Chocolate Ganache Cherry Walnut Truffles

Chocolate Ganache Cherry Walnut Truffles

This is the time of year when the temptation to indulge in yummy desserts is all around you. I personally love to eat desserts made with healing foods and 70% dark chocolate bars are a must have for me.

 

From November until the end of the year, cupcakes, cookies, pies, cakes, candies, puddings, parfaits, ice cream and all manner of tasty goodies are being abundantly shared at family and friend’s gatherings and work parties. Many of these desserts have ingredients that will pack on the pounds and set you up for craving more.

 

Since I believe in enjoying whole healing foods that are delicious and health promoting at the same time I have decided to share some of my favorite dessert recipes over the next few weeks that you can feel good about eating without worrying about how they will affect your health later.

 

My first recipe is for chocolate ganache cherry walnut truffles. Chocolate truffles are one of the best desserts because they provide intense rich chocolate flavor in a small serving size that is so satisfying. Truffles have a silky luxurious texture that just begs you to take a bite so you can enjoy how they melt on your tongue in an explosion of chocolate goodness!

 

Chocolate truffles are easy to make, store for weeks in the refrigerator and make wonderful edible gifts to bring to parties. Truffles can be expensive when you buy them individually in a candy store but if you make your own you will save money and have control over the quality of the ingredients used.

 

My recipe starts with a dark chocolate ganache base. Ganache is simply a creamy blend of chocolate and cream. Most recipes for ganache use equal parts chocolate and cream but for my truffle recipe you will need to do 2 parts chocolate to 1 part coconut milk so that you can achieve a dense creamy truffle.

 

You can add a variety of other ingredients to ganache like vanilla extract, cinnamon, dried fruits, essential oils, seeds and nuts to a create an infinite number of delectable flavors.

 

I prefer using organic, sustainably produced, fair trade chocolates in my recipes. The companies who make fair trade, sustainably produced, organic chocolates believe in supporting and protecting farmers along with producing wonderful products.

 

Dark chocolate, coconut, and walnuts have many health benefits that have been well documented. Here are some of my favorite benefits.

 

DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and soluble fiber. It is especially high in chromium, iron, and magnesium.

 

COCONUT MILK

Coconut milk contains medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids are sent to your liver, where they are immediately used to make energy instead of being stored as body fat. Medium chain fatty acids are also easier for you to digest. Coconuts and their milk also contain high amounts of lauric acid and capric acid, which are medium chain fatty acids that have antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties.

 

WALNUTS

Raw walnuts are an excellent nut to enjoy for both the taste and nutritional benefits. Walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (ALA), phytonutrients, antioxidants, copper, manganese, and fiber which all contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system along with offering protection against cancer.

 

I hope you make my delicious chocolate ganache cherry walnut truffles and be sure to share the chocolate love with your family and friends!

 

Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.

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Chocolate Ganache Cherry Walnut Truffles

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Makes around 3 dozen Truffles

12 ounces 70% organic dark chocolate

¾ cup organic full fat coconut milk*

⅛ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

⅛ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup finely chopped dried cherries

1 cup finely chopped raw walnuts

 

1. Chop the chocolate bars into small pieces with a knife. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside while you prepare the coconut milk.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sea salt, and cinnamon and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

3. Once the coconut milk is hot, remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. Let this mixture sit for a minute or so to allow the chocolate to start melting. Stir the chocolate with a large spoon until all the coconut milk is mixed in and the ganache looks smooth and creamy.

4. Stir in the chopped dried cherries, cover bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool and set. This should take around two hours or more.

5. Once truffle base is done chilling, remove from refrigerator and using a spoon or melon baller, scoop a large tablespoon of chocolate ganache and roll into a ball.

6. Place truffle ball in chopped walnuts and roll around until the truffle is completely coated in walnuts. Repeat this process until all the truffles are done.

7. Enjoy immediately or place truffles in the refrigerator covered for up to 2 weeks. If you refrigerate the truffles, remove and serve at room temperature when you want to eat them.

*It’s important to use full fat coconut milk in this recipe to get the right texture for truffles. Light coconut milk will not work in this recipe. You can also try coconut cream for a more decadent version.

 

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Comments

  1. Shelley,

    Those chocolate Ganache Cherry Walnut Truffles look incredible. And when I get into a cooking mood I love creating. I will return here to follow your recipe. However, when I am in a hard-working mode it is so much easier for me to just stop at a local store to buy ready-made food. There is an organic health food store that creates different types of truffles like that.

    Thanks for such a stimulating post. Makes me want to go out and get one right now.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Dr Erica! These truffles are really easy to make when you find the time and the hardest thing is waiting for the ganache to get firm so you can make them into truffles and eat them. Sometimes I just take the warm ganache base and pour it over nuts, dried fruit and seeds and eat it with a spoon. YUM! I hope you make them soon.

  2. Hi Shelley,

    healthy and yummy!

