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Dark Chocolate Truffles


Melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate truffles flavored with bioflavanoid-rich orange zest.

These fantastically healthy dark chocolate truffles are full of antioxidant rich cacao powder and sweetened with honey and just a bit of vanilla stevia, which leaves a lot of room for the other flavors to come through.

Although I experimented and made these truffles with vanilla and raspberry, I ended up loving orange the best. I think orange zest and dark chocolate are a wonderful flavor combination.

Dark Chocolate Trufflesprint


  1. In a food processor combine coconut oil and coconut butter
  2. Pulse in honey, stevia, and orange zest
  3. Pulse in cocoa powder
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until very firm
  5. Use a 1 teaspoon sized scoop to measure out truffles
  6. Roll into a ball and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  7. In a small pot over very low heat, make shell for truffles
  8. Melt the cacao butter, then stir in cacao powder, honey and stevia
  9. Using a toothpick, dip truffles in shell one by one
  10. Chill for one hour
  11. Top with coarsely-ground salt if desired, then serve

Makes 16 truffles

This Dark Chocolate Truffle recipe is based on one from Danielle at Against All Grain. Her recipe is delicious; she uses cacao butter as an ingredient in both parts of her truffles, while I have chosen to eliminate it for the filling in order to cut down on the prep time and simplify the recipe a bit. I’ve also added stevia to this recipe in order to reduce the honey in the chocolate shell.

Here are some Paleo chocolate truffles recipes from other bloggers:

posted on July 8, 2013, 22 comments

  1. Awe thank you Elana! So happy you enjoyed them. Will have to try this version without the cacao butter in the filling! Xo

  2. Mia

    Thank you for another wonderful recipe! I am looking forward to trying it!

  3. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat @ eatgreatbegreat.wordpress.com

    Mmmm…so delicious! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  4. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy @ glutenfreehappytummy.com

    oh wow. yes please! :)

  5. These truffles look AMAZING! I love that the filling uses coconut butter – one of my all-time favorite foods. I’ll bet the orange zest makes the favors pop. This will be on the “to make” list for this weekend!

  6. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven @ wholeandheavenlyoven.com

    Ohh yes..These look crazy good. :D I love how the coating has cacao butter in it!

  7. Lynnette

    Heard you on NPR tonight and adored hearing you advocate so articulately for all of us trying to heal our bodies with paleo diets.
    Thank you Elana!

  8. Debra Estes

    Where can I find raw cacao butter?

  9. Cassandra @ fedandfit.com

    Wow, Elana! Thank you for the truffle mention! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  10. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Love this recipe, Elana! Shared on All Gluten-Free Desserts! :-)


  11. Jackie

    Made them last night! Delish!

  12. cheap prescription glasses @ visioneyewear.co.uk

    I do love chocolate truffles. I have also a friend who makes chocolates. Thumbs up for your post.

  13. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I really enjoy chocolate, so this is perfect.

    Although I am not much of a baker, this recipe doesn’t look too difficult to make.

    I think I would add some chopped nuts or coconut flakes on top for some added flavour.

    Is there a substitute for the raw cocoa butter? I haven’t come across it in stores.

  14. Cannot wait to try these this weekend. I love all of your sweet paleo-friendly recipes!

  15. cheap glasses UK @ visioneyewear.co.uk

    Dark chocolate truffle is expensive in the market. Great that you have shared the recipe . I will try making this at home.

  16. smalll business consultant @ marketinglocalbusiness.co.uk

    I have a friend who makes and sell chocolates . I will share this recipe to her.

  17. exotic travels and vacation @ exotictravelsandvacations.com

    I love dark chocolate truffles.

  18. absolute health fitness @ absolutehealthfitness.com

    The steps are just simple. Easy to make .

  19. Omg omg omg.. I gotta try this NOW!!! Thank you for this yummy recipe!

  20. Ava Adams

    Is this recipe calling for powdered or LIQUID stevia?

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