Vegan, paleo and gluten free chocolate cranberry truffles. Perfect for a fun Christmas bake. This is a delicious, simple, low fat and low carb recipe. And, at only 184 calories each, this is definitely a healthier Christmas option!
Now folks, did any of you check the secret ingredient in these chocolate cranberry truffles? Or, did you just drool over the photographs (which you are completely forgiven for!). 🙂
Yep. I know, that ingredient even surprised me when I stumbled upon similar recipes a couple of years ago. But seriously because I’m using avocado here I’m able to cut out just about all of the butter and oil. I only used the barest amount of healthier coconut oil to help maintain a little softness within the chocolate cranberry truffles. This is so they don’t go rock hard when you keep them in the fridge!
Now, of course you may wish to consume these easily home-made truffles as soon as you’ve made them. Indeed they are so rich, dark and chocolatey that I fully understand if they don’t last that long, because both Lynne and I will confess to finding these chocolate cranberry truffles extraordinarily tempting! 😆
Also, may I suggest that these could make a fabulous ending to your Christmas day meal? Perfect with your coffee and not overly unhealthy at that?
Then of course later, after your Christmas day meal you might want to grab more of my obsession with cranberries, by topping up with my wholemeal cranberry scones.
But let’s make these chocolate cranberry truffles first! 😉
- 250g dark chocolate
- 15g coconut butter
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 ripe avocado
- 60g dried cranberries
- Desiccated coconut
- Melt the chocolate and coconut butter over a low heat in a small saucepan. Once melted, stir in the vanilla extract and cocoa powder until combined into the liquid.
- Peel the avocado and remove the stone. Mash the avocado to a smooth consistency in a bowl.
- Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the avocado, add the cranberries and mix together thoroughly.
- Place the bowl in the fridge for approximately one hour until the mixture has slightly hardened.
- Using a spoon, divide the mixture into 10 balls, roll each ball in the palm of your hands (will be messy – so ideal for children to do!), then roll the balls in the desiccated coconut.
- Store the chocolate cranberry truffles in the fridge in an air tight container.
I took a batch of these chocolate cranberry truffles into my work for colleagues to try out and I asked them to try and guess that “secret” ingredient. Only one of them guessed correctly.
What a great way this could be to ensure kids get a dose of this wonderful heart healthy ingredient, which is packed with an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals!
Hey Folks. NeilsHealthyMeals will now take a well-earned break for a couple of weeks as we go roaming around Uganda searching for mountain gorillas.
Lady Lynne and I are so looking forward to our 3 days in Uganda, Kampala to Kampala trekking through local villages and lush rainforests in search of these beautiful and thankfully highly protected creatures within the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
After the excitement of seeing the mountain gorilla’s, as Lady Lynne and I will no doubt both be complete emotional wrecks, and the fact I’ll need to pull Lynne out of that jungle before she claims that she NEEDS to live with the gorilla’s forever, we’ll head to Zanzibar for the rest of our break. 😀
You can be sure that I’ll have my camera with me at all times. In fact I spent more money recently on a new lens than the camera actually cost in the first place, but that’s another conversation and one I don’t want to get Lynne started on……
Anyway, so yeah, expect a recap and photographs when we get back!
Oh and another cranberry festive Christmas bake, will be up just before Christmas as I further indulge in my favourite Christmas berry!
But back to today, and I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but it’s Thursday and here we like to link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons to see what’s going on over there!
Take care of yourself folks, try not to overindulge within this Christmas period and Lady Lynne and I will catch up with you all in a couple of weeks to tell you of our African adventures.
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