Fruity Coconut Cream Truffles and Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on December 23, 2011

Well, just a quick post again from me today.  I wasn’t planning on posting these today but then I realized they might make a perfect little treat, or even gift so I might as well post them. 

I’ve been making them for quite some time now, and I even posted about them before with an apricot version here that I think is still my favorite.  Or at least tied with the cranberry orange ones I made this time. Want something chocolaty? Try these Vegan Chocolate Truffles!

In any case, these are probably a much healthier treat than most right now, but they really are a treat.  I keep them in the fridge just in case they don’t get eaten right away, but they are best at room temperature as the coconut oil won’t be as hard and they’ll be much creamier. 

In the picture, there are pear, dried plum and cranberry orange (using the zest from one whole orange) but any combination of dried fruits and flavorings that you enjoy will be yummy.

[print_this]Fruity Coconut Cream Truffles

  • 1/2 C dried fruit(apricots, dried plums, cranberries, dried pears or even apples – anything will work)
  • 1 C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or another liquid sweetener such as brown rice syrup
  • any extra flavorings such as citrus zest, extracts or spices

Add all of the dried fruit to your food processor.  If the fruit is in large pieces, consider chopping it up first before adding it to the food processor to make things easier.  Process the fruit until no large pieces remain.  This may take a few minutes, be patient as it’s important to the texture of the final product.  Once they are no large pieces left add all the remaining ingredients and process again until a “dough” forms.  Again, this may take a few minutes.  If everything is processed and it seems to be taking too long, turn your food processor off and remove a small amount of dough and pinch it together to see if it will stick.  If it does, let the dough rest for a couple minutes(place it in the fridge for a few minutes if it’s especially warm from being processed) before scooping out bite sized amounts and rolling them into balls.  Place in the fridge till they firm up, then store in an airtight container, either in the fridge or on the counter in a cool place.[/print_this]

I have two other quick treats  that I’ve made in the last little while that I just thought I’d mention.  Nothing too fancy(I thought I’d make handy printables anyways, just in case anyone wants to print the ideas out), but delicious, and again probably a little healthier than the mountains of cookies and other sweets around.  The amounts for both of these are approximate, you might have enough chocolate for more, or not quite enough.  Or you might want less chocolate per the amount of popcorn, or more, so go ahead and  so use your best judgement.  Also, just a note, I would have enjoyed mine more if I hadn’t crushed my candy canes so finely – bigger pieces are good.

[print_this]Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

  • 1 100g(3.5oz) bar of dark chocolate(I use 65% but any kind is good)
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
  • 1/4 C dried cranberries or other dried fruit(optional)
  • about 1 – 1 1/2C raw almonds(or any other nut you prefer, alternatively you could toast the nuts as well)

Break up the chocolate and melt in a double boiler or very carefully in the microwave, stirring often.  Arrange the nuts into small clusters of about 4-5 nuts and top with dried fruit it desired.  Once the chocolate is melted, using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the clusters, being sure to get chocolate on each individual piece so that the clusters don’t fall apart.  Sprinkle with crushed candy cane bits and cool until hardened.  Store in a cool, dry place.[/print_this]

…. Aaaaan just very quickly, some dark chocolate candy cane popcorn 😀

[print_this]Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn

  • 6-8 C popped popcorn
  • 1 100g(3.5oz) dark chocolate bar(I use 65% but any kind is good)
  • 3-4 candy canes crushed

Pop your popcorn using whatever method you like.  Place the popcorn on a baking sheet in an even layer(but not too spread out).  Crush the candy canes and set aside.  Melt the chocolate either using a double boiler, or very carefully in the microwave.  Stir to prevent burning.  As soon as the chocolate is completely smooth and melted drizzle over the popcorn and then sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces.  Leave the popcorn on the sheet until the chocolate has hardened.  You can speed this up by placing the entire sheet in the fridge for a few minutes until completely hardened.  Then using a knife or even a fork, gently remove the popcorn from the baking sheet as some of the chocolate will have hardened to the sheet.  Break up any large chunks and store in an airtight container at room temperature.[/print_this]

Enjoy, and happy holidays everyone!

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1 Allison December 30, 2011 at 19:54

I love all of these ideas. I will have to make a few of these for my next party. Love your site, great recipes.

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2 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 28, 2011 at 18:12

All these fabulous treats are making hungry! Love them all.

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3 kitchenriffs December 28, 2011 at 10:19

Three nice recipes! But I particularly like the Coconut Cream Truffles. I’m a sucker for anything with coconut. Thanks!

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4 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 27, 2011 at 23:22

Love these raw desserts — everything looks so yum (especially those truffles). Want some 😀

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5 Sarah B. / Lemon Fire Brigade December 27, 2011 at 10:27

Mmmm I want a pink one of those cream truffles! They look amazing! awesome.

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6 Culinary Collage December 27, 2011 at 07:54

I love the almond clusters! They look really pretty.

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7 raquel December 27, 2011 at 06:07

They are delicious treat you share with us. This is what I love every holiday =)

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8 torviewtoronto December 26, 2011 at 19:52

delicious looking dessert
happy holidays to you and family

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9 yummy supper December 26, 2011 at 10:30

Those coconut truffles look like the perfect bite. And I totally appreciate that they are a healthy little pick me up any time of year. Yum!
-Erin

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10 Angie@Angie's Recipesa December 24, 2011 at 22:36

Those truffles look amazing! Love the combination of flavours. Irresistible!

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11 Michaela December 24, 2011 at 03:11

I love your ideas!
Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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12 Heather December 23, 2011 at 21:31

YUM- a truffle without the guilt; perfect!

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13 Nora @ natural noshing December 23, 2011 at 21:02

I am loving these truffles and the almond clusters!!!! Yum yum!!! It all looks delicious and festive 🙂 Coconut and dried fruit are fabulous together!

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14 Pure2raw Twins December 23, 2011 at 19:43

yum yum
love coconut and love truffles. plus can never go wrong with dark chocolate drizzled over anything 🙂

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15 Eat good 4 life December 23, 2011 at 19:32

Wow the healthy truffles look really yummy….to make them even more interesting they would probably be great covered with dark chocolate 🙂

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16 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 23, 2011 at 16:48

Those cranberry orange ones sound delicious. That’s one of my favorite flavor combinations. I pretty much have fruit and nut “balls” on hand at all times for snacks and these are so simple, I’m going to have to try them out. 🙂
Have a great holiday!

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