These beautiful, vibrant, and oh so chocolatey Chocolate Raspberry Truffles are the perfect treat for any time of day or year. Combining chocolate, avocado, berries, and maple syrup, these secretly healthy chocolate treats are easy to make and so moreish.
Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
Let me help you wow your loved one with some Chocolate Raspberry Truffles.
You are going to need:
- dark chocolate (I use 73% cacao which was perfect)
- avocado (don't worry, you won't taste it)
- mixed berries (I used a mix of blueberries raspberries, pomegranate, and cherries but one variety of berry works great as well)
- pure maple syrup (use erythritol or liquid stevia to taste if keto)
- pure vanilla extract
- freeze-dried raspberries
Please note: do not be put off by the addition of the avocado. I can assure you that they make the chocolate truffle super creamy and you will not be able to taste the avocado at all!
A Note On Ingredients
Normally, I don't like the combination of chocolate and fruit flavors, but this raspberry truffle turned out to be amazing.
Not too sweet, super creamy with a little hint of a zing from the freeze-dried raspberries.
Plus it's secretly healthier than any truffle you will find in the store which is a bonus.
We know not all chocolate was created equal.
For this I love the richness of a 73% cacao when combined with the fruitniess of the berries, they go so well together.
But, if you are not a huge fan of dark chocolate that isn't going to work for you is it?
You do you.
If you prefer milk chocolate, then go on ahead and sub in your favorite one in place of the dark chocolate.
Pure Maple Syrup
You want to look for pure maple syrup, not maple flavored syrup.
There is a huge difference.
One is maple syrup and the other is basically thick sugar water.
Vanilla extract is a lot more expensive than vanilla essence.
And so it should be.
They are both prepared in completely different ways.
Vanilla extract is a lot purer of an ingredient, whereas vanilla essence is a lot more processed and has a lot of unquestionables thrown in there for good measure (google it...there is something to do with a beaver which you will wish you didn't know about).
How To Serve Raspberry Truffles
Now, these little chocolate raspberry truffles are pretty rich, so you probably wouldn't want to be eating a whole batch at once.
So, just like a normal truffle, you have to savour them.
I used avocado for the creaminess - if you haven't used avocado in baking yet, get on it!
Don't screw up your nose - it tastes amazing and not avocadoey at all - I promise!
There's no refined sugar in here and the vibrant red coating is courtesy of freeze-dried raspberries, which adds a beautiful tartness, and means we are completely dye free - yay! They seriously take like 5 minutes to put together but taste like you put in a fair bit of effort. Whip them up for your love and neither of you will be disappointed. Plus, they will think you spent ages working on them, and that's romantic, right?
If you are looking for some more homemade treat inspiration then check out these creations:
Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
- 140 grams dark chocolate I used 73% cacao which was perfect
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mixed berries (I used a mix of blueberries raspberries, pomegranate and cherries but one variety of berry works great as well)
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsps pure maple syrup (use erythritol or liquid stevia to taste if keto)
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup freeze dried raspberries
- Use a double boiler or a saucepan over low heat to melt the chocolate slowly. Make sure to stir regularly and take off the heat just before the chocolate is completely melted so it doesn't burn
- Add the avocado, berries and vanilla to a food processor and process until smooth
- Drizzle in the melted chocolate, a pinch of salt and the maple syrup and process until smooth
- The mixture will be runny so place it into the freezer until workable - i.e. you can roll it into a ball without it losing its shape
- While the chocolate is in the freezer make your raspberry dust. Place the freeze-dried raspberries in a blender and blend until it resembles a bright red dust (tip: don't open the blender and sniff the dust straight away as it will go all over your face and up your nose - although it does smell delicious)
- Roll a heaped teaspoon of the chocolate mixutre into a ball and roll in the raspberry dust
- Place in a dish lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to serve
Let me know if you try out my chocolate raspberry truffles, and what you thought! Leave a comment, like on Facebook or pin to pinterest for another special occasion.