Organic Cherry Chocolate Truffles: A Recipe for Yum
I bet you didn’t know that National Cherry Pie Day is coming up on February 20th. Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids which have anti-cancer benefits. They are also rich in melatonin which can help the body’s sleep patterns. Cherries can even slow down the body’s aging process, with the flavonoids isoqueritrin and queritrin, antioxidants that work to eliminate byproducts of oxidative stress and slow down the aging process. Add cherries to your diet easily with organic cherry juice, organic cherry butter or organic dried cherries.
I love how there are days dedicated to sweets, but the whole pie thing just isn’t for me. I don’t make pies…well that’s a lie I’ve made a few chicken pot pies in the past, but now that my family is mostly gluten free I just don’t do the pie thing anymore. Do I miss it…eh sure, but I like being healthy better.
So how am I going to celebrate this awesome day? Well I’ll tell you… instead of cherry pie, I made organic cherry chocolate truffles! That are pretty darn yummy too. My kids LOVE when I have to make treats for my blogs because they know they get a special treat when they come home from school…and this one is one of their favorites. I make these kind of truffles all the time. There are so many ways to make them, today instead of raisins I replaced them with dried organic cherries! Getting excited yet?
Organic Cherry Chocolate Truffle Recipe
- 1/4 cup raw pecans
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup Organic Dried Cherries
- 3/4 cup dates
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil ( or Ghee)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- Stevia to taste
In a food processor or a blender add the nuts (1st 3 ingredients) and process or blend until finely ground. In this picture…I let it go too long and it started to turn in to butter…don’t be alarmed if this happens to you, it will still turn out perfectly fine…that’s just what I get for tending to my toddler 😉
Next throw in all the other ingredients and process or blend until well combined, it should form a nice dough and easily come off the sides of the blender or processor.
Now roll into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. I got 15 tablespoon sized balls, but you can make them smaller to get 30. After you have rolled them, you can add an extra touch and roll them in anything of your choice. You can chop up dried organic cherries and nuts and roll them in it, or you can do just nuts. I rolled mine in unsweetened coconut flakes and raw cacao nibs (I like the crunch of the nibs). If you want to get really fancy you could even dunk them in melted chocolate…oh the possibilities!!!
Place them in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to harden slightly and your done! Store these in a air tight container in fridge and they will keep for about a week. Store in freezer for longer storage!
Additional Notes for Organic Cherry Chocolate Truffles:
- Use any combination of nuts
- Instead of Stevia, try a little raw honey or maple syrup (you might have to add a tablespoon or two more of raw cacao powder)
- Instead of organic cherries you can use organic cranberries (that’s what I usually use) or any other dried fruits
- Don’t like cacao powder or are allergic? Try carob instead
- Is your dough too dry? Don’t worry add a little splash of water until you get the right consistency.
What is your favorite organic cherry pie recipe? I would love to know if anyone else knows of any good recipes for gluten free pie crusts? Please share in the comments!