This healthy Peppermint Truffles recipe has a rich, creamy coconut-mint filling and a dark chocolate coating. These Paleo truffles are decadent, lightly sweetened, and have a delicious mint flavor. In addition, this truffle recipe is Paleo, Vegan and can easily be made keto.
Hey, hey! You know how I love truffles...so this Paleo peppermint truffles recipe should come as no surprise!
And these homemade peppermint truffles not only taste decadent and delicious, but they have the smoothest texture AND they're healthy. Seriously, it doesn't get much better.
Peppermint Truffle Highlights
This easy truffle recipe is:
- Paleo and Vegan
- easily made keto
- gluten free & grain free
- dairy free
- lightly sweetened
- a healthy truffle recipe
These are seriously the BEST little bites of peppermint and chocolate.
Just imagine a rich, smooth peppermint filling all bundled up in a crisp, dark chocolate coating. (Brb...going to grab another truffle as just thinking about them is making me salivate!)
And a side note, if peppermint really isn't your thing...then you can leave it out and still get great tasting truffles 😉
Ingredients in Peppermint Truffles
Less than 10 ingredients are needed for these dairy free truffles. All ingredients are Paleo, Vegan, dairy free and gluten free.
Here's what you need:
For the Filling
- coconut cream
- almond butter
- cacao butter
- maple syrup (or any liquid sweetener)
- vanilla extract
- peppermint flavoring
For the Coating
- dark chocolate
- coconut oil or cacao butter (optional)
- naturally colored sprinkles
I don't recommend any ingredient swaps, except that the maple syrup can be subbed with any other liquid sweetener. For instance, using a maple flavored syrup in place of the maple syrup would be a good keto alternative.
The mixture of almond butter, coconut cream and cacao butter is necessary for getting the right filling texture. These three ingredients make a filling that is smooth and thick, and that hardens in the fridge but slightly softens at room temperature.
I know cacao butter isn't a pantry staple for a lot of people, but if you make your own chocolates or protein bars then I highly recommend buying some. I use it when making pumpkin protein bars, Andes mint chocolates and birthday cake protein bars. Healthworks cacao butter is my personal favorite.
The vanilla extract, peppermint flavoring and salt are needed for optimal taste. Any of these three ingredients can be omitted, but I highly recommend keeping them. Also note, I used peppermint flavoring, not peppermint extract or essential oil. If using an extract or oil, then be sure to adjust quantity to taste.
How to Make Peppermint Truffles
These peppermint truffles do take a bit of time to make (because you have to let the filling set), BUT they are super easy! You can't mess up 😉
Here's the step by step process for how to make these no bake peppermint truffles.
Make the filling
First, melt the coconut cream and cacao butter on the stove top. Place them in a small sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring frequently.
Once fully melted, add the remaining filling ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
Place the filling in the fridge overnight. The filling needs to be set enough to scoop into balls using a small cookie scoop.
When the filling is ready, scoop it into balls using a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon in size). Set the filling balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Freeze the filling balls for at least 30 minutes.
Make the Coating
Next, make the chocolate coating. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil (or cacao butter) in a small saucepan, over low heat.
Dip the fillings (one at a time) into the melted chocolate and place back on the lined baking sheet. If find this easiest to do by using a fork to dip the filling, then letting the excess chocolate drip back into the pan before placing the truffle on the baking sheet.
Once all of the fillings are coated in chocolate, you may drizzle any leftover chocolate onto the truffles and add sprinkles. (Note: the chocolate sets quickly so be quick when placing on the sprinkles.)
I topped these dairy free peppermint truffles with naturally colored, festive sprinkles. (Not 100% Paleo, but healthy as far as sprinkles go.)
Toppings are completely optional, but fun and festive!
How to Store Peppermint Truffles
These truffles can be kept at room temperature for a couple hours, but are definitely best stored in the fridge (or freezer for long term storage). They will last well up to two weeks in the fridge.
More Paleo & Vegan Truffle Recipes
If you love this peppermint truffles recipe, be sure to check out these other reader favorites (all Paleo and Vegan):
- Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles
- Turmeric & Cinnamon Caramels
- Mexican Chocolate Truffles
- Coconut Pecan Chocolates
Healthy Paleo and Vegan Peppermint Truffles with a rich, creamy peppermint filling and a dark chocolate coating.
- 1 cup coconut cream*
- ⅓ cup almond butter (no-stir, unsalted, unsweetened)
- 1 oz cacao butter
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or any liquid sweetener)**
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp peppermint flavoring
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate
- ½ Tbsp coconut oil (or cacao butter)***
- naturally colored sprinkles
- Make the filling: melt coconut cream and cacao butter in a small sauce pan, over low heat. Stir frequently until fully melted.
- Remove from heat and whisk in remaining filling ingredients. Refrigerate filling overnight.
- Remove the filling from the fridge and use a small cookie scoop to scoop the filling. (Each filling is about 1 tablespoon in size, making 27 truffles.)
- Freeze filling for 30 minutes to harden.
- Make the coating: melt dark chocolate and coconut oil over low heat, stirring frequently.
- Dip the frozen fillings (one at a time) into the melted chocolate. Place back on the lined baking sheet to set.
- Topping (optional): drizzle remaining dark chocolate over truffles and add sprinkles****
*just the cream from a can of full fat coconut milk (will need 1-2 cans depending on the brand)
**Use a sugar free sweetener for keto
***this makes the chocolate coating runnier and easier for dipping
****Note: the chocolate hardens quickly, so add sprinkles before chocolate has a chance to set.
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