These chocolate cranberry truffles are vegan, paleo and gluten free. This is a fun Christmas bake with a secret ingredient and as each truffle comes in at only 184 calories, one you can still enjoy even if you’re watching your waistline!
OK folks, did you jump straight down to the recipe below to see what the secret ingredient in these chocolate cranberry truffles is?
Or, did you get stuck drooling over the photographs first?. 🙂
Who would have thought that avocado would go so well with chocolate?
Yep. I know, adding avocado even surprised me when I stumbled upon similar recipes a couple of years ago!
I took a batch of these 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.
But seriously because we’re using avocado here it means being able to cut out just about all of the butter and oil!
We only need to use the barest amount of healthier coconut oil to help maintain a little softness within the truffles. This is so they don’t go rock hard when you keep them in the fridge!
Chocolate Cranberry Truffles On Christmas Day?
Now, of course you may wish to consume these easily home-made truffles as soon as you’ve made them.
You see they are SO rich, dark and chocolatey. I fully understand if they don’t last that long. Both Lady Lynne and I will confess to finding these chocolate cranberry truffles extraordinarily tempting!
If you do manage to save yourself from the temptation, 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! 😉
Hey Folks. just before the recipe, 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, cranberry banana bread will be up just before Christmas when we get back, so look out for that!
Vegan, delicious and simple to make, you'll love these chocolate cranberry truffles. Low fat, low carb, only 184 calories each and with a secret healthy ingredient!
- 250 g dark chocolate
- 15 g coconut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 ripe avocado
- 60 g 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.
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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