Chocolate Orange Truffles


Healthy organic truffles are not only easy to make, they are bursting with flavor in every bite.  In addition, these little treats are power packed with nutrients.  And on top of that?  My family has been devouring them.

The boys have been taking them to school in their lunches and yesterday I sent my father a package of the chocolate prune truffles (including a couple of these as well).  Hi Dad!  Hope you are enjoying the truffles :-)

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  1. Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until the texture of coarse sand
  2. Add almond butter, agave, cacao powder, vanilla and orange zest and pulse until smooth
  3. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, until firm
  4. Remove from fridge and roll into ½ inch balls
  5. Coat with cacao powder
  6. Serve

This gluten-free vegan truffle recipe is based on one in Charlie Trotter's book Raw.  Filled with gorgeous photographs, the book is truly a feast for the eyes.

It also contains a plethora of wholesome delicious recipes.  While they are rather complex, they can also provide great ideas and staring points for your own simple creations.

I have one more truffle recipe up my sleeve.  Stay tuned as trufflemania continues…

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31 responses to “Chocolate Orange Truffles”

  1. Hey Elana!

    I made these truffles for a Christmas social I attended. I was so happy to make my first agave sweetened dessert – they tasted delicious!
    One thing though, my truffles were a little too gooey even though I coated them with lots of cocoa powder, to the point that they would gradually shift from a round ball to a disk shape. It could be because I have a mini-food processor and it couldn’t handle getting the nuts chopped finely enough, or because Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter is VERY creamy. I am making them again tonight with a little more nuts and a little less agave.
    If anyone else had this problem, I would recommend leaving the truffles in the fridge or even freezer until just before you serve them :) Will let you know if using less agave solves my problem too.

    I love your blog Elana, it makes me excited to be able to make treats I can eat for Christmas!

  2. Thanks, Elana. I found it and, sadly for me, it does contain sugar. I’ll keep searching for a chocolate that I can use to make your recipes.


  3. RachelB,

    Unfortunately, I don’t have that information. Just google “dagoba chocodrops,” the first item in the google search is usually “worldwide chocolates,” scroll down the page and you will find the product along with the ingredients.

    Also, feel free to post any queries you may have in my forums. There are lots of helpful folks full of information over there.

    Good Luck,

  4. Elana,

    If it’s not too much trouble since you use this product, will you look on your packaging and tell me what the ingredients are on the 73% chocolate? I have emailed Dagoba but never got a response.

    Thank you.


  5. Rachel,

    Your best bet when searching for ingredients is to contact the manufacturer directly or ask a vendor who sells the product; manufacturers are constantly changing their formulations.

    You also might want to try my forums.

    Hope this helps.


  6. Elana, are there any other ingredients in the 73% chocolate and if so, what are they? I have searched all over the internet and could not find this information. Thank you.

  7. Mandy,

    Thanks for your comment. What a great idea –to make the truffles ahead of time. I wouldn’t freeze them, I’d just keep them in the fridge. I think they’d keep pretty well that way, though not sure for exactly how long. Personally, I keep mine on the counter for days.

    Hope this helps. If you need a better answer you can post your question in the forums and someone there might be able to give you an exact time frame.


  8. Elana,

    I’d like to make these for Christmas, but I will also be out of town for a week. Is it possible to make these ahead of time and freeze them? How long will they last in the fridge?

    I’m so excited to have found your site! I am not (that I know of) a celiac, but I get severe cystic acne when I eat sugar, so I know I have some sort of food intolerance. I’m hoping that agave nectar will be something I can eat and I look forward to trying many of your recipes!!!

  9. Sarah -Your agave-walnut-cacao combo sounds delicious! Thanks for your comment, I really appreciate it.

    jodie -Thanks for the great idea –I started working on it right after receiving your comment. I’ll post it soon.

    • Hello! I love your recipes! Although, my husband has a tree nut alergy, so I am very limited to what I can make and share (who really wants to share such goodness anyway?) I was curious if you had any luck with the “eggnog” tasting experiments? Eggnog is about all I can think about lately (besides punpkin) and I would like something that would not be so horrible for me. Any suggestions?

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