Is chocolate good or is chocolate bad? That’s a tough question. I guess it could be both, depending on how you look at it! We know cacao in its raw form has some definite health benefits. But I know by looking at the ingredients in a Hershey bar that it is far from healthy. These Dark Chocolate Coconut Truffles fall somewhere in the middle…middle-to-healthy side, that is.

I suggest a good quality dark chocolate for this to keep it as healthy and low in sugar as possible. I used a 72% cacao bar when I made them. While these take some pre-planning (you need to chill the chocolate before rolling the truffles) and some hands-on time (rolling the truffles honestly is a little messy), they are delicious and very easy. If you need a dessert for a holiday party, or even an option for a cookie-exchange, consider these truffles!

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces good quality dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream (I used canned, or skim the top off a can of full fat coconut milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes (for coating)

Finely chop the chocolate and place in a medium glass bowl. (Make the chocolate is finely-chopped so it melts easily)

Heat the coconut cream in a saucepan over med-low heat until very hot but not boiling, stirring constantly.

Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and add the almond extract.

Stir to combine until chocolate is completely melted.

Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, until cooled and firm.

Coconut Chocolate

Use a spoon or melon-baller to portion out chocolate and lightly roll into balls using your hands. (You may need to wash your hands multiple times in this process. I found that cleaner hands worked better, otherwise the chocolate got too sticky.)

Roll the truffles into coconut to coat, and place on wax or parchment paper.

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate until serving.

Other variations would be to roll truffles in chopped walnuts or nuts of choice.

Enjoy without guilt!

 

Chocolate Coconut Truffles
Dairy-free and delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 10 ounces good quality dark chocolate
  2. 3/4 cup coconut cream
  3. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  4. Unsweetened coconut flakes (for coating)
Instructions
  1. Finely chop chocolate and place in medium glass bowl.
  2. Heat the coconut cream in a saucepan over med-low heat until very hot but not boiling, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and add almond extract.
  4. Stir to combine until all chocolate is melted.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, until firm.
  6. Using a spoon or melon-baller, portion out chocolate and lightly roll into balls using your hands.
  7. Roll the truffles in coconut to coat, and place on wax or parchment paper.
  8. Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate until serving.
Notes
  1. I prefer 72% cacao chocolate, but you the best quality dark chocolate you like.
  2. You will need to wash your hands multiple times while rolling truffles, otherwise the chocolate will get too sticky.
  3. Other variations would be to roll truffles in chopped nuts.
Angie Jones http://healthyangie.com/