With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re sure you’re scrambling to find the best dishes to make for your special someone… or for your special date with House of Cards. Nothing screams Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate does. We pulled out all the stops with these no-bake Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles. At 28 calories each (!), these truffles are relatively healthy (and can be adapted to fit in to any person’s diet—vegan, gluten-free, etc.) but still incredibly rich, so you don’t feel you’re indulging too much. They only have five ingredients, so there’s very little prep time involved; there is, however, a little bit of waiting between preparing the mixture and enjoying the truffles. The anticipation makes these chocolatey treats taste that much better, trust us. We’ll explain.
This dessert is a Valentine’s Day must. Check out the recipe after the jump.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles (makes 16 truffles)
(adapted from Food for the Soul)
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we used Hershey’s)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 3 tablespoons of honey (swap in agave if you want to make these vegan)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 16 small raspberries, clean and dry
Mix the cocoa powder, apple sauce, honey, and vanilla extract in a bowl until the mixture is smooth and has a pudding-like consistency. Pop the bowl in the fridge and chill for at least an hour. (You can keep it in the fridge for up to three days, but we counted down the minutes until we could move onto the next step.)
While you wait, watch an hour-long episode of your favorite TV show. We watched the Westminster Dog Show.
Making the truffles:
Remove the bowl from the fridge. Divide the mixture into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, place on a piece of wax paper, and then flatten each ball (so you can put the raspberry in!).
After you flatten the chocolate, place a raspberry at the center of each truffle, and fold the chocolate up around the raspberry in the center. Repeat with the remaining chocolates.
If you so desire, take the completed truffles and roll them in cocoa powder before sticking them in the fridge to cool for another hour. The additional cocoa powder packs a flavorful punch and gives the truffles great texture.
Enjoy and indulge guilt-free! And Happy Valentine’s Day!