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Chocolate Chili Truffles

chocolate chili truffles paleo candy recipe
You heard it right. Chili powder in your chocolate.

For those of you that don’t like to spice things up, read no further. For the rest of you, I have this delicious vegan chocolate truffle, that you just might find yourself addicted to, especially in the cold weather.

These chocolate chili truffles are perfect for a slightly spicy Valentine’s Day.

I hope you are all enjoying my latest string of recipes, including this heart healthy treat. Recently, my site climbed into the top 20 in the Wellsphere.com health blogger award competition. Wellsphere is a great clearinghouse for healthy lifestyle blogs. If you feel moved to do so, please stop over there and give your vote.

Chocolate Chili Truffles


  1. In a large saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat
  2. Stir in agave, chili, almond extract and coconut milk
  3. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or until mixture is about the consistency of a thick frosting
  4. Scoop mixture into balls and set aside on a parchment paper lined plate or baking sheet
  5. Combine the almonds and cacao powder in a shallow bowl
  6. Roll the truffle balls in the almond-cacao mixture
  7. Serve

Makes 10-12 truffles

I based these spicy little truffles on a recipe from The Spice House, though theirs had several ingredients that I shy away from.  You can try this with any of your favorite fun flavor combinations.

Store on a plate on the counter for up to 5 days.

posted on January 27, 2009, 28 comments

  1. Emily

    Chocolate yumminess x10! Wow! Yum yum.
    Congrats on being in the top 20 in the Wellsphere health blogger competition! My vote went to you!! You deserve it, thanks for all the exciting healthy and wholesome yumminess you continue to share Elana :-)
    p.s. I hope you tried the kale salad combo I shared with you, it is indeed tasty

  2. gfe--gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Truffles were already on my menu for Valentine’s Day menu, but not chili ones. Now I know I need to make two kinds … my guests will be very happy thanks to you, Elana!

    Just placed my vote!

  3. Abigail

    I have to mention that I really adore that good chocolate starts out low carb :D There is nothing I need to do to reduce the sugar enough for me to have a truffle! Thank you Elana!

  4. Beth


    These sound awesome!
    Another great recipe for me to try.


  5. These sound so interesting, and very tasty. I love spicing things up. I just sent in my vote, good luck!

  6. Laurinda

    Lindt Chocolates makes a dark bar with chili in it & it’s FABULOUS! It was the first dark chocolate bar I ever enjoyed. It doesn’t taste like pepper, but it does have the heat. I can’t wait to try these! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. Elana,

    This recipe looks awesome! I love your website and find many of your recipes very inspiring. We are gluten and dairy free at our house and I spend a lot of effort on figuring out how to cook healthfully. Your recipes are a great help and inspiration.

    Thank you. Irina (Belmont, MA)

  8. This looks incredible: chocolate with coconut milk. I will do it for sure, thanks a lot.

  9. The truffles look fantastic! I’ve started becoming a big fan of chili’s with chocolate. I love a little heat with the chocolate flavor.

  10. Emily -Thank you! I have yet to try your kale salad combo, though I will be sure to do so. I’m really enjoying all of your comments.

    VeggieGirl -Thanks :-)

    Shirly -You are very welcome!

    Abigail -I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for your comment.

    Beth -I hope you like them!

    Hayley -Thanks for the vote!

    Laurinda -I haven’t tried the Lindt chocolate bar you speak of, though it sounds delicious. You’re most welcome!

    Irina -Thank you so much! Glad to be of help to you and your family :-)

    cdecocina -It’s funny, I use coconut milk in place of heavy cream in this recipe, it doesn’t really add flavor, just smooth, rich texture. If you do want coconut flavor you may want to try incorporating unrefined coconut oil.

    Sara -Me too!

  11. These look and sound delicious…I’m a big fan of Vosges chocolate with cinnamon and chilis!
    I love combinations of chocolate and spices…Will definetly give these a try ;).

