Growing up I was never a fan of the chocolate-orange combo. It was weird and that was that. But then, just a few years ago, I met a chocolate orange cake. That chocolate orange cake changed my baking life. I now do it to death – it’s a total party addiction!
In the last couple weeks, inspired by a pile of homegrown oranges bestowed upon us by friends; I let fly on various recipes of said combo. I can’t go further without saying that Orange-Choc Chip Donuts deserve an honourable mention; they’re going on this week’s menu plan for sure! But a real crowd pleaser (several times in a row) has been these Fudgy Choc-Orange Truffles…
Truffles are a wonderful, easy snack, perfect to take along to a morning tea or give as a gift 🙂 These ones a super easy throw-everything-together-in-the-processor-and-mix-in-one-go kind of variation. Simple. The ground almonds give it a nice fudgy texture and the orange zest provides that glorious fresh zing! Oranges are in season now, so if you’re a fan then I’d definitely recommend a crack at these bad boys.
Fudgy Choc-Orange Truffles (Bliss Balls) Makes 40-50 truffles depending on preferred size
1&1/4 cups dates, soaked overnight in water then drained (reserve the liquid incase you need to soften the mixture further)
1 cup ground almond
1&1/2 cups desiccated coconut
5 tbsp cocoa or cacao
zest of 2 fresh oranges, plus the juice of 1
pinch of salt
extra ground almond, desiccated coconut, or cocoa to coat (about 1/2 cup)
Place the first six ingredients in your food processor and blitz until it comes together in a not-too-mushy, not-too-dry mixture – you want it to be rollable. If it’s too dry, add in a dash of the reserved liquid from soaking the dates. If it’s too wet, add in a sprinkle more ground almond or desiccated coconut.
Scoop the mixture out into a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour or so to firm up slightly more.
Remove from the fridge, roll into walnut sized balls and coat in the desiccated coconut, ground almond, or cocoa – whatever takes your fancy!
Refrigerate or freeze when not consuming 🙂