It’s Almost Valentine’s Day!
What is the best part of Valentine’s Day?! The chocolate, of course!
I’m kidding! Slightly….
But seriously, one of the best things about Valentine’s Day is coming up with lots of fun sweet treats to give the ones we love.
This year, my friend, Kathleen, and I were talking about making chocolate truffles. She brought up an amazing flavor combination that I had to try… orange, rosemary and black pepper.
This is one of the coolest things about knowing a pastry chef like Kathleen – they always come up with awesome flavor combos!
Now, you may be thinking “I don’t know about this whole sweet-and-savory-in-one-bite kinda thing…”
Well, let me tell you ….. this flavor combo is AMAZING!
The orange zest gives a bright citrusy flavor, which contrasts so perfectly with the deep woodsy, earthy tones from the rosemary, with just a hint of spice from the black pepper.
Now pair these flavors with the rich, creamy, unctuousness of a dark chocolate truffle… divine!
This Valentine’s Day treat is a cinch to make too. Just one bowl, 5 ingredients, and you have yourself some homemade gourmet truffles, right in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Tips for Making Truffles
Making these easy low-sugar truffles is actually really simple. But there are a few tips and tricks to help make this foolproof!
Here’s a few tips to making these truffles:
- Melt the chocolate chips into the coconut cream very gently i.e. don’t let the water in the pot boil and touch the bowl! This will cause the chocolate to scorch and the truffles won’t be smooth and creamy.
- Crush the rosemary sprigs into little tiny pieces to ensure that the rosemary permeates through the entire truffle batter.
- Cool the truffles till it gets to the texture of a thick cookie batter. You can do this in the fridge or freezer, but don’t let it get too cold! Otherwise, you will have to warm the batter back up to get it to be moldable.
- While rolling the truffles into balls, if you feel like the balls are getting really sticky, put the truffle batter and balls back in the fridge to cool down again. Then you can continue making the balls or dipping them into your toppings, once the batter/balls have cooled down.
Wanna see how to make these truffles? Check out my Facebook Live video where I make these truffles in my kitchen.
Easy Low-Sugar Truffles
I love how easy this recipe is! It is also super versatile. You can add whatever flavorings to the truffle batter that you like, if you want to try something other than orange, rosemary and black pepper. I love the combo of peppermint and chocolate, or berries and chocolate or even ancho chile powder and chocolate. Be creative! And really make these truffles your own!
Whatever flavor you choose to make, these truffles would look amazing boxed up, tied with a ribbon and given to someone you love. Or kept for yourself…. lol 😜
Also, check out these other awesome Valentine’s Day recipes:
Make sure to pin this recipe for later too!
A quick and easy truffle recipe, made low sugar and infused with bold orange zest, rosemary and a hint of black pepper
- 1 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips, such as Lily's
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary. crushed in your fingertips
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1 tbsp monkfruit sweetener with 1/4 tsp orange extract mixed in
Over a double boiler (a pot with a couple inches of water in it), place a heatproof bowl and add the chocolate chips and coconut cream. Gently heat the cream and chocolate chips till the chocolate chips are melted, and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
Add in the orange zest, rosemary and black pepper. Stir well.
Cool the truffle batter, in the fridge or freezer, till the batter consistency is like thick cookie batter.
Scoop a tablespoon of the batter and roll into a smooth ball. Repeat with the remaining batter.
If desired, roll the truffles in your choice of toppings till evenly coated all over.
Make sure to look at the tips and tricks section in the blog post.
Keel leftovers in an airtight container for up to one week