Written by: Christina Dauer, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: at least 30 minutes
Makes: 16 servings
½ cup whole strawberries (about 4 large)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
½ cup freeze-dried strawberries (can be found at Target or Trader Joe’s)
1-2 tablespoons 1% milk (or your favorite unsweetened milk alternative), if needed
- Add the strawberries to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and liquid (should yield slightly more than ¼ cup of puree).
- Add the cocoa powder to a small bowl. Measure the cocoa powder like you would flour – spoon the powder into the measuring cup until it is overflowing, then drag the flat backside of a knife across the top to level it.
- Pour the strawberry puree and maple syrup into the small bowl. Stir until everything is completely incorporated. This takes quite a bit of effort, consider hand mixing. If the cocoa powder has not mixed into the other ingredients after a few minutes of stirring, add a tiny bit of milk, ½ teaspoon at a time, until the mixture comes together into a dough-like consistency.
- Chill the chocolate mixture for at least 30 minutes (if chilling longer than 2 hours, cover the top of the bowl with foil or plastic wrap to prevent the mixture from drying out)
- Line an airtight container with wax or parchment paper.
- Immediately before taking the mixture out of the refrigerator, add the freeze-dried strawberries to a zip-locked bag. Press out the air and seal. Add that back to another zip-locked bag, press air from that bag, and seal. Gentry crush the strawberries with a rolling pin, pan or plate until the turn to a fine powder. Transfer to small bowl.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from the refrigerator and roll into 16 small balls. After shaping each truffle, roll each truffle in the freeze-dried strawberry powder and place in an airtight container, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serving Size: 1 truffle
Calories: 33, Fat: 1g, Protein: 1g, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 1g, Sodium: 0mg
These brilliant, red truffles are the perfect eye-catching dessert for your next party! The chocolate flavor is rich – like eating 72% dark chocolate. They’ll keep for at least a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you would like a sweeter version, you can add ½ to 1 teaspoon of stevia with the maple syrup. Alternatively, substitute additional maple syrup for an equal amount of the strawberry puree; however, they will not have as strong of a strawberry flavor.