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Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Truffles (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar Free)


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Ingredients

  • 11 dates, pitted, soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained well (Medjool are ideal, but any dates will work)
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup 70% dark chocolate (either chips or a bar, cut into chunks)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 12 fresh raspberries, washed and dried very well

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine dates, cashews, pecans, vanilla, and salt; process until all ingredients form a sticky ball, about 2 – 3 minutes. Roll date mixture into a ball in your hands, then press it flat into a disc, place one raspberry in the center and fold date mixture around it so the raspberry is completely covered. Roll gently into a ball shape again. Repeat until all date mixture is used, then place balls in freezer for at least 20 minutes, or up to overnight. Meanwhile, use a double boiler or a microwave to melt the chocolate, stirring frequently (if you’re using a microwave, do 20 second intervals). Stir coconut oil into chocolate. Use a spoon to dip each frozen truffle ball into the chocolate, rolling it around to coat it evenly on all sides before removing it from chocolate and placing it on a piece of parchment paper to harden. If desired, sprinkle crushed nuts, sea salt or cacao nibs on top before chocolate hardens. Store at room temperature or in refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or in freezer for up to 2 weeks (just remove 10 minutes before serving). Makes 12 truffles.