Dark Chocolate Cherry Bomb Truffles

June 24, 2017

Cherry Ripe are a classic childhood treat that are chocolate-smothered on the outside and filled with moist coconut and cherry on the inside. For a healthier Paleo and Vegan friendly twist, this recipe uses fresh cherries, pink Dragon Fruit Powder (for the vibrant color), and raw dark chocolate. You only need 6-ingredients to whip up a batch of these better-for-you truffles that can be stocked in your freezer (Yes, they freeze well!).

cherry ripe truffles on baking tray
cherry ripe truffles on baking tray

My favourite time of the year is when fresh cherries appear at the markets. And we all know when cherries and chocolate meet, magic happens! Sweet and juicy cherries pair perfectly with the bitter notes of dark chocolate.

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One of the benefits of following a whole foods lifestyle is the quality of the ingredients used in most recipes. Not only are they super delicious but also a great source of nutrients. Pink Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya, is known for its many health benefits. It boasts a healthy dose of antioxidants (cherries do too) and essential fatty acids. Coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

cherry ripe truffles topped with pitaya powder
cherry ripe truffles topped with pitaya powder

These raw cherry bomb truffles are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and perfect to fix that 'sweet craving'!

  • antioxidant-rich
  • no bake
  • nut free
  • low sugar
  • plant-based
  • paleo
  • vegan
  • easy to make

I can't wait for you to try these. If you love homemade truffles, you might also like my Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles.

PIN Cherry Bomb Truffles
PIN Cherry Bomb Truffles


Dark Chocolate Cherry Bomb Truffles

Dark Chocolate Cherry Bomb Truffles
Dark Chocolate Cherry Bomb Truffles

If you love Cherry Ripe candy these better-for-you cherry bomb truffles packed with dark chocolate and fresh cherries will definitely hit the spot.

  • Author: Zoe
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: chill for 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 18 1x


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For the truffles

  • 2½ cups desiccated coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup fresh cherries, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp pitaya powder (I used Just Blends)
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice

For the chocolate coating

  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Add cherries, maple syrup, coconut oil, and lime juice to a food processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add desiccated coconut and pitaya powder and process again until well combined.
  3. Roll the mixture into small balls using your hands and set them on a lined cookie sheet.
  4. Place in the freezer for 1/2 hour or until they are firm.
  5. For the chocolate coating, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
  6. Remove the truffles from the freezer and insert a skewer through the middle (don’t poke through them).
  7. One by one dip them into the chocolate coating and place in the fridge to set.
  8. Dust with pitaya powder (optional).


Tip: You can double coat your truffles with leftover chocolate once the first layer has dried.

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