Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

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!

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?.Β πŸ™‚

Who would have thought that avocado would go so well with chocolate?

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!

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!

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!

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!Β πŸ˜‰

African Adventures

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 KampalaΒ 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.Β πŸ˜€

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!

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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!
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Chocolate Cranberry Truffles
Prep Time
1 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 30 mins
 

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!

Course: Home Baking
Servings: 10
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 250 g dark chocolate
  • 15 g coconut butter
  • Β½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 60 g dried cranberries
  • Desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Peel the avocado and remove the stone. Mash the avocado to a smooth consistency in a bowl.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the avocado, add the cranberries and mix together thoroughly.
  4. Place the bowl in the fridge for approximately one hour until the mixture has slightly hardened.
  5. 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.
  6. Store the chocolate cranberry truffles in the fridge in an air tight container.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cranberry Truffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.9g 18%
Saturated Fat 5.7g 29%
Cholesterol 3.2mg 1%
Sodium 4.7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 23.3g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14%
Sugars 17.7g
Protein 1.7g 3%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!

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 atΒ Running with SpoonsΒ 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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Comments

  1. A) have such an incredible adventure. I have no doubt that you will! Safe safe travels, my friend.
    B) Leave these truffles in my care. They will be very safe indeed.
    C) Tell Lynne to trust me, no one wants to live in Africa.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      A) Many thanks you and fingers crossed for you healing soon and getting right back into your running.
      B) I’ve a lot of requests for these truffles at the moment, but seeing as you asked first, yeah they’re yours! πŸ™‚
      C) I’ll tell her. She won’t listen though. πŸ˜‰

      Catch ya when we get back!

  2. I was going to say that these truffles look amazing (because they do!), but… Africa?!? Really?!? HAVE THE BEST TIME! I’ve never been anywhere even remotely close to their, but man oh man it definitely looks like an awesome adventure.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks so much Amanda! πŸ™‚

      Both for the comment about the truffles and about having a good time in Africa! We sure are looking forward to it. I just hope I can persuade Lynne to come back home! πŸ˜€

  3. Wow, these look soooo lish! Can’t wait to make them over the holidays. Thanks for sharing, and have a great time in Africa!
    –Ginger Wroot
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You’re welcome Ginger. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Can’t wait to share all the holiday photographs here too. Hope you’ll check back to see them. πŸ™‚

  4. Well that’s it – I am making my protein ball/truffles for lunch! HA HA HA!!! Yep, lunch!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Supplying Power On The Set Of A MovieMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I would say protein ball/truffles should be eaten at any time of the day GiGi! Ha ha πŸ˜‰

  5. I seriously can’t believe that these are healthy! I could have sworn that they look like they are made with butter and heavy cream! You totally schooled me, these look so decadent and delicious!
    rachel @ athletic avocado recently posted…Pumpkin Eggnog Latte {Paleo + Vegan}My Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Would you believe that you can actually have a “healthier” truffle Rachel?

      I never did until I saw that you could make them with avocado and take out all that butter and heavy cream.

      I don’t think I ever want to make them with butter or heavy cream again! πŸ™‚

  6. Swooning over how creamy and perfect each bite must be!
    And have so much fun and amazing experiences on your trip! Take as many pictures as possible!!!
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine recently posted…Slow Cooker Buffalo ChickenMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      If they would last long enough for me to send you one Rebecca I would!

      The deep dark delicious taste of these with that avocado ingredient is just a revelation.

      Thanks for best wishes for our trip. You can be sure there will be lots of pictures taken! πŸ™‚

      Take care. πŸ˜€

  7. Making truffles is one of my favourite Christmas traditions, but these are another level kind of truffles. I often make chocolate dessert with avocado, so why have I never thought to make truffles with them? Genius!
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Stuffed Peppadew Poppers by Bintu | Recipes From A PantryMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Dannii. I love the sound of your chocolate dessert with avocado! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to look into that. Sounds yum!

  8. LOVE that you used avocado in these truffles Neil! They look luscious! Simply LUSCIOUS! I’ve made chocolate pudding with avocado and my daughter has not been able to tell the difference so I totally understand you fooling your co-workers πŸ˜‰ Now I need to move there and get a job where you are – no it’s not so creepy – I would just love to be one of your co-workers so I can taste test ALL your delicacies! πŸ™‚
    Hoping you and Lady Lynne have a wonderful time in Uganda – safe travels!
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan recently posted…Comment on Prosciutto & Apricot Cookies with White Chocolate Glaze by Shasta WaltonMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank you so much Shashi πŸ˜€

      I’m beginning to realise that truffles made with avocado could just be the very beginning of a new obsession. Just like my obsession with all types of lentils and your soon to find out, after our holiday, cranberries obsession πŸ˜†

      Yes, you must move here so we can sample each others recipes. Daily! πŸ˜‰

  9. Wow, avocado is the secret ingredient! I would never think of putting it in the truffles, that would be an interesting experiment, I might try it out! The truffles look delicious!
    Melanie @ MelanieCooks recently posted…Cinnamon Raisin Bread Recipe For Bread MachineMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Melanie. Adding the avocado, I find, is not only the secret ingredient, but really does add a real decadence to this. πŸ™‚

  10. Have the best trip in the world – it sounds absolutely magical!

    Like these truffles. Seriously. Wow. These are jawdropping-ly beautiful!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank you Charissa. Just picked up a good wifi connection on holiday here to be able to asnswer your comment! πŸ™‚

      These truffles have been so praised and commented on by everyone that I think I’m going to have to make another batch as soon as I’m back! πŸ˜€

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