These dark chocolate orange truffles combine two of my favorite dessert flavors! Chocolate and orange…a classic flavor combination that I find irresistible! February has been mostly warm and sunny in Northern California and our orange trees are in full bloom. I spent some time picking ripe oranges over the weekend and I knew something chocolatey HAD to be made!
This recipe uses high quality, dark (at least 70% cacao) chocolate because it tastes rich and it offers some amazing health benefits. Cacao has been shown to fight off free radicals – which age your cells. Dark chocolate’s antioxidant benefits have been bragged about for years and I love incorporating the lower sugar variety into many of my recipes.Print
dark chocolate orange truffles
A delicious, vegan treat that combines rich dark chocolate with energizing orange!
- 2 Cups good quality 70% dark chocolate (chopped)
- 1/2 Cup coconut cream (chill the can in the fridge overnight and scoop out the hardened cream, leaving the liquid behind)
- zest of 2 oranges
- cocoa powder for dusting
- You will melt the chocolate and cream together over a double boiler. Before you get started: find a small saucepan and a large glass bowl that will easily sit on top of the saucepan without touching the bottom.
- Fill the saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
- While the water is boiling, chop the chocolate using a serrated kitchen knife.
- When the water boils, lower the heat to low and let the water simmer.
- Place the chopped chocolate and the coconut cream in the glass bowl and gently place the bowl over the simmering water.
- Stirring often with a rubber spatula, allow the chocolate to slowly melt until the chocolate and the coconut cream form a smooth mixture.
- When the chocolate is completely melted, remove the bowl from the stove and stir in the orange zest.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the chocolate mixture onto the parchment in a 1/2 inch thick layer.
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to cool – this will take about 30 minutes.
Rolling the truffles
- Once the sheet of chocolate has cooled, cut the sheet into even squares. This will help you roll even sized truffles.
- Dust a clean kitchen counter with cocoa powder.
- Use clean hands to squish and roll the chocolate squares into balls.
- Roll the chocolate truffles into the cocoa powder.
- Serve immediately or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
- If you store the truffles in the fridge, let them come to room temperature before serving.