it’s optional 😉

  4. Karlie on December 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Oh yum I want to make these right now! basically a salad.. i agree

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      let me know if you give them a try!

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Yummy! I actually have truffles on my mind right now as I pick out my ganache order. My girlfriends and I are getting together this weekend to make a big batch! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      that sounds like so much fun!

  6. Janelle on December 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

    “basically a salad” hahaha <3

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

      😉

  7. Tracy on December 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Yum!! How many balls did the recipe make?

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

      it made about 12 large ones

  8. Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe on December 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’m totally trying these!!! They look soooo good!!!!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      let me know how they turn out!

  9. Amy on December 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you, thank you! I have a cookie exchange party on Friday and wanted something a little different, yet easy to make. These will definitely be one of my contributions to the party!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      perfect!! i hope you love them as much as we do!

  10. July on December 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    mmm so yummy, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  11. Guest on December 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Made tonight’ for my boys and tried one. Amazing! I used mini choc chips and choc krispies inside like you said. Wow! THEy will love. Yay!!

  12. Joanna on February 9, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I made these and they were amazing!! I used white chocolate almond bark because that was all I had and I can’t stop eating them!! Any ideas on how to get the balls to be stickier so I don’t have to coat in chocolate? I’d like to experiment so these be a good afternoon snack instead of a dessert.

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