These yummy cherry and coconut chocolate covered balls are a real treat with no guilt attached. I was inspired by the flavours and texture of everyone’s favourite cherry ripe chocolate bar. And although these truffle like balls look decadent and naughty, inside they are 100% grain-free, dairy-free, raw, vegan and with only natural sweetness from cherries and maple syrup. They are easy to make and if you don’t eat them all in one seating they will last for up to 5-6 days in the fridge.
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- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 20-22 balls 1x
- Category: Dessert
This recipe has been slightly amended from the original. I have taken out the macadamia nuts and reduced the amount of cherries for simplicity.
- 2 1/2 cups pitted tinned cherries (I used Marco Polo cherries in natural juice)
- 2 cups hazelnut or almond meal (ground)
- 2 tablespoons quality maple syrup or honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 cups desiccated coconut, unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil (you can leave it out but I take Omega-3’s wherever I can)
- 2/3 bar of dark, dairy-free chocolate grated – I used 85% dark chocolate from Alter Ego as it contains no dairy. You can use whatever you like as long as it has very little sugar. Otherwise you can coat the balls in raw cacao powder
- Drain the cherries and place in a food processor or a blender together with the nut meal, maple syrup and coconut oil. process until thick, consistent mixture. Transfer to a bowl.
- Mix in the coconut, and drizzle the flaxseed oil if using. Combine with a spoon or your hands until well incorporated. You should end up with a thick but slightly moist mixture.
- Using your hands, roll a small amount of the mixture into walnut size round balls. Spread a layer of grated chocolate on a wooden board or a flat plate. Roll the balls in chocolate until well coated and set aside on something flat like a cutting board or a tray.
- Cover with cling wrap or a towel and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Keep in an air-tight container or covered with cling wrap in the fridge for 5-6 days.
I can vouch for these… they are amazing!!! Great job Irena, will definitely be trying to make these 🙂
Looove these! Chocolate and cherries – I am IN!
Yum, these looks SO good, I’ll definitely be trying these very soon! Great blog by the way 🙂
Hi. Planning on making these this week! They look great. Sorry to ask a stupid question but when you say 2/3 of a bar is it an 80g bar?
It’s a larger bar, more like 150gm. I used Lindt dark chocolate bar.
This sounds lovely, but I keep rereading the recipe for when to add the coconut oil? Thank you!
Step 2! Sorry :/ I’ve updated, thanks 🙂
Do you have a list of Stockists – you have fab products like Alter Ego Chocolate and shaved coconut but I can’t find anywhere.
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was just thinking about some cherry ripe truffles and know I’ve found them! I can’t wait to give these a try – they look too yummy!
Did you use sour cherries for these or a different type? The only Marco Polo cherries my boyfriend could find were sour. He wants to make these this weekend but I want to make sure he’s got the right kind of cherry first!
Hi Catsie, the cherries are a little sour, it’s the right type. You could use fresh cherries too but you will have to take the pits out. Also, depends if those are in season.
I want to make these but a nut-free version. What can I use as substitutes for the macadamia nuts and hazelnut meal please?
I’ve just discovered this recipe which looks amazing! I’d love to make this in a nut-free version. What can I use to substitute the macadamia nuts and hazelnut meal please?
I would add more desiccated coconut and maybe some coconut flour. I’ll try making a nut free version (technically coconut is not a nut and generally safe for anyone with nut allergies).
Mmmm…Thanks for the great looking recipe! I featured it on my blog 🙂 http://www.colorfulcanary.com/2015/02/14-raw-chocolate-recipes-for-your.html
I have made these and loved them, going to make them again for a Christmas treat. Thank you
Thanks Chloe 🙂 Glad you liked them.
Can you include the recipe and instructions for the macadamia nut version, possibly the original recipe and nut-free? Do you grind up the macadamia nuts and add them? We love our macadamias.
Thank you so much for this arcetli, it saved me time!
Would cacao powder work in the actual balls, instead of rolling them in chocolate, do you think? Thanks