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Best Vegan Recipe for Rum Balls (No Bake, Sugar-free)

An easy no-bake recipe for rum balls that is amazingly fudgy but secretly healthy thanks to hidden black beans. Low in calories, sugar-free, dairy-free but high in protein and fiber, these best vegan chocolate rum truffles make for a great Christmas holiday treat. They taste boozy but are non-alcoholic. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword no bake rum balls, rum balls without rum, vegan rum balls recipe
Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30 -35
Calories 70 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


For the truffles

  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk, warmed or almond milk, or coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans cooked, - you can use canned. Rinse and let dry well.
  • 3 tsp Stevia 14 g
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder 30 g
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • rum aroma / rum essence see recommendations in post
  • 2 tbsps almond butter or 1 heaping tbsps

For the chocolate glaze

  • 11/2 - 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chopped


  1. Stir warmed milk and espresso powder together until the powder has dissolved. 

  2. Blend all ingredients in your food processor until thick and smooth. The texture should be rather thick. Do not add any more liquid. 

  3. Chill mixture for 2 hours, then roll truffles using a heaping tsp per truffle. Place truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler and dip the chilled truffles into the chocolate using 2 forks. Tap off excess chocolate and return to the lined sheet. If chocolate has cooled too much, reheat.

  5. Refrigerate your chocolate rum balls about 10 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Remove from the fridge a couple of minutes before serving or enjoy chilled. 

Recipe Notes

  • If you want to boost the protein content, add some chocolate protein powder.  Just remember to keep the truffles vegan, you must use a vegan chocolate protein powder such as Vega.
  • Feel free to coat the rum truffles in whatever you'd like. Shredded coconut, ground nuts, cocoa powder, chocolate! 
  • To avoid tummy troubles, cook beans from scratch and soak your dried beans in water before cooking! Ideally overnight, but at least for a few hours. Soaking your beans helps to remove some of the compounds that are responsible for the bean bloat.
  • If the truffle dough seems too sticky and wet, add a bit of extra black beans if you have some, or add in more cacao powder. A couple of tbsps of coconut flour would also work. 
  • If you use canned beans, make sure to rinse them and let them dry very well.
  • I recommend you use dried beans and cook them yourself prior to using them. This will help cut the cost too.
  • Want to give your truffles as a food gift? Especially if the recipient will need to travel with them, it’s a thoughtful touch to put each truffle in a mini decorative baking cup. This looks pretty and will also help the vegan rum truffles stay separated