Paleo Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Truffles

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This post was shared with Paleo Parents as part of their ongoing Guest Blogger series!

Chocolate is one of those grey areas in the Paleo world.  Most conventional chocolate has sugar and soy.  Many have chosen to use the darkest chocolate possible (like me) in moderation, but making your own Paleo chocolates is actually quite easy!

They key players are: fat (cocoa butter is the most authentic), cocoa powder, and some sweetener.  I have used honey/coconut nectar, stevia, and palm sugar all with success.  They each have their own flavor profiles, and palm sugar needs to be dissolved in the warm fats to disappear.

The amount of sweetener I have used in these is quite low.  I like my chocolates pretty dark!  It is totally acceptable to add additional sweetener to match your preferences!  Too much additional liquid sweetener will make for a very soft and melty end product however, so do not get too carried away!

In these luscious truffles,  I wanted to marry dark chocolate and tart berries, but using fresh berries with all their water content would be tricky.

Enter freeze dried berries.  These bad boys are easy to whir up into a fine powder in a blender and they pack a concentrated flavor punch!  I recently used them to create a Raw Strawberry Macaroon like Hail Merry’s new flavor, yum!

These truffles are super dark chocolate with strong raspberry finish!  A few bites will satisfy that chocolate monster lurking within, promise!

INGREDIENT NOTES:

  • I use my own homemade coconut butter for this ($4/2 cups, apx), but you can also find it well-stocked grocery stores, or online.
  • Freeze dried raspberries are carried at Trader Joes, and I also get them online.
  • Cocoa butter is literally the fat from the cacao bean.  It has a strong, deep, chocolatey flavor that is key in great homemade chocolate.  It is important that you buy a variety that is specified as food grade.  I find it is much cheaper online than in the stores, I get mine here.
  • I like to use a high quality cocoa powder.  Some of the commercial varieties leave a lot to be desired.  I never realized how much it impacted the chocolate taste until I couldn’t find my favorite kind and bought what was available…HUGE difference.  My favorite (that I have tried so far)  is Dagoba.

 

 

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Paleo Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Truffles
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Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) melted cocoa butter + 3 tablespoons for coating (see link above for what I use)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil + 3 tablespoons for the coating
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened + 3 tablespoons for the coating
  • 1 bag freeze-dried raspberries, blended into a powder and sifted to remove seeds
  • 1½ tablespoons honey or coconut nectar (to taste) + 1 tablespoon for coating
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, gently melt ¼ cup cocoa butter and 2T coconut oil.
  2. Once liquified, whisk in the coconut butter until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in remaining ingredients (remember to sift those seeds out first so as NOT to have that seedy crunch!)
  4. Taste the mixture and add more salt or honey if you like.
  5. Pour into a bowl, place in the fridge to solidify (about 30 minutes or so). (If you are doing the rectangular or molded chocolate route, poor this warm mixture into your molds now and skip to step 7!)
  6. When the mixture feels cool and ready to handle, remove and begin your molding. To keep my hands clean, I used a small cookie scoop. Additionally, you could roll the mixture into bite-sized balls with your hands!
  7. Place back in fridge to firm up again while you prepare the coating, as necessary
  8. For the coating: in the same saucepan over low heat, melt the remaining cocoa butter and coconut oil.
  9. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and honey.
  10. Taste and add more sweetener if you like.
  11. Using a toothpick or skewer, impale those waiting truffles and dip into the waiting coating. If you like your coating thicker, you will want the coating to cool a bit to thicken. I prefer my coating thin, so I start dipping right away.
  12. Let all the extra coating drip back into the bowl, and place on a Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet to cool.
  13. Once solid, you can either drizzle some additional coating over the tops to dress them up or store them as is in an airtight container. These will hold at a cooler room temp (sorry South-westerners!), but I choose to store them in the freezer.

 

 

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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13 comments on “Paleo Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Truffles
  1. It was fun to see you on Paleo Parents this week. 2 of my favorite blogs intersecting!

  2. Tessa, these look amazing! YUM!

  3. Jenni says:

    These look amazing! I just pinned your recipe for raw strawberry macaroons a minute ago. These are definitely worth giving a try as well. I just discovered your blog (mine is new). Your photographs are amazing. I recently started eating a more restrictive diet because of digestive issues, so I’ve been on the lookout for great allergy-friendly blogs. I’ll be following yours from now on! I’m Jenni. :)

    • Hi Jenni! I am happy you found me, and I am happy to help you any way! While my pictures have improved leaps and bounds since I first started, I keep trying to learn new things. If you need any tips, let me know!

  4. Lynne says:

    I thought you are trying to say cocoa butter is the most authentic but you wrote cocoa butter is the moat authentic. Anyway, I love raspberry and the dark chocolate seems to complement the taste of the truffles. Is it okay to use commercial coconut butter since I could not make the homemade coconut butter?

  5. Wow – these look and sound fabulous! I love the idea of sprinkling the raspberry coating over the top. They look professional!

  6. Cindy says:

    These truffles look amazing!! YUM I tweeted and pinned them to the gluten free fridays board!

  7. Just gorgeous! And what a creative way to get a red sprinkle look! Pinning this to the Raw Foods Thursdays board. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  8. Elena says:

    Love the combination: dark chocolate and raspberries! Perfect for me!

  9. Becky says:

    Looks amazing! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Greens!

  10. Linda says:

    Those look amazing, Tessa! I love that raspberry powder idea. Thanks for sharing this at Gluten-Free Wednesdays!

  11. Lisa Lynn says:

    Yum! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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