Crunchy chocolate strawberry truffles

Oh friends, do I have a dessert for you, just in time for today’s holiday.

Crispy chocolate strawberry truffles

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Any fun plans?

The Pilot and I celebrated a little early and had an amazing date night on Saturday: we went to the casino, ate at an awesome steakhouse (and shared our very favorite wine!), and gambled (<— not well, but still a ton of fun). There was a Tejano band playing, so needless to say, I was loving it.

Tonight should be a little more low-key, but I’m excited to spend the day with my little Valentines and take them on a fun adventure.

Yesterday, we made a family trip to the floral shop, and the fam picked out this amazing Valentine’s bouquet + a rose for Livi.

Valentine flowers

Flowers + chocolate are the perfect V-day (or any day?) combo, and I’m super excited to tell you about these truffles.

Crunchy Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

I made these little truffles last week, and they didn’t last 24 hours. Everything about them is perfect: they’re crunchy, sweet, and taste extremely decadent, even though they’re pretty low in sugar. Liv went crazy for them.

Crispy chocolate strawberry truffles! A delicious and lower-sugar dessert option; perfect for Valentine's Day (or any day). These are super easy to make, gluten-free and easy to make vegan.

If you’re looking for a little chocolatey treat, I’ve got you with these decadent chocolate truffles.

Crispy chocolate strawberry truffles ingredients

First you start with a creamy nut butter base (no heavy cream or fancy food processor needed for these truffles).

freeze-dried strawberries and nut butter

These dried strawberries add awesome flavor and crunch, which providing extra nutrients. You mix, put the mixture in the fridge for a little while,

Crispy chocolate strawberry truffles mix

then you roll into balls. It’s a little messy, but life is hard sometimes.

We could stop here, but to take it over the top, they need a chocolate coating (Trader Joe’s dark chocolate is our favorite).

Crispy chocolate strawberry truffles 7

Dip the balls in melted chocolate (use a small saucepan to melt the chopped chocolate over medium heat – make sure it’s completely melted), sprinkle extra dried strawberries on top, and boom.

A sweet little something for your Valentine… or yourself. Self love is important, too. 😉

Crispy chocolate strawberry truffles

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


Crunchy Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

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  • 6 oz nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, chopped (+ extra for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, combine the nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  2. Gently stir in the cacao nibs and strawberries.
  3. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to lightly set.
  4. Roll into 10-12 balls, using your hands. (Caution: it will be a little mess. Just roll with it.)
  5. Place in the fridge while you prep the chocolate. Using a double-boiler, or a glass bowl in the microwave for 30-second increments, melt the chocolate chips until smooth.
  6. Use a fork to dip each ball in the chocolate, and cover completely, before placing on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat the process for all of the truffles.
  7. Place in the fridge to set, and store covered in the fridge.

Who’s your Valentine this year?? Do you go for chocolate desserts or more ice cream/frozen fare? I always choose the chocolatiest thing on the menu.

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya soon.



PS. Exciting news: my friend Courtney and I are having a joint Usborne and Beautycounter online party this Thursday night. Check out the details here if you’d like to join us! We have some fun giveaways planned, and it’s a great way to get to know these two amazing companies.

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  1. Christina @ on February 14, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Those look so good! I have fond memories of making truffles with my mom as a little girl, but haven’t done it in so long. Also, I want to try that nut butter! I love Trader Joe’s.

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      ahhh trader joe’s is the best

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 14, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Well, I can never say no to a good piece of chocolate. P.S. I haven’t seen that nut butter at TJ’s. It must be new. Need to get my hands on that baby!

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      YES. you will love it!

  3. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on February 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Omg what a great idea!! I can’t wait to make these. They look amazing! Thanks for sharing & Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the Pilot : )

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      thank you!!

  4. Heather on February 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    these look SO good! i love the garnish on the outside of the truffles – so festive. what do you think i could put instead of cacao nibs? i have everything but those and don’t want to make another trip to the store … could i just do extra strawberries? or maybe chia seeds?

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 11:28 am

      i think you could skip them and they’d still be delicious! hemp seeds would be a fun little crunch if you have any

  5. Nathaly @NathyCure on February 14, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Oh wow that looks delicious! And those flowers are absolutely beautiful.

    Happy Valentine’s day Gina:)

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      thank you! happy heart day to you, too!

  6. Anna Becker on February 14, 2017 at 11:54 am

    These sound good, but I personally don’t like maple syrup. I’m going to try a version with stevia and/or coconut sugar and see how they turn out. Thanks.

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      coconut sugar would be amazing!

  7. Laura @FitMamaLove on February 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I love your almond butter truffles so much, I can’t wait to give these a try! The combo of strawberries and cacao nibs sounds so good!

    • Fitnessista on February 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      i hope you love them!!

  8. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on February 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

    These sound delicious! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’ve never made truffles – I had no idea they were so simple to create!

    I’m already thinking about how to create these with the ingredients we have at home. Cacao nibs: check (I’m obsessed.) Pretty much everything else: check. Except that I may have to go with mixed berries and white chocolate. But hey, may as well give it a shot, right?!

    Thanks for sharing!
    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2017 at 10:39 am

      let me know how they turn out!

  9. Tejasri on April 11, 2017 at 5:29 am

    They look so yummy , I am gona try these for sure. Best thing is I can include them with unsweetened coco and I will be including these in my diet. Thanx for sharing.

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