Raw Vegan Cranberry and Chocolate Truffles. If decadent rich dark chewy bittersweet chocolate with a hint of cranberry sounds like your cup of tea then you will love these! These cranberry and chocolate truffles are all of the above but contain no dairy or refined sugar, they are naturally sweetened with cranberries and dates. These little chocolate balls make a delicious but healthy sweet treat for Christmas…….or for any occasion really!
These are not truffles in the traditional sense but certainly taste decadent, rich and chocolaty and contain no refined baddies. The coconut oil and nuts in this recipe give the truffles a good dose of healthy fat and protein. This can help balance out any blood sugar spikes from the natural sugar in the dates and cranberries.
I love, love raw cacao and find it hard not to add to well just about anything. Hot cacao drinks, smoothies, chia seed pudding, in baking or raw goodies, cacao is something I use pretty frequently! Not only is it tasty but cacao is an excellent natural source of antioxidants. Cacao has four times the amount of antioxidants of dark chocolate and is a good source of magnesium and iron.
Christmas is on its way and sometimes I find it hard to get into the spirit of Christmas when the weather turns warmer. All you really feel like doing is heading to the beach rather than spending your time wandering around crowded malls looking for presents. However we have now put up our tree, had a few BBQ’s and been to the beach so things are starting to feel a little festive in a New Zealand kind of way.
New Zealand Christmas time is always particularly beautiful when the stunning red flowers come out on the Pohutakawa tree. If you are lucky enough to be at the beach then lazily gazing at the beautiful contrast in colours of the bright blue sky and sea, mixed in with the green and red from the Pohutakawa trees is always a reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country. Obviously now with a toddler in tow anything along the lines of “lazily gazing, lying or relaxing” at the beach doesn’t happen so much, (or at all) but hey watching him play and potter around on the sand is still a pleasant way to pass the time.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!
Have a lovely week!
Yields Makes 14 large truffles
Decadent, rich & bittersweet raw cranberry chocolate truffles.
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1 cup dried cranberries with no added sugar *Soaked - see note below
- 1/2 cup pitted dates *Soaked - see note below
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder plus more for dusting
- 1 Tbspn coconut oil
- Soak the dried cranberries and dates in a bowl with warm water for 10 minutes. Then drain and gently pat dry with a paper towel.
- Add all of the ingredients to the food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Roll the mixture into balls and then roll into cacao powder to coat as desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- These raw truffles can also be frozen. If you would like them to be extra chewy then these truffles can be kept in the freezer as they do not go completely hard, they stay nice and chewy.
Note 1 - If you live in a warmer climate then put the raw dough covered in the freezer for 10 minutes before rolling into balls, this makes it easier to roll without getting too sticky. Note 2 - If you are concerned about the added sugar in dried cranberries you can buy them sweetened with apple juice at most whole foods stores.