By Isadora Baum
When you want something sweet, you might think of a chocolate chip cookie or brownie. But when it’s warm outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and bake a dessert from scratch. The mix of the heat and the time it takes to cook makes getting that sweet treat less appealing, for sure. Luckily, you can make a few no-bake truffles that will satisfy that sugar craving in a perfectly portioned size, too.
And you can make a big batch at once to have on hand for desserts throughout the week. Whether you’re in the mood for a chocolate truffle or a carrot cake option with delicious spices, there are so many options to choose from. Here are 5 great no-bake truffle ideas you’ll want to have around all summer long.
These 10-minute truffles are rich in taste and only require seven ingredients. You can use dates for some natural sweetness, unsweetened cacao powder for its antioxidants and flavor, and cashew butter and almond flour for those healthy fats and protein to fill you up.
Made with dates and vanilla for natural flavor and walnuts for good fat, these bliss balls are bite-sized and easy to make. Plus, there’s cinnamon to help balance blood sugar, ginger for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as reishi mushroom, an adaptogen for alleviating stress and increasing energy levels.
These no-bake bites are ready in 30 minutes. And they are gluten and dairy free, so they work for many dietary preferences. They’re soft and chewy, with an abundance of flavor, thanks to coconut and chocolate chips. The almond or peanut butter helps them stick together and provides good fat and protein, and cinnamon coconut sugar offers a unique sweet and spicy kick.
Cookie dough can be high in fat and sugar, but these no-bake cookie dough truffles are low in sweeteners and paleo, so you can feel great eating them. They taste just like real cookie dough but without eggs, dairy or grains. Use coconut sugar as the sweetener. They’re done in 20 minutes, which is pretty quick as well.
Carrot cake can cost you a couple hundred calories and grams of sugar and fat, but these truffles have all the flavors of traditional carrot cake you crave but in a lightened up and portion sized bite. Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free and paleo, they work for various diets, and they’re sweetened with dates and maple syrup. Roast the pumpkin seeds in a pan before grinding them up to intensify the aroma.