These healthy chocolate peppermint truffles are a no-bake dessert for the holiday season! The fudgy bite-sized balls are packed with dates, cocoa, and a dash of peppermint extract. They’re coated in dark chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes, making them a delicious treat for Christmas. Vegan, gluten-free, and so easy to make!
Have you enjoyed a candy cane yet this holiday season? Yeah, me neither. I must admit, they’re pretty boring on their own. But have you ever tried incorporating them into a sweet, fudgy, chocolate-filled treat? Now that is something to rave about! These chocolate peppermint truffles bring the candy cane experience to new heights. They’re anything but boring, if I must say so myself.
This dessert is a festive twist on one of my most popular recipes: the classic No Bake Brownie Bites. We’ll use the same ingredients for these truffles, but add a dash of peppermint extract to achieve a minty flavor. They’re also covered in rich dark chocolate with crushed candy canes on top. Essentially, it’s the Christmas version of the brownie bites!
These chocolate peppermint truffles are:
- Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free
- Soft, chewy, chocolatey, and satisfying
- Quick and easy // ready in 25 minutes
- Naturally sweetened with dates // no refined sugar
- Great for gifting, sharing, or any holiday gathering
- A healthy dessert that’s perfect for Christmas
- Nuts: We’ll use a combination of walnuts and almonds. Both nuts are packed with healthy fats, like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
- Dates: Instead of refined sugar, these peppermint balls are sweetened with medjool dates.
- Cocoa powder: Cocoa powder (or cacao powder) is used to create the rich chocolate flavor.
- Coconut oil: A small amount of coconut oil is required for both the truffles and chocolate coating. You can either use refined coconut oil or unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is flavorless and odorless, so I recommend that variety.
- Peppermint extract: A dash of pure peppermint extract adds a minty flavor.
- Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate coats the peppermint-flavored truffles. Use your favorite kind. Dairy-free semisweet or milk chocolate works too.
- Candy canes: Each truffle is garnished with crushed candy canes. This not only provides extra peppermint flavor, but it also gives the truffles a festive appearance!
How to make healthy chocolate peppermint truffles
For the full ingredients list and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card below.
First, combine the walnuts, almonds, medjool dates, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, coconut oil, and salt in a food processor. Process the ingredients until a nearly smooth, sticky dough forms. You should be able to pinch the mixture together with your hands.
Then, use a mini cookie scoop or tablespoon to form the dough into 15 rounds. Roll the dough into balls and set aside.
Next, prepare the chocolate coating. Combine dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Alternatively, combine the ingredients in a double boiler on the stove.
Line a plate with parchment paper. Dip each peppermint truffle inside the melted chocolate, tapping off any excess chocolate. Place on the parchment paper. Repeat until all of the truffles are coated. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Place the peppermint truffles in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!
Adjust the peppermint extract to your preference. The intensity of peppermint extract can vary depending on the brand. I recommend adjusting the amount to your own taste. One teaspoon should be plenty, but feel free to add more as needed.
Not a fan of candy canes? No worries! There are several other ways to decorate these holiday truffles. Once the chocolate sets, you can add a drizzle of white chocolate over the top. Other great ideas include Christmas sprinkles, cacao nibs, or coconut shreds.
Store the truffles in a sealed container. You can keep them at room temperature or stored inside the refrigerator. They will also last up to 3 months in the freezer.
More vegan Christmas recipes
- Vegan Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Frosted Gingerbread Cookie Bars (Vegan)
- Peppermint Mocha Donuts
- Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies
- No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
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These chocolate peppermint truffles are an easy no-bake dessert for the holiday season! The soft, chewy, and fudgy truffles are packed with dates, cocoa, and a dash of peppermint extract. They are covered in rich dark chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes. Vegan, gluten-free, and a delicious treat for Christmas!
- 1 cup walnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- 13 large medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 candy canes, crushed
- Prepare the peppermint truffles: Combine walnuts, almonds, medjool dates, coconut oil, peppermint extract, and salt in a food processor. Process ingredients until a sticky dough is formed. You should be able to pinch the mixture together with your hands.
- Roll the dough: Use a mini cookie scoop or tablespoon to form the dough into 15 rounds. Roll each round of dough into a ball. Set aside and prepare the chocolate coating.
- Prepare the chocolate coating: Combine dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between, until the chocolate is melted. (Alternatively, combine the ingredients in a double boiler until melted.)
- Coat truffles in chocolate: Line a plate with parchment paper. Dip each peppermint truffle in the melted chocolate, tapping off any excess. Place on the parchment paper and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.
- Chill: Place truffles in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until the chocolate sets. Enjoy!
- Store the chocolate peppermint truffles in a sealed container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. For long term storage, place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1 truffle
- Calories: 208
- Sugar: 17g
- Fat: 13g
- Carbohydrates: 23g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 4g
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