Ready to have your mind blown? These amazing chocolate cherry truffles are not only not bad for you, they are positively good for you! And yet they are freakin’ delicious! They even have protein in them, in fact we thought about calling them ‘chocolate cherry protein truffles’ but we were afraid the name would scare people off before they tried them; they are literally vegan truffles that taste amazing, but just happen to also have protein and be good for you. They are the ultimate in guilt-free sweets! And they are easy to make and economical as well (in fact all of the ingredients are available at Costco)!
The ingredients that we use in these truffles are organic almonds, organic Deglet Noor pitted dates, organic raw cacao, organic protein powder, and organic dried cherries, all of which we get from Costco. Of course you don’t have to get them from Costco, and you don’t have to use organic, if you don’t want to, it’s just our preference. You can also substitute raisins, dried blueberries, or cut up dried apricots for the cherries.
A word about the protein powder: we use the chocolate Orgain Organics Protein + Superfood protein powder, which you can also get at Costco, or here on Amazon. It makes a very smooth truffle, with no grittiness or powdery texture. Feel free to use a different protein powder, however we can’t guarantee the texture; if you do use a different one, let us know which one and how it turned out!
You will need a food processor for this recipe. If you don’t already have one, this is a great excuse to get one. :~) You can see which one we use and recommend in our “Tools We Use Ourselves and Recommend” section on the sidebar to the right of the page –> (although in truth we still love our very old Cuisinart food processor the best; much like our beloved 30+ year old KitchenAid mixer, things were just built to last back then).
Vegan Chocolate Cherry Truffles with Protein
10 Deglet Noor dates (soaked in hot water, see directions)
2/3 cup almonds
1/4 cup raw cacao
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup dried cherries (these should have approximately the texture of raisins, not be actually dehydrated)
Soak the dates in very hot water (boiling hot is best) for at least one hour.
Drain the dates, and put them in your food processor, and process the dates into a smooth paste.
Now add the almonds (nothing else yet) and process again, stopping to scrape the sides down every so often until it just won’t process any further; this may take 10 minutes or so. It may look like a smooth paste at this point, but it may also not be quite there; that’s ok.
Add the raw cacao and the protein powder, and process again, until the mixture is very fine (if you’ve ever made ‘Dirt Cake’ it will look like the dirt for that; otherwise process it until it just won’t get any finer, sort of like the texture of wet sand).
Add in the cherries and process again. With the addition of the cherries (or other dried fruit) the mixture will magically turn into a smooth (deep, dark, delicious) dough. Once the dough turns into a ball of dough in your processor stop the processing.
Ball of dough that magically formed in the food processor
Roll the dough into 1″ to 2″ balls (your choice of size). Store in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the fridge (again, your choice, although if you are going to keep them for more than a couple of days we recommend the fridge). These will be very slightly tacky on the outside if you put them in the airtight container immediately. If you prefer them drier on the outside, you can also store them overnight uncovered before putting them in an airtight container.
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