Almond Goji Berry Truffles

Ali Segersten Feb 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day! I wanted to share this luscious truffle recipe made with goji berries. The filling is a deep red color covered in dark chocolate. What could be better on a day like today? Oh, and it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to prepare!

I shared this recipe last Monday at my gluten-free dessert cooking class. Our goji berries were very dry so we decided to soak them for about 10 minutes in warm water. The filling turned to a watery mush! It was a great learning experience for me and the whole class! We started over with a fresh batch of very dry goji berries and it worked out. I was planning on saving this recipe for the next cookbook I'm working on right now, but I just couldn't resist sharing it with you today.

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GOJI BERRIES

Dried Goji Berries

My recipe testers have given me feedback on this recipe and one of them told me recently that she used raw almond butter which didn't hold the filling together very well and they turned into flat rounds instead of balls. I use a lightly roasted creamy almond butter when I make them. Having fresher, chewier goji berries also changed the outcome. Coconut nectar is thicker than maple syrup so this can also slightly change the outcome. I used maple syrup in the truffles pictured here, though I normally use coconut nectar, which is very thick. If you don't eat these all within a few days, feel free to freeze them and take one out at a time when a chocolate craving arises!

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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book.

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so nice!

I see that nobody has made a comment for quite some time, but I just had to write about my experience with this recipe! well i absolutely love them and have made this multiple times now. i dont add anything to the chocolate though as I ended up wasting 6 cups of chocolate chips the first time i made it! the extra ingredients didnt seem to agree with it no matter what i did. but i recently tried a variation of it that also turned out so delcious! I replaced the almond butter with peanut butter, the goji berries with coconut, the almond extract with 1/2 coconut 1/2 vanilla, and added 3 medjool dates to make it more sticky and moist since coconut is much drier than goji berries. So so good!

These are delicious! Made these as a belated v-day treat. I don't do cane sugar, so used your suggestions - melted 2oz (3/4 cup) chopped unsweetened chocolate with 1 Tbsp of coconut oil (probably could have been less though), 3 Tbsp maple syrup and ~8 drops stevia and some vanilla. Worked great! (Had leftover chocolate, so coated some raisins too. Yummy!) I'm curious if these will work with dried cranberries too, since goji berries are so spendy. I'll let you know if I try it. Thanks Ali!

Thanks for a fabulous recipe!!! I made them and everyone loved them, including my toddler! Can I suggest mixing the Goji berries alone first to as finely chopped as possible. That way you mix the cashew butter less and it releases less oil :)

Wow, these look amazing, I will be making them for valentine's day!!

Hi Jennifer L, I read your comment and am going to offer my 2 cents. I think that maybe your double boiler method is causing you the problems you mentioned. I am guessing a drop or two of water (from the vapor when you lift that bowl from the double boiler) might be getting into your chocolate and causing it to seize (clump up).
Try microwaving your chocolate in 30 seconds increments mixing every time in order to make sure the chocolate also stays properly tempered.
Another thing might be the "syrup" you mentioned to be adding to the chocolate, Did