Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles by Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer) Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you still don’t know what to whip up for your sweetie tonight, I have just the thing you might be craving. Yes, it involves chocolate. Yes, it involves quinoa. Yes, it’s super healthy. And yes, you can make it in about five minutes.

Do you have any other excuse not to make these to-die-for dark chocolate quinoa truffles? I don’t think so! It’s time to tempt that special some with some super chocolatey.

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles by Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer) When it comes to truffles, I’m all about the texture. You know the Lindtt chocolate commercial, Do You Dream in Chocolate?, where the whole commercial is decadent, melty chocolate? Where the chocolatier stirs a vat of melted chocolate, where the last shot is that little round ball filled to the brim with a creamy chocolate center?

That’s what I look for in a truffle. To me that’s magic.
Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles by Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer) I must admit, I can’t quite promise these chocolate quinoa truffles resemble the ones I swoon over on TV, but they are close. With a hard chocolate shell, that cracks when you take a bite, and a luscious, gooey center, you’ll still be transported to chocolate heaven.

But there’s one major difference between my decadent chocolate quinoa truffles and those outrageously tasty Lindtt chocolates. These truffles are healthy! These chocolates are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, but still taste delicious. Not to mention they’re vegan and refined sugar-free too!

So if you want to indulge on this extra special day (with your one and only by your side), but don’t want to throw your week of workouts out the window, then pull out your food processor and let’s start making truffles!
Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles by Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)


Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 10 - 12 balls


    For the truffles:
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 – 1½ teaspoon stevia powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (maple syrup or agave would also work)
  • For the chocolate coating:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon stevia powder
  • Sea salt (optional as a garnish)


  1. Add the dates to a food processor fit with the steel blade and process until finely chopped. Add the remaining dry ingredients and process until incorporated.
  2. Add the almond butter and process until combined. Slowly add the honey into the top of the food processor, while the machine is on, and mix until a thick dough forms.
  3. Scoop the dough from the bowl and roll into 1-inch balls with your hand. Cool in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
  4. While the truffles are cooling, whip up your chocolate coating by adding all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing until a chocolate syrup forms.
  5. Remove the chocolate balls from the fridge and dunk / roll them in the melted chocolate sauce. Place them on a wire rack to set, and sprinkle with with salt, then transfer them to a parchment lined plate and refrigerate until the chocolate has set, anther half hour or so.
  6. Store these truffles in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.
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Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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25 Responses to Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles

  1. Julia says:

    Healthy truffles, you just tickle me pink!! I love these gorgeous little guys and would pop them in my mouth all day without feeling an ounce of guilt! I’ll have to feed them to my boyfriend and have him guess the magic ingredients ;)

  2. gb says:

    yum yum truffles every day please

  3. Alisa says:

    Quinoa in truffles? What will you think of next?!

  4. Lisa says:

    Yum Yum YUM, i think ill have to make these tonight! :)

  5. Marya says:

    These are brilliant! And bring on that quinoa cheesecake recipe, please! =)
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    • Thanks Marya! They really were delicious. I’m working on the cheesecake recipe – it came out really amazing, but I think I could add a little more quinoa to make it even healthier. Goat cheese and lemon is my flavor combo. Yummo!

  6. Cara says:

    Yum! I know what you mean about the texture. But as much as I love silky smooth, a little chewier is good too. I bet these are delish!

  7. Luschka says:

    Hi! Could I use something else other than flax seed flour? (Allergies) Like for example coconut flour? Thanks!

    • Hi Luschka – Unfortunately, I don’t think that coconut flour would work, but you could give it a try! You could replace the flax with any other nut or seed meal, or try to add another scoop or two of protein powder, but I’m afraid that would really change the flavor. I’ll let you know if I do any more experimenting! Would love to know what you try too :)

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  16. Sinnead says:

    Can you use xylitol instead of Stevia? I find Stevia has a funny taste. If so how much would you use instead?

    • You could try it, but for the amounts vary a lot. I’m not too familiar with xylitol, but I’d suggest just going with your taste and adding as needed. You might just need to tweak the recipe slightly, but I’m sure it will work :)

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  18. Margaret says:

    What can you substitute for protein powder? Ground nuts?

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