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As promised, here in quick succession after last week's Ferrero Rocher Choc Hazelnut Truffles, is my other favourite balled recipe of the moment, a Chocolate Orange Truffle (to check out the Ferrero's click here). I've spoken about my love of combining raw cacao with orange before, given the glorious harmonies between the nutrients in each of these foods. In particular, raw cacao is extremely high in iron, containing three times as much as beef and lamb per 100g (would you believe!). However it's iron of the plant or non-heme kind, meaning that it's not as easily absorbed as iron from animal flesh. In comes our friend, vitamin C.

Vitamin C, sourced from the likes of oranges, kiwifruit, as well as some lesser known superfood fruits such as Gubinge and Camu Camu, greatly enhances the absorption of non-heme iron. It doesn't hurt that the flavours of Chocolate and Orange also work brilliantly together (mother nature does often get it right doesn't she!).

Chocolate Orange Truffles

However don't just stop at the humble Orange, I've supercharged this recipe with the addition of two relatively unknown superfoods - Gubinge and Camu Camu. Between the two of these fruits, they contain over 60 times the vitamin C of Oranges! Although remember, superfoods aren't just some fancy set of ingredients only found and consumed on Mars. Instead I like to think of superfoods as any food that contains super human properties in the nutrient stakes. So that includes Gubinge and Camu Camu, but also refers to the humble Broccoli and Tomato!

Gubinge is actually the local tribal name of a version of the Kakadu Bush Plum, grown in the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Our Gubinge is wild crafted and wild harvested by the local Nyul Nyul people, and then processed by one of our favourite companies, Loving Earth, who give all profits from the sale of the product back to the local Nyul Nyul community. So awesome.

The wildcrafted nature of this particular Gubinge also means it contains a whopping 13% Vitamin C, the highest verified natural source of Vitamin C on the planet. One tiny 3g serving provides you with 390mg of Vitamin C, almost 6 times the amount found in a whole orange. What’s more, since Gubinge is a whole food in its natural form, your body can absorb the nutrients contained within much more effectively than a synthetic supplement, which has had the other phytonutrients (plant-nutrients) essential for absorption, removed. This makes Gubinge's overall effectiveness in terms of Vitamin C punch incomparable to synthetic isolated pills you'll find in the chemist.

Chocolate Orange Truffles

Camu Camu meanwhile comes in a very close second in the global Vitamin C stakes, at 12%. In contrast however it comes from the other side of the South Pacific Ocean, in the Amazonian planes of Peru. Also a plum looking fruit, it is around 2cm in diameter and has a purplish red skin with a yellow pulp. Camu Camu has traditionally been used by local Peruvians to strengthen the immune system, ward off viral infections, and help maintain optimal health, especially under conditions of stress and anxiety (we could all do with a bit of that). It can promote energy and vitality in people with chronic immune dysfunction, and also help detoxify the body. It also contains loads of goodness in the form of bioflavonoids, amino acids serine, valine, and leucine (the building blocks of protein), plus considerable quantities of B vitamins.

Onto the tasty stuff. These truffles are as always super easy to make. If you don't have Gubinge or Camu Camu on hand you can order a few jars for your pantry here. You could make them without, you just won't get the full benefits of that Vitamin C triple whammy.

As with most of my tasty sweet treats, these are able to last in your freezer for up to 3 months. Although they generally only last in our freezer for a few days!

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and let's say goodbye to next winter's cold! I would love to hear what you think below or over on my Facebook page.

x Buffy-Ellen

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Chocolate Orange Truffles

Chocolate Orange Truffles

RawVeganVegetarianPaleoDairy FreeGluten FreeWheat FreeSugar FreeSoy FreeContains Organic IngredientsCruelty Free

 Makes 25

Make with

All of the items below can be purchased from our online store, simply click on each ingredient link to add to your shopping cart

Always use certified organic ingredients where possible

1c cashews (dried activated*)
1c desiccated coconut
1c oats
3/4c dates
1/4c raisins
1/3c cacao powder
2 tbsp gubinge/camu camu powder
1 orange (zest, juice and flesh)
1/4 tsp rock/sea salt
1 tbsp cacao butter (melted)

To Roll In
1/3c raw cacao powder

c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon

* Use dried activated cashews if you have them on hand, otherwise raw will also work great.

How to
  1. Put the oats in your food processor and blend until a relatively fine flour, then add cashews and coconut and blend again until fine.
  2. Add dates one by one whilst the motor is running through the hole in the top, then add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Scoop out tablespoons full, roll into balls, then pop into a flat bowl containing the second measure of raw cacao powder. Once you've got a bowl full (i.e. 4-6 balls), shake the bowl gently to cover them, using your fingers to roll them over if needs be.
  4. Once all balls are done, place in the freezer for at least an hour or two to firm up (or overnight), and store in the freezer going forward too.
  • Gubinge is slightly sweet, camu is slightly tangy - you can use either, or a tablespoon of both if you like.
  • For a completely gluten free version, you can substitute the oats for sesame seeds.
  • Dried activated cashews are slightly more digestible, and more crunchy that raw, so if you have them in your cupboard pre made use them. Otherwise raw cashews will also work fine.
  • You can substitute the cashews for almonds for another option.
  • For a nut free version, swap the cashews for sesame or sunflower seeds - the flavour will be slightly different of course but still delicious.
  • If your mixture is a bit soft, pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up before rolling.
  • Chocolate Orange Truffles

    Buffy Ellen
    Buffy Ellen


    Buffy is the founder of Be Good Organics, and loves creating delicious yet simple plant-based whole foods recipes. Buffy also oversees our Be Good Organics online store, full of plant based goodies that she personally uses and loves. Sign up for our newsletter below to be the first to receive her weekly recipes.

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