Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

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Rich luxurious truffles with a juicy raspberry center. An easy 5-ingredient recipe for skinny, guilt-free candies!


My guy and I nearly skipped our first Valentine’s Day together. It was my senior year of college, and my Pharmaceutical Chemistry professor forgot to check her calendar before scheduling our one-and-only midterm of the quarter for February 15. Without any homework assignments for padding, that single exam dictated almost half of our grade, so I spent the entire day before glued to my chair at the dining room table, papers sprawled out across the surface, pencils and colorful highlighters in hand.  

As I silently memorized my painstakingly recopied notes and worked through 8 chapters of suggested textbook problems, my guy drove across town to Trader Joe’s, fighting through the crowds of college kids loading their carts with Two-Buck Chuck. He arrived back at my apartment around dusk and quietly commandeered my kitchen as I meticulously drew out mechanisms.

A quick aside… My guy actually hates cooking and practically avoids it like the plague. When we first started dating, he ate almost all of his meals out, and on the rare occasion he stayed home, he microwaved a frozen entrée instead. Aside from bottles of ketchup, mustard, and soda, his refrigerator looked as barren as the day he moved in!

He also dreads washing dishes more than cooking. Before I came along, he’d let the plates and cups pile up next to his sink over the course of an entire month, and after he finally used the last fork and spoon, he’d don rubber gloves to vigorously scrub away the grime. I immediately volunteered for kitchen duty just to ensure I’d always have a clean set of silverware at his place!

Despite his carnivore-style diet (meat, potatoes, and more meat), he created a completely veggie-centric Valentine’s Day menu for me. As I paused and shoved my papers to one side of the table for a study break, he brought over two bowls of homemade salad—dressing on the side, the way I always order it!—and a platter of steamed artichokes. After slowly savoring the greens, he plated two servings of spinach ravioli, topped with extra tomato sauce (my favorite part of any pasta dish!) that he doctored with fresh rosemary and oregano, plus a side of oversized slices of soft artisan French bread for my carb-loving heart.

Cutest Valentine’s Day gift ever.

To finish off the evening, he cleared away the dishes and, due to my dysfunctional dishwasher, picked up the sponge to wash every one by hand. As the pots and pans dried in the sink, he wiped down the countertops and stove, placing the leftovers in Tupperware and back in the fridge, until the entire kitchen looked as spotless as before he arrived.

Although probably not much to the outside observer, my toes still tingle when I remember that meal, more than from any expensive 5-star restaurant dinner or long-stemmed red roses. (And I aced my exam the next day too!)

Just like that special Valentine’s Day, these truffles include a sweet surprise—fresh raspberries! The juicy centers contrast beautifully against the smooth dark chocolate coating, and each oversized candy only contains 28 calories. That’s less than a single Reese’s miniature peanut butter cup!

Moreover, these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles fit into virtually every diet: clean-eating, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, chocoholic… Yes, chocoholism counts as a diet. Trust me; with how often I indulge, I practically define it!

You only need 5 ingredients for these sweets, most of which you already own! Cocoa powder, applesauce, honey, vanilla, and raspberries. Just like with my other peppermint truffles, you cannot taste the applesauce! It simply acts as the glue to hold the truffle together instead of calorie-laden heavy cream.

Note: For vegan truffles, substitute agave instead of honey. It won’t affect the taste or texture.

Put away your stovetop pots and double boilers—unlike regular truffles, these skinny ones don’t require heating because they don’t use cream! Just add everything except the raspberries to a bowl and stir until combined. Seriously, it’s that easy. Then pop the bowl in the fridge to chill for at least an hour, or up to a few days.

Do not skip the chilling step. The mixture will be pretty tacky after you first finish mixing and sticks to your hands if you try rolling it into balls. I shaped mine after only 30 minutes in the fridge, but a fair amount still clung to my palms after shaping the lot. Oh well, more for me to lick sample, right?

Before removing the chocolate mixture from the fridge, make sure your raspberries are clean and dry. The cocoa doesn’t like to stick to the berries when they’re wet! To form each truffle, roll a portion of the chocolate mixture into a sphere, flatten it slightly, and press a raspberry into the center. Roll it back into a ball around the berry, and place the finished truffle onto a sheet of wax paper. (The wax paper makes clean-up much easier!)

To help the truffles maintain their round shape, leave them in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Chilling also really brings out the raspberry flavor; its sweet fruitiness positively shines and they taste even juicier!

With their deep luxurious outsides and bright berry centers, these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles possess the sinful decadence of See’s candies and Godiva chocolates—but none of the guilt! Each oversized truffle contains just 28 calories, compared to the 80+ calories in each one of the brand-name treats. With only 5 simple ingredients, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or any “just because I’m a chocoholic” day.

Which is basically every day in my book!


Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Yield: 16 truffles

Serving Size: 1 truffle

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

These truffles are incredibly rich and very dark. They don’t taste healthy at all! They’re the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or any “just-because” occasion. Leave the truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve; it helps maintain their shape and really brings out the bright fruity flavors!

1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
½ c unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract
16 small raspberries, clean and dry

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cocoa, applesauce, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  2. Divide the chocolate mixture into 16 pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll into a ball; then flatten into a circle. Place a raspberry into the center, and fold the chocolate up around the sides. Roll back into a ball, and place on a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with the remaining chocolate and berries. Chill until ready to serve.

Note: For a vegan version, substitute agave in place of the honey.


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  1. Mel G @ Crafty Cupcakes says on January 23, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I love this recipe. I’ve only ever seen/made truffles with heavy cream. I love that the center of this is a raspberry. I would imagine any kind of berry would work well here. Great idea!

    • Amy says on January 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Mel! I bet your right, especially with blueberries and blackberries. I might cut strawberries into smaller pieces to place in the center; most of the ones at my local grocery store are humongous!

  2. Kim Hood says on January 23, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Amy, these look divine! I love the story of your first Valentine’s Day with your guy. I could never imagine my HH ever doing anything close to that (although, he makes up for it in other ways). Your guy sounds like a keeper! Any guy who would go to such lengths out of his comfort zone is worthy of being “cooked for” many times over. Maybe give him a box of these delicious treats? Chocolate with raspberries – always a hit with me! :-)
    Happy Day!

    • Amy says on January 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Aww thank you Kim! It’s great that your HH treats you well using his own special love language. That’s one of the best parts of relationships — each one is special and unique in its own little way! Since he isn’t a huge chocolate fan, I think my guy might prefer just the raspberries; he immediately ate the rest of of the container after I washed the 16 I needed for this recipe! 😉

  3. Danny says on January 23, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Amy, you had me at truffles and then I saw the raspberry in the center – wow! These look amazing. So glad I’m only looking at this through the screen or else I’d devour the entire bunch :)

    • Amy says on January 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Danny! I had the same temptation, so I immediately boxed up all but 3 to take to my neighbor’s. I would’ve skipped both lunch and dinner if I kept them all for myself!

  4. Katy says on January 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

    These look so good – I am definitely making them for Valentine’s Day. You gave me some inspiration in your story. I just thought that my mom would probably enjoy them more than my husband… :) Thanks for the recipe!

    • Amy says on January 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Katy! My mom (where I get my chocoholism from!) would love these truffles more than my guy too; he really isn’t much of a chocolate fan… Especially when it comes to dark chocolate. I hope you enjoy the truffles!

  5. Brittany says on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    AWW WHAT a cute story about your first VDAY together. These types of things are WAY more important to me than gifts!! These pop-able truffle bites look amazing.

    • Amy says on January 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Brittany! We aren’t too big on gifts, mainly because we usually run out of time to buy them. 😉 But since we both value spending time together more — that’s what happens when you throw together two people with super busy schedules! — the presents dodn’t really matter much to us.

  6. dina says on January 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    these sound like yummy chocolates!

    • Amy says on January 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Dina!

  7. Jamiella says on August 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    So I have to say, I was excited to try these and they did not turn out at all the way they were pictured. I did everything exactly as mentioned here, no substitutes at all. I’m not sure if it was the applesauce or the cocoa powder, but the mixture never came out smooth no matter how long I mixed it or at what speed. Then, even though I chilled it overnight, they never became stiff enough to roll into balls. I even tried freezing it for half an hour to no avail. I am wondering what type of ingredients you used here. Our cocoa powder is alkaline free (not dutch-processed), and so I’m wondering if that had an effect. We used trader joe’s brand unsweetened cocoa powder and applesauce, and organic wild honey. Now I have a container of chocolate mush in my fridge, and I have no idea how to fix it :(

    • Amy says on August 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      I’m so sorry Jamiella; that must have been really disappointing! I used regular smooth unsweetened applesauce, regular unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutched), and generic honey that comes in a squeeze bottle. I didn’t used a mixer, only a fork. If your honey was slightly more liquidy and not quite as thick, that could’ve done it. You could also try adding an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder to help thicken it. I’ve left the cocoa mixture in my fridge to chill for up to 3 days (I accidentally forgot about it!), and it really stiffened up after that time. It also helps to help it stiffen faster if you press it down into a thinner layer at the bottom of the bowl. Hopefully your next batch turns out perfectly!

  8. Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze says on February 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    What a great guy you have. 😉 That would be my favorite dinner ever! And then you got a A on your exam to top it off. Amazing! 😉 Just like these truffles. That raspberry in the middle is perfect. Love! 😉 Pinned.

    • Amy says on February 11, 2015 at 1:52 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and pin Cyndi! :)

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