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August 5, 2019

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

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


  1. Add the strawberries to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and liquid (should yield slightly more than ¼ cup of puree).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. Line an airtight container with wax or parchment paper.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 1 truffle

Calories: 33, Fat: 1g, Protein: 1g, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 1g, Sodium: 0mg

Nutrition Tip:

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.

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