Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles

This post is about all the sweet things in life. It is about cherries and chocolate, figs and coconut, sugar, spice and all the things nice.

If you have been following Cucee, then you probably know that I am not much of a “desert” person (see my healthiterian manifesto as a reminder.) Well, a while ago I almost followed my husband, an irrecoverable chocoholic, into a dark world of dark chocolate. But having recognized an addictive nature of this magic substance, I successfully resisted its enslaving power.

Well, that was until about two months ago…

I was searching for some protein snack ideas for an upcoming backpacking trip. To Cucee’s disappointment, my research revealed that sugar-packed power bars seemed to have been favored by most backpackers. In an effort to find a healthier alternative, I stumbled upon an article about raw dehydrated truffles. Intrigued, yet without a dehydrator in sight, I hacked my way around the kitchen and produced these:

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles Rolled in Coconut Flakes

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles Rolled in Coconut Flakes

Long story short.  I never found a way to make a healthy protein snack and, to Cucee’s continued disappointment, we ended up hiking around the Yellowstone National Park chewing on the offensively-sweet Power and Clif Bars.  But the lesson learned from my failed research didn’t go to waste; after a series of experiments I have discovered an obsession-worthy, healthily cheriliciously chocolaty Cucee-approved desert.

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles

Very Cherry Chocolaty Larabar Truffles

For my chocolate-obsessed partner in crime

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dark sugar-free baking chocolate (I use chocolate disks from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup Organic Prunes
  • 2 cups Organic Dry Cherries
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Cognac or Grand Marnier Liqueur

Optional Garnish:

  • Cinnamon, ground
  • Cocoa powder
  • Finely chopped toasted almonds
  • Coconut flakes

Directions

  1. Mix all 5 ingredients in a food processor until mixture is ground thoroughly
  2. Roll mixture into balls. Each ball should be about 1-inch in diameter
  3. Roll truffle balls in either cinnamon, cocoa powder, almonds or coconut for a pretty presentation. This is optional
  4. Lay out a sheet of wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store covered in a refrigerator
Prune, Almond and Cinnamon Truffles

Prune, Almond and Cinnamon Truffles with Berries and Powdered Sugar

And for those that want to watch their chocolate intake, here is a chocolate-free variation:

Prune, Almond and Cinnamon Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Organic Prunes (you can also use dates)
  • 1 cup whole almonds (or almond meal)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground

Optional Garnish:

  • Cinnamon, ground
  • Cocoa powder
  • Finely chopped toasted almonds
  • Coconut flakes

Directions

  1. Grind almonds first (or use almond meal if you want a less textured desert)
  2. Mix all 3 ingredients in a food processor until mixture is ground thoroughly
  3. Roll mixture into balls. Each ball should be about 1-inch in diameter
  4. Roll truffle balls in either cinnamon, cocoa powder, almonds or coconut for a pretty presentation. This is an optional step
  5. Lay out a sheet of wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store covered in a refrigerator
Truffles

Prune, Almond and Cinnamon Truffles with Coconut Flakes

Wine pairing

I recently made an unexpected discovery at a local Sonoma winery.   Dark chocolate pairs with Cabs in an explosive harmony, making you scream for more. One of my favorite Cabs to fuel such an explosion is Merryvale Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon. Try the pairing of the two and let me know how you like it!

Truffles

Various Truffles

Truffles

Various Truffles

Truffles

Various Truffles

Truffles

Various Truffles

Truffles

Prune, Almond and Cinnamon Truffles with Coconut Flakes

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  • Lera August 30, 2011, 4:42 PM

    These were SO good! Thank you for bringing them to my house!

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