    I love dark chocolate and walnuts. I wonder if you could replace the dried cherries with blueberries?
    Are there any alternatives for the coconut milk?
    This would go well as a treat for Christmas!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Yorinda! You can use organic cream for the coconut milk and any dried fruit that you like. Dried blueberries would be so yummy in this truffle. Feel free to use your favorite combination of fruits and nuts or seeds to make this truffle your own. Enjoy and Love and Light to you too!

  3. This came just in time Shelley!
    I am tired of making the same old holiday cookies. I Know this will be a big hit, if I can do it correctly. I think I’ll start a batch tonight, because I like to practice a new recipe before I do one to give to people.

    Thanks so much,
    Donna

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Oh I so happy to hear that Donna! The recipe is easy to make and pretty foolproof so you should be fine, but doing a test batch is a delicious way to make sure you have the recipe right. If you have any questions please let me know.

  4. Thanks to @DrErica this recipe flew past in my Twitter stream, just manage to click through in time. Oh yum these look great, think I will sent them off to my brother to rustle up in time for my trip over to his place next week. What a cheeky sister! Great to get some chocolate eating practise in before the end of the year holidays!! 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Sadie-Michaela, You are a fantastic sister to make and send your brother some yummy chocolate treats! There’s nothing better than receiving a homemade gift made with love. Plus if you make enough you can enjoy some for yourself. 🙂

  5. I love the fact that you used coconut milk in these instead of cream. How perfect, I can now convert any of my ganache recipes to dairy free. I also look forward to trying out these truffles during the holiday season.
    France recently posted..Keep It Real Thursday – Your Week Is About To Get Much BetterMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi France, I’m so glad you like the coconut milk addition. I have made truffles so many times with organic cream and I love them too. I did this recipe with coconut milk because so many people have dairy intolerances or don’t use cream and I wanted to give them a chocolate ganache truffle that they could enjoy. Let me know how you like the recipe and please share some of your tasty recipes for ganache with me!

  6. Looks wonderful… I am just starting to make some decisions about what ‘baking’ I will or will not do for the holidays!! But this looks very doable and pretty healthy!! I am going to give a a whirl!!
    Holly recently posted..You’re Losing It And I Bet You Didn’t Even Know It!My Profile

  7. Wow they look gorgeous, there goes my healthy eating! I shall add these to my holiday cooking list.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Sarah! These truffles are actually a healthier version of truffles. Unless your avoiding eating dark chocolate, fruit and nuts you should be fine.

  8. These look so yummy! Truffles are great for the holidays!
    Hannah Healy recently posted..Slightly Sweet Pumpkin Maple Sprouted Corn CakeMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Hannah! Truffles make a great dessert to bring to parties or give as a gift to family or friends. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  9. Lynn Jones
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    says:

    Shelley, My mouth is salivating as I read your recipe with dark chocolate, coconut milk, dried cherries and walnuts. And I love the hint of cinnamon. I like walnuts, but I prefer almonds or pecans. I’m thinking they would interchange just fine.
    Since I do bake a few Christmas yummies, I may have to try this delicious one.
    Yum, thank you so much for sharing!
    Lynn
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Lynn, I’m a chocoholic so I always salivate on dark chocolate! This recipe would be delicious with pecans or almonds so feel free to substitute them for the walnuts. I hope you add my truffles to your list of yummy treats.

  10. Okay this is probably a really silly question, but can these be frozen? I’ve gotten myself into the habit of cooking one day a week and freezing so that I have dinners for the whole week ahead. It’s made a huge difference in my eating habits! Chocolate is not normally on my list of wants, but I do like dark chocolate. Thanks Shelley 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Marty, I would not freeze the truffles but they do last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator covered. You can also make half of the recipe so you have a smaller amount if you feel that you won’t be able to eat them all. I hope this helps!

  11. Shelley, these truffles look absolutely fabulous! And they are only a tiny “cheat” on my new healthy food plan. Thank you! ~ Willena
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Willena! Indulging in these dark chocolate truffles hopefully will not get you off track for your healthy food plan. You have to tell me more about it. Enjoy!

  12. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them at home!
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  13. Shelley,
    Wow what a great recipe I am looking forward to talking my wife into “creating” these for our holiday gatherings. Thanks again and great site!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Chuck, Thanks for the kind words on my site and I hope your wife makes these truffles for you and that they become one of your family favorites.

  14. Marcel Spitz says:

    Hey Shelley, Must tell my wife about this site and all your mouth watering recipes. Love ’em. Regards

  15. Coconut milk is a creative idea to cook these tasty healthy walnut chocolate truffles plus chocolate is the easiest ingredient for me as soon I will be moving in Switzerland;)!
    Thanks Shelley for this wonderful healthy sweet recipe, as soon as I have some time off I will try it and taste it thinking of you!
    Best best wishes,
    Patricia

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Patricia, Congrats on your move to Switzerland! How wonderful! You have to keep me posted and let me know how your move is going. I hope you enjoy the truffles made with some fabulous dark chocolate from Switzerland. Best Wishes to you as well. 🙂

  16. Marcel Spitz says:

    Well looks like I will have to learn to cook hehehehh… Regards
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