Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

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A 5-ingredient recipe for large chocolate truffles with a fresh blueberry center. They taste as rich as store-bought ones, but they’re only 28 calories!

 

 

During my first quarter of graduate school, I taught a weekly lab class right after lunch. So every Tuesday just before noon, I slipped into the lab, drew my diagrams and directions on the white board before the students showed up, and left by 12:30 to hurriedly eat the food I brought from home.  

 

Located on the edge of campus, fairly close to the parking lot, very few people walked by the lab building, so I usually sat on a bench out back in the sunshine, right next to the arboretum where lots of green trees’ leaves rustled in the wind. It was my calm and peaceful period before I climbed back up to the third floor to prevent my students from shattering their glassware or setting themselves on fire.

 

 

As a chocoholic, I finished my lunch every day with a small square or two of dark, normally from Trader Joe’s. They sell little three-packs of various percentages up near the cash registers—perfect for tucking into purses or brown bag lunches.

 

But one week while at the huge chain grocery store in town, I noticed a new product by a different company on one of the end caps: dark chocolate blueberries. They looked like fresh fruit covered in dark chocolate—one of my favorite treats!—so I bought a bag.

 

That night, I opened the package to stick a few into a small Tupperware container to slip into my lunch, but I waited to try one until the following afternoon. With their fairly small size, no bigger than my thumbnail, I assumed the company used the itty bitty wild blueberries as the center. I bit halfway into one and…

 

 

Blueberry jam. Not the fresh blueberry I had been hoping for! It had the same consistency as a gumdrop, and it still tasted good—a regular natural flavor instead of the artificial candy taste—but still… Not quite what I wanted!

 

With my chocolate cravings spiraling out of control this week (chalk it up to moving stress!), I decided to finally make my own version—the one I really wanted. Except I put an even better twist on it…

 

 

I made them into truffles!

 

That’s right, these humongous Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles contain real fruit in the center! Surrounded by decadent fudgy chocolate, these healthier truffles taste every bit as indulgent as the ones you buy from See’s and Godiva. But mine are made with purely wholesome ingredients, so they fit into almost every single diet—gluten-free, vegan, clean-eating, and even paleo—and they’re only 28 calories each!

 

 

You just need 5 ingredients to make these truffles, all of which you probably store in your pantry already: cocoa powder, applesauce, honey, vanilla, and blueberries. That’s it—NO heavy cream! With nothing to heat (and no cream to accidentally scald), you simply mix together everything but the berries in a bowl and pop that into the fridge to chill.

 

The longer you chill the chocolate mixture, the easier it’ll be to roll the truffles into balls. Leave the chocolate mixture in the fridge for at least 1 hour, but if you have the patience to wait 4 to 8 hours (or even overnight), I highly recommend doing that! If you measure the cocoa powder correctly, the mixture will initially be very sticky, so chilling longer helps it firm up.

 

 

When choosing blueberries, pick the biggest, fattest ones you can find! See those up there in the photo? You want the one on the right, not the half-sized one on the left. The bigger and fatter the blueberries, the sweeter and juicier they’ll be. The smaller ones often have a little tartness to their taste, and with how dark the chocolate is, we want a really sweet center to pair with that!

 

 

When you roll out the truffles, set a small bowl of water nearby. If the chocolate mixture really sticks to your hands, dip a few fingers into the water, and rub the moisture on your palms. You just need a thin layer—don’t drench your hands! The moisture won’t entirely prevent the mixture from sticking to your palms, but it certainly makes it much easier to roll the truffles!

 

To fill each truffle with fruit, press your finger into the center to form a deep well. Stick the blueberry inside, fold up the edges, and gently roll it between your palms. The less you roll, the less it’ll stick to your hands. Then place the truffles on a sheet of wax paper, and chill them until they turn firm.

 

 

Rich and decadent, these skinny Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles are a chocoholic’s dream! They’re easy enough for everyday treats, but they taste fancy enough for a special occasion. But be warned—they’re seriously addictive. I polished off five in one day…

 

Time to make more!

 

 

If you like this recipe, then be sure to follow my Healthy Chocolate Lover’s Dream board on Pinterest!

 

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

Yield: 16 truffles

Serving Size: 1 truffle

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

These rich truffles are a chocolate lover’s dream! They’re extremely dark, and the sweet blueberry center pairs perfectly with the rich coating. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

1 c unsweetened cocoa powder (measured correctly)
½ c unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract
16 large blueberries, 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 2 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 blueberry 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.

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

If the chocolate mixture sticks too much to your hands while rolling into balls, moisten your palms with a few drops of water. The moisture won’t completely prevent the chocolate from sticking to your palms, but it’ll at least reduce the amount of leftover chocolate!

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Comments

  1. Julia says on August 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I hope your move goes smoothly! I know the treats from the store you’re talking about.. I never realized until recently that they’re not real fruit filled..I guess I was too busy inhaling them! I’m going to have to try these though!

    • Amy says on August 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Thank you so much Julia! I still inhaled those ones too. I remember trying both the blueberry and pomegranate, although I don’t recall which I liked better… As long as there’s dark chocolate involved, I’m happy! ;) I hope you like these truffles!

  2. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating says on August 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    You are officially my hero in the truffle making world and these are fantastic. Bam. Definitely pinning and want to make in the future!

    • Amy says on August 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and the pin Kaylin! If you try them, I really hope you like them!

  3. Mary Frances says on August 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve had the ones that use pomegranates or acai berries (I think) and love those. Please don’t leave me with a bag :) Oh, that version with the jam doesn’t sound very good at all … this homemade version looks and sounds so much better! This would help sanity levels, though I’m thankful I don’t have a classroom of students with glass and fire and what not! You have so many different talents Amy :)

    • Amy says on August 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I’ve had those pomegranate ones too… So addictive! ;) You’re too sweet Mary Frances; I just lived an interesting life before blogging, that’s all. For my sanity’s sake, I’m mainly glad those days are gone, but I had some of the sweetest students and still miss them!

  4. Justin says on August 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    My husband and I both love dark chocolate so I was very excited to try these. I followed the recipe to the T and unfortunately they were just way too bitter for us. The blueberries I used were very sweet and plump, but it didn’t make up for the bitterness of the cocoa. Not sure if there is something I should do differently? The recipe was very simple and I enjoyed making them.

    • Amy says on August 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I’m so sorry Justin; that must have been really disappointing! How did you measure the cocoa powder? Did you scoop it out of the container or lightly spoon it into the measuring cup and level with a knife? I’ve found that when I use the first method, I end up with 1.5 times as much cocoa powder, which makes the truffles taste much more bitter. (For a more detailed explanation, I dedicated an entire page to my Baking Basics.) Hopefully that helps so your next batch turns out perfectly!

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