Cherry Ripe Balls (Paleo, Vegan)


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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Cherry Ripe Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 20
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
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Calories: 215kcal
This recipe has been slightly amended from the original. I have taken out the macadamia nuts and reduced the amount of cherries for simplicity.


  • 2.5 cups cherries pitted and tinned, I used Marco Polo cherries in natural juice
  • 2 cups hazelnut meal or almond meal, ground
  • 2 tablespoons quality maple syrup or honey
  • 1.5 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 dark chocolate dairy-free, 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 it’s a 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.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: Snacks, Paleo, Kid-friendly, Bliss balls, raw energy balls, Grain-Free, Raw
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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  1. I can vouch for these… they are amazing!!! Great job Irena, will definitely be trying to make these 🙂

  2. 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?

  3. This sounds lovely, but I keep rereading the recipe for when to add the coconut oil? Thank you!

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. 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.


  7. I want to make these but a nut-free version. What can I use as substitutes for the macadamia nuts and hazelnut meal please?

  8. 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?

    1. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. Would cacao powder work in the actual balls, instead of rolling them in chocolate, do you think? Thanks

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