Impress the ones you love with these dairy free dark chocolate raspberry truffles. Even if you haven’t made homemade candy before, these raspberry chocolate truffles are a sweet treat you can make for a perfect Valentine’s Day or special occasion treat.
When it comes sweet treats, dark chocolate truffles are in a club all their own. There’s something about biting into a heaping mound of chocolate that feels so indulgent.
How to Make Truffles
Traditionally, truffles are made with simple ingredients like semi-sweet chocolate and heavy cream made into a dark chocolate ganache. Since these truffles are dairy free, we’re going to skip the cream.
Don’t fret though, the use of perfectly quality dairy free chocolate chips means that you don’t have to miss a thing even if you’re making truffles for the first time. There are lots of truffle recipes online, but you’d be hard pressed to find one that is dairy free in addition to being free from artificial flavor.
This recipe uses real raspberries not raspberry extract for the best results that you can feel good about eating.
Your taste buds will thank you. To make these truffles right, you need to have the right ingredients and supplies on hand.
Ingredients Needed for Dairy Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles Recipe
Coconut cream is a versatile ingredient that adds a rich and creamy texture to desserts and savory dishes. It is made from the thick, white part of coconut milk that rises to the top when the liquid is chilled. It’s high in healthy fats and has more of a subtle coconut flavor, When it comes to making this truffle filling, coconut cream works phenomenally well.
Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits and has a high smoke point. This makes it a popular ingredient in healthy cooking. It is made from the meat of the coconut and is solid at room temperature.
Dark Chocolate Chips:
Don’t sweat it, This chocolate is so good. Make sure to use a brand with at least 70% cacao for more intense contrast with the luscious raspberries. It’s a deliciously bittersweet contrast. The chocolate is made from ingredients like cocoa solids, cocoa butter and sugar. Once set, it makes a wonderful chocolate coating with a delicate crunch. This brand is naturally dairy free.
Maple syrup certainly makes a healthier option than corn syrup, and that’s what we’re going for. It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients like manganese, zinc, potassium and calcium. Use the best quality 100% grade A maple syrup. Grade A syrup has a more subtle maple flavor than grade B.
There is no raspberry powder or raspberry jam in this recipe. You’ll need fresh or frozen raspberries to start. Since they’ll be heated in a small saucepan, either frozen or fresh raspberries will do. Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber.
Red Decorating Sugar or Freeze-Dried Raspberries
As a finishing touch, you can choose to dust the finished truffles using red decorating sugar. This is totally optional, but makes a impressive final touch. This brand is pretty popular and contains no artificial dyes.
Tools You Need Make Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
- double boiler or microwave (to make melted chocolate)
- parchment paper (less mess and essential to make the perfect chocolate truffle recipe)
- baking sheet (You’ll need something to lay them out on)
- melon baller (Not a necessity, but works great for making uniform truffles)
- large microwave-safe bowl
- cooling rack (optional)
- 2 forks
How to Make Raspberry Coconut Truffles
Here’s how to make raspberry coconut truffles.
- In a saucepan, add the fresh or frozen raspberries and heat over medium-low heat until they are tender.
- While they’re in the pot, use a fork to mash them until they are pretty smooth. To get the raspberries to the right consistency, this could take 5-10 minutes.
- Let the mixture cool in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
- Once cool, in a separate bowl mix together raspberries, coconut flakes, coconut oil, coconut cream and maple syrup until well combined. May require coconut flakes for rolling if things get too sticky.
- Roll the truffle filling into balls about 1-inch in diameter. If you have young kids, this is a great part for them to help with. If you want a more rustic handmade chocolate candy look, you can just eyeball this part. For a more uniformed look, you can weigh the filling and/or use a melon baller. If you opt to weight these, the weight is about 0.5 ounces a piece. This step will also determine how many truffles the recipe yields. You should be able to get anywhere from 10-20 finished truffles.
- Once you get the balls how you’d like them, place them on a baking sheet or large plate in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring intermittently. Most microwaves have a melt chocolate function. You can also use a double-boiler. The key is, not to melt the chocolate using full power or direct heat.
- Place each ball in the chocolate and coat evenly using two forks to help get the job done. Allow any extra chocolate to drip off before place the truffles on a parchment lined plate or cooling rack.
- Optional: Sprinkle the truffles with decorating chocolate, finely shredded coconut or freeze-dried raspberries. The key is to move as quickly as possible before the chocolate dries and sets. This will allow the toppings to stick.
- Enjoy the deliciousness! You are now a chocolatier.
How to Store Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
For best freshness, store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 days. You can also free them up to 3 months in a freezer safe container or freezer bag. Once ready to enjoy, thaw in refrigerator.
Modifications and Customizations
Once you have the basic recipe down, you can customize it how you’d like. While the combination of raspberries and dark chocolate make a winning combination, instead of raspberries, you can try using strawberries or even blackberries instead. As far as chocolate goes, white chocolate is also an option.
After the truffles have been dipped in chocolate, you can sprinkle them with anything you’d like. Of course you can use varied colors of decorating sugars. Feel free to customize it based on special occasions. You can also finish the chocolates with chopped nuts, cocoa powder or gourmet sea salt.
For even more flavor try adding 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, orange, raspberry or strawberry extract.
When to Serve Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
These truffles are a special occasion treat and can be served any time of year. Some great options for serving these rich truffles are Valentine’s Day, Christmas or other holidays, birthdays, tea parties, wedding anniversaries or any time of the year! This is also a healthy treat to serve if you’re looking for something to bring in to school for the kids’ Valentine’s Day snack.
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- 2 oz coconut cream
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 cups finely grated unsweetened coconut (more for rolling)
- 2 oz coconut oil (melted)
- 10oz bag dairy free bittersweet chocolate
- red decorating sugar (optional)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup (can also use agave syrup)
- In a small saucepan heat raspberries over medium-low heat until tender.
- Using a fork and mash the berries and let them simmer until reduced by half.
- Let the the mashed raspberries cool in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
- Once cool, in a small bowl combine raspberries, coconut, coconut cream, coconut oil and maple syrup.
- Ensure everything is thoroughly combined.
- Roll the mixture into one inch balls. You can add a little more coconut flakes for rolling.
- Place the balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set.
- Once ready, melt the chocolate. You can melt in the microwave or double boiler.
- Use two forks to gentle place the truffles in melted chocolate. Make sure that all sides are evenly coated, shaking off any excess.
- Place on a cooling rack (preferably parchment paper lined).
- Optionally, you can sprinkle the truffles with decorating sugar or coconut flakes to finish.
- Enjoy the deliciousness!
If you would like more even truffles, use a melon baller to make them all the same size. May subsitute agave syrup for maple syrup in this recipe.
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Reynolds Kitchens Unbleached Parchment Paper Roll, 45 Square Feet
Oven Safe, Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Baking Rack & Cooling Rack, 10 x 15 inches Fits Jelly Roll Pan
Cookie Scoop Set of 3 - Ice Cream Scoop with Trigger Include 1.5 Tbsp / 2.8 Tbsp / 5.4 Tbsp - 18/8 Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Cookie Dough Scoop for Baking Melon Baller Meatball Cupcake Muffin
Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 8mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 3g
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