  12. Alchemille,

    So great to hear from you and I hope you are very well :-) Thanks for stopping by!

    xo Elana

  13. Elyse

    I made these for my honey on Valentine’s Day and they were a big hit! I thought about trying them next time with a dash of cayenne for those of us who crave a bit of extra heat. Central Market actually makes a cayenne roasted almond and I experimented with rolling the truffle with the cayenne almonds, but I think that it would be better in the chocolate mixture itself. Thanks as always for the simple yet delicious treats! I was treated like a gourmet-candy-making goddess yesterday!

  14. Elyse,

    Thanks for your sweet and spicy comment! I’ve actually tried this with cayenne when I wanted a little more heat and it’s delicious.


  15. Audrey Jensen

    5 Days! These wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house!

  16. Susan Shaver

    Well, I just went to the site you mentioned that had the contest for top health site. I do not know how they won. The very first recipe I clicked on http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-living-article/quinoa-couscous-salad-recipe-healthy-recipes/372590 did not even have the recipe in it! It talked about quinoa and described the salad a bit, but no recipe! Elana – your site is so much better. It always has what I look for. I sent them an email just now to tell them so if anyone checks they will hopefully have fixed it. I didn’t even bother to look at the rest of their site.

    I love your site and recipes Elana

  17. Mah-rya

    Hi! Has anyone tried freezing these? They look fantastic! I want to serve them at an upcoming party, and am trying to get some dishes prepped and frozen ahead of time (with 3 small children life can get interesting…:-)

    Just wondering if these freeze well, or if I should wait until closer to the party. Thanks for any ideas!

  18. sarah linde


    Your truffle recipes look so great. I was thinking about making some of them and putting them in a decorated jar as a christmas present…how long do you think these would be able to be in a container after they were made? Or do they need to stay frozen? Thanks for your help!

  19. Sumitra

    Another fabulous recipe!
    Thank you for sharing, dear Elana.
    I have to tell you that you have changed my life.
    I love cooking, but I have always been very careful about baking and making anything sweet.
    YOU have changed this completely!
    And the best part is that everything always turns out so beautifully.
    I’m telling everyone about you, as they taste one delicious treat after the other and ask me ‘What’s in this? It’s SO good!’
    Thanks a million, love and blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season!

  20. dee m.

    hello Elana.. I just love browsing your website.. hmmm Chocolate Chili Truffles.. I was just introduced to Chili Dark Chocolate earlier this year.. I am in love! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I will be having a house full over the holidays.. can’t wait to lay a few of these babies out on my goodie trays.. thank you.. :)

  21. Loni

    Elana, the link to your chocolate chips is not working. I think you normally use Dagoba, correct? I can’t find an ingredient list for the Dagoba and am wondering if they are dairy free before I buy them. Can you please let me know? Thank you!

    BTW, I used to get curry truffles from a woman in Madison, WI. They were fabulous and with the coconut milk in this one, I’ll bet curry or Garam Masala would be great in this recipe. I’ll let you know when I try it!

  22. mylinda

    These look so good. I am so glad I found your website, I’m making these as well as the six layer cake and the chocolate cake with chocolate icing for my sons 1st birthday. I hope everything turns out great. You are so clever and creative with your recipes. I don’t know how you do it!
    Thanks so much

  23. mylinda

    Made these last night they turned out great. I doubled the recipe because I’m making them for a party. Thanks alot

  24. OMG, these look amazeballs! Literally!

    I’ve got a huge bag of almond meal to use, I reckon I’ll give these a crack and start putting it to good use!

  25. paleo plus one @ paleoplusone.com

    these were spectacular! somehow the chili and almond extract complimenting each other perfectly. i like a smooth truffle, so i didn’t use the crushed almonds. next time i’ll try rolling in cocoa powder and a bit of sea salt. you are a genius, elana! you haven’t failed me yet :)

  26. Valentine gift ideas @ dinwiddiesboutique.com

    What! I don’t ever hear about those truffles. You know, I am confused about the taste. Is it more sweet or spicy?

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