Goji Cranberry Truffles Paleo GAPS

Goji Berry-Cranberry Truffles! (GAPS & Paleo)

Megan Treats, Whole Food Recipes 39 Comments

 

Truffle Close UpThese truffles are filled with coconut “manna,” what the vegan raw community uses for a caramel-white chocolate type effect.  It’s dreamy for its mouth-feel, flavor, and even its health properties.

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I don’t have much of sweet tooth anymore, having been on a healing diet for over 4 years.  But these Goji Truffle Steam Potgot me: so yummy, so tempting. Our kids wanted to keep eating them- even just the filling.  The goji filling is amazing!

I chose to sweeten the first batch I made with a combination of hardwood-derived xylitol (here’s the one I like) and local honey.  We like the benefits of both sweeteners and by using both together you gain the following advantages:

  • Neither the flavor of honey nor xylitol come through; you get the sweetness without the sweetener itself distracting.
  • Xylitol is a prebiotic, which means it’s food for probiotics; and it’s antibacterial.  You get the health benefits of this sweetener. It’s not technically Paleo or GAPS; so leave it out and use the alternatives suggested below if you prefer. For those struggling with candida overgrowth or diabetes, it can be a good option.
  • Of course, honey’s great!  Antibacterial and rich in antioxidants, honey is also used in the chocolate shell coating.
  • By using hardwood xylitol, you eat less “sugar” during the holidays, when most bodies are already having a heavy dose.

If you wish to make substitutions, coconut sugar and maple syrup can also be used in this recipe. I made following batches with coconut sugar in place of the xylitol. For a wholly GAPS version, use honey alone.

Have fun making these as gifts or for a special occasion.

Goji-Cranberry Truffles (Sugar & Dairy-free)

Ingredients

  • Filling Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut butter, also called "manna"
  • 3/4 cup organic cranberries, frozen is fine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 2 T. coconut sugar or hardwood-derived xylitol
  • 1 T. local raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • Chocolate Coating Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fair trade cocoa
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, (measure it melted)
  • 1/4 cup local, raw honey
  • 1/4 cup high-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; and prepare a space in your freezer for the cookie sheet.
  2. Place the water and cranberries in a small saucepan and bring them to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes. Turn the heat off and add the goji berries, stirring them in. Place a lid over the pot and allow the goji berries to steam and plump for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and allow the berry mixture to cool to room temperature.
  5. Place all the filling ingredients into a food processor or high-powered blender: cooled berries, coconut butter and sweeteners.  (If you use a blender, you will have to stop and start it more often to break the air bubble [with your spatula] that can form by the blade with thick mixtures.  It will work; you just have to keep at it.) Puree the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture.
  6. Place your mixing bowl or blender in the refrigerator for 15 minutes; then scoop the filling into rounded mounds on your lined cookie sheet.
  7. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer while you make the chocolate coating.
  8. Place all your chocolate coating ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk them together well.
  9. Place the pan over the lowest heat setting for up to 1 minute, whisking constantly, just to warm the ingredients and the pan briefly, until you see the stiff chocolate "loosen" and relax to a shiny, smooth, satiny finish.  Remove it from the heat immediately and get ready to dip!
  10. Using two forks, quickly dip each truffle ball into the chocolate, roll it around, and replace it on the cookie sheet.  (If the chocolate starts getting too thick or cold, just put it over the low heat, whisking, very briefly again; and then resume the dipping.)
  11. As the chocolate begins to dry on the top of each truffle, garnish it with either a sprinkling of coconut sugar or xylitol or a goji berry.
  12. When all the truffles are dipped, place them in the freezer. Wrap your truffles and store them either in the fridge or freezer.
http://eatbeautiful.net/2014/11/17/goji-cranberry-truffles-sugar-dairy-free-a-christmas-diy-gift-or-for-any-special-occasion/

  • emilysv

    These look so good! Thanks for sharing them with us. Sharing them tomorrow.

  • These look amazing! Love the idea of combining cranberries and goji!

  • Thanks!! 🙂

  • What a decadent surprise! I know someone would love to receive these as a gift. You will know for sure that they were made in love. Pinned. =)

  • Oh my!!! What an awesome recipe – combining two favorite foods – goji berries and truffles! I am totally pinning this and making it this weekend! Love love love it!

  • Ummm.. hellooooo delicious-ness. Anything with the word “truffle” included makes my heart skip a beat!

  • Those looks amazing. Mmmm.

  • Oh my yum! LOVE truffles. ALL the truffles. I gave up on Goji berries so I’ll have to resurrect them from the dead, hehe! Thanks for the great recipe! -Rama

  • What a fun idea! My girls would freak out if i made these! Ha!

  • Thanks for sharing! <3

  • My husband in Mongolian. They grow lots of goji berries in Mongolia. They are strongly aphrodisiac. So much so that there is a Mongolian saying, “If you are going on a journey in the countryside without your wife, don’t eat the goji berries!” LOL! I’m not joking!!! Mongolians are hilarious.

    These truffles look delicious!

  • Ack!!! You just made my night. I have been looking for a great recipe to incorporate goji berries…this is IT! My son *loves* goji berries. Funny story…one night my toddler was having a rough night of sleep. I went in to check on him. He said he wanted goji berries (he was still half asleep). I giggled a little and said, “Goji berries?” He said, “Yes. I want goji berries…in a bowl. I want ALL of the goji berries, Mommy.” LOL!

    So, I’ve been searching for new ways to use them for us and this sweet treat sounds perfect. Goji berry truffles…perfect. Thank you for sharing! I’ll report back after I make them for him (…for us). 😉

  • Oh my goodness. Looks like heaven. 🙂

  • Love the story!! Those little cuties, they say the best things. I’ll love hearing back after you’ve made them!! 🙂

  • Great story!! Sounds like these would make a great present for a spouse! 🙂

  • Goji Berries, Chocolate and Sugar-free are some of my favorite things. I am definitely going to have to try this.

  • These truffles look Divine!!

  • Aw, thanks, yay!!

  • I just love everything goji berry! These look delicious!

  • thefoodhunter

    I’ve never tried it but now I want to .

  • Lindsey

    This recipe is strangely similar to some recipes I just put out… 🙂 LOL

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    Such a special treat … beautiful homemade truffles, yum!

  • linda spiker

    These look like such a decadent holiday treat! Pinned.

  • Renee Kohley

    Super fun! My girls would love this!

  • Megan Stevens

    My kids sure do! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Linda!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Emily!

  • Megan Stevens

    Really? Does that mean you just made this recipe? 🙂 Or are we on the same wavelength?

  • Megan Stevens

    Great! They are delicious and lovely!

  • Megan Stevens

    Me too!

  • Yum! I love coconut butter and goji berries, but have never cooked with xylitol; however, it’s in my clay toothpaste. 😉 What does it taste like?

  • Megan Stevens

    It is very sweet. All by itself it is cold. If you add too much to a recipe I would say there is metallic quality, although that’s metaphorical and subjective, and someone else may disagree. I like to use it in small measure, so it sweetens without being noticeable. Using it with one other sweetener is also ideal, as with this recipe.

  • Thank you for taking the time to explain that to me! Sounds like something I would definitely just as a bit of to a recipe, so your advice is great!

  • Megan Stevens

    I’m so glad it was helpful. 🙂 <3

  • Raia Torn

    Ohhh yum. Definitely going to have to get all these ingredients together and give this a try. 🙂 Thanks for sharing them at Savoring Saturdays, Megan!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Raia! You and your family will love them. 🙂

  • These look amazing! I am featuring them tomorrow night on Savoring Saturdays!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you! I’m so glad!

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