Raspberry Chocolate Truffles (raw, dairy & gluten free}

By , On February 21st, 2014, In: Breakfast, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Paleo/Grain Free, Raw, Sweets, Vegan

Home » Breakfast » Raspberry Chocolate Truffles (raw, dairy & gluten free}


  • 1 1/2 cups brazil nuts
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries


If you read my “Mint Berry Juice” post, you know that I was on a sugar high and out of control with my sweet cravings.   Granted the sugar was from mostly unrefined sources with an occasional, daily {just coming clean} organic cane sugar in my store bought items, like the amazing Ginny Bakes Cookie.  I am salivating just thinking about them lucky for me we have truffles!

Anyway, I decided to do a 2 week sugar cleanse, which I am only days into begrudgingly… I mean… with a glad heart.  I am thrilled some of you have joined me on this mission, which can seem impossible at times. You are holding me accountable to make it through.  It’s amazing when you start reading labels how you will spy that little ingredient, sneaky sugar.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Sugar Free Truffle Paleo

I usually use date sugar, dates, apricots, real maple syrup, Sucanat, coconut nectar and crystals, or just a plain old banana to sweeten my recipes. However, since I was acting like an addict and wondering where and what my next sweet fix would be, I decided I would take a break from these sugars.  Although healthier in nature, too much  can still  lower immunity, cause inflammation, feed candida, affect blood sugar, and raise blood pressure.

With my daughter’s Birthday and Valentines Day,  I was a hot mess with all the extra goodies!  I had brain fog and was not feeling like my energetic self.  It was like I was wading through the mud mentally and physically (if you read my Juice post, you get the picture, tee hee).  Anyway, I was fantasizing about truffles and, well, that is how we got here today.

I should tell you that in half the batch, I did not add maple syrup instead I used a dash of stevia {for those of us watching our sugar intake}, but I think using real maple syrup adds another rich level of flavor. Yes, of course I had to try it for you.  I fancied them both ways, but because I am keeping my word to myself, I couldn’t indulge in that syrupy yum yet.  I have kept real whole fruits in my diet for sweeteners, but sparingly like the apricots.   I am happy to report that I am starting to climb out of the fog and mud!

Raspberry Chocolate Truffles (raw, dairy & gluten free}
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 18-22 balls
  • 1½ cups brazil nuts {soaked are best}
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • ½ cup freeze dried raspberries
  1. In a food processor, pulse Brazil nuts and apricots until they are finely chopped.
  2. Add all the ingredients, except dried raspberries and pulse till everything is blended.
  3. Form small balls and roll in crushed freeze dried berries.
  4. Place truffles in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm them up. Enjoy!
It is best to use soaked nuts for texture and taste but if you do not have time to soak them for a few hours {at least} you can use raw nuts. Walnuts and cashews work well in this recipe too. Please check out my "Soaking Nuts" post for more instructions and why soaking nuts is a good thing. This recipe is best kept in the refrigerator. You can use pitted dates in place of the apricots. I prefer apricots as they are lower in sugar.

Oh and after my sugar cleanse I will be heading over to one of my favorite blogs http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/ to make something sweet to celebrate my achievement!

With a Spoonful of Sugar….I mean Spoonful of Health,





P.S.  I’m finally on Instagram!  Yay!  “dawnspoonfulofhealth”  instagram

Related Posts

2 Comments on "Raspberry Chocolate Truffles (raw, dairy & gluten free}"

  1. Deb Miller February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I made these today and they are DELICIOUS!! While I always believe eating healthy is best my behavior definitely doesn’t reflect it. Especially when it comes to “treats”. I usually go for full of sugar, crazy bad for you stuff, not proud of it but I’ll admit to it at least. And my family is of course used to the same…so it was with a bit of apprehension that I offered up the plate tonight, fearing their tastebuds would revolt against a healthy treat. But I am so happy to say they were a huge success!! They will absolutely satisfy any chocoholic cravings.

    I feel really good about making a yummy treat for my family that is full of good stuff…nothing chemical sounding in this ingredient list! Thank you so much Dawn for sharing this great recipe! 🙂

    • Dawn Rofrano February 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Deb, I am smiling ear to ear that you were brave enough to offer them up and that they loved them!!! We can change the health of our families with one recipe at a time! You are part of the “taking back our health” Army! Way to go Momma!

Leave A Response

Rate this recipe: