{dark chocolate-cherry truffles}

{dark chocolate-cherry truffles}

[headline_georgia_small_left color="#FF6600"]Fruit and nuts replace the cream in this delicious, healthy treat![/headline_georgia_small_left]

I LOVE this recipe! I posted it on my previous blog and called it “black forest truffles” because it tastes like a black forest cake. Having lived in Germany until I was 6 years old, I’ve had my share of black forest cake…a dark chocolate sponge cake, topped with whipped cream and cherries. Obviously delicious, but this cake creation is definitely not the best thing to eat when you’re preserving your girlish figure.

This truffle recipe mixes unsweetened dried cherries with almond meal to create a sweet and tart, dark chocolate covered dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your progress.

[headline_georgia_small_left color="#FF6600"]I love adding nuts to any dessert because the protein and fiber help keep your blood sugar from spiking! [/headline_georgia_small_left]

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do! =)

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[headline_georgia_small_left color="#FF6600"]For the truffles, you will need:[/headline_georgia_small_left]8 ounces unsweetened dried cherries (chopped)

  • ¼ C Almond Meal (I get mine at Trader Joe’s.  If you don’t have almond meal, put raw almonds in a food processor and grind until it’s the texture of course flour.)
  • 1/4 Tbsp honey
  • 8 ounces extra dark chocolate (70% or more cocoa solids), chopped

 

[headline_georgia_small_left color="#FF6600"]To make the truffles:[/headline_georgia_small_left]

1. Mince the dried cherries. Add the almond meal and honey and stir until the mixture sticks together easily. Tip: Spray your knife and measuring cup with cooking spray to make the chopping the cherries and measuring the honey easier.

2. Scoop out heaping teaspoon-fulls of the cherry mixture and use clean hands to roll into balls.   Place cherry balls on a wax paper lined plate and refrigerate while you melt the chocolate.

To Melt the chocolate:

3.  Bring a small saucepan of water to slight simmer (small bubbles forming around the edge).  Place a glass bowl over the saucepan, making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

4. Add the chocolate to the bowl and stir continuously until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

5. Take the cherry balls out of refrigerator and roll them into the melted chocolate.  Place the chocolate truffles back onto the waxed paper and chill until the chocolate hardens, about 15-20 minutes.  Enjoy!

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