paleo dark chocolate truffles with orange zest

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 Truffles
Serves: 16 truffles
  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

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:


  1. says

    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.

    • bev says

      yes, i’d love to know where i could find cacao butter as well! i’m in canada…any one have any ideas? i’d LOVE to try these!

  2. Lynnette says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

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