High Calorie Healthy Snack: Oriental Truffles

High calorie, healthy snack: Oriental Truffels

In the recipe category of  ‘high calorie, healthy snacks’ these truffles really take the cake. The total prep time is under 10 minutes and you can make huge batches that you can store in the freezer. If your idea of bulking is force feeding rice, these sweetly exotic balls will show you that bulking can and should be awesome.

Tip: at nearly exactly 100 calories per truffle, these truffles are very easy to dose and fit into your daily macros. So, don’t take more out of the freezer than you need. It will take Spartan will power not to eat all of them otherwise.



Taste                        ••••• 5/5
Ease of Preparation•••• 4/5 – Suitable for bulk preparation and long term storage.
Health •••• 4/5
Budget                  •••• 4/5


Ingredients & Macros

High Calorie Snack Oriental Truffles Macros

Note that all of the ingredients can be bought in bulk and stored almost indefinitely. Beware of storing opened packages of dates for more than a week though. They’ll get dry like a nun’s… ahem.


Key Health Benefits

  •  Rich in magnesium, copper and manganese.
  • 2 grams of fiber per truffle.
  • High in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), one of the healthiest kinds of fat that increases your metabolism and boosts your immune system [1]. Combined with the high fiber content and the mono-unsaturated fat in the cashew nuts, the net amount of calories per truffle is thus actually considerably lower than 114. For the sake of simplicity, you can use 100 calories per truffle.




High calorie, healthy snack recipe: Oriental Truffels preparation step 1


  •  Put 3 table spoons (15 g) of dessicated coconut on a plate and make your hands a little wet. This prevents the mixture from sticking to your hands. Make small even balls (about 1 inch / 2,5 cm in diameter) and roll them into the coconut on the plate.


High calorie, healthy snack recipe: Oriental Truffels preparation step 2


  • Depending on when you want to eat them, you now have several options. Can’t wait? You can eat them straightaway, but they’re much better if you put them in the freezer for 20 minutes first. The honey will create an awesome soft-crunchy texture. After 20 minutes in the freezer, they’re ready for consumption or storage in the fridge. You can keep the truffles in the fridge for at least a week. If you want to store them longer than that, keep them in the freezer. You’ll have to let them defrost in or out of the fridge before eating them then.


High calorie, healthy snack recipe: Oriental Truffels on Plate



1. Marten, B., Pfeuffer, M., & Schrezenmeir, J. (2006). Medium-chain triglycerides. International Dairy Journal, 16(11), 1374-1382.


  1. Ray says:

    looks tasty, got any diet recipes as well?

  2. Ivan says:

    I have made this recipe yesterday. They taste absolutely great! Very easy to make too. This is gonna be my go to snack.

  3. DennisRitchie says:

    looks tasty and convenient, too bad those ingredients are so expensive here in Canada, lol. Menno what are your thoughs on synthetic vs natural source vitamins? (e.g. cyanocobalamin vs methylcobalamin if one does not eat a lot of meat, etc.)

    • Synthetic ones are not worse per se, but bioavailability will almost invariably be lower due to lack of synergistic nutrients. If you consume your vitamins along with mixed meals, this will improve bioavailability and this is what I recommend if you don’t meet your target intakes using whole foods.

  4. So my mom keeps talking about how,
    “Unless the honey is raw, it’s just sugar! It only has medicinal properties if it’s raw! If it doesn’t say it’s not raw on the container, it is NOT raw and is just worthless sugar stripped of all benefit!”
    Now, she tends to be biased towards “all natural/non processed” in the same way many strength trainees are biased with the supplement companies bogus claims. And I’m more tired of the “all
    natural/processed/organic/non-GMO/chemicals we can’t pronounce are teh ebil!” crowd than Casey Butt is of supplement company brand bogosity…I figured I’d ask you, as you seem to really know your stuff.

    Is raw honey really better than non-raw? And does it matter if it says so on the container? My dad just got me a pound of local honey, and I figured now was as good a time as any other to ask.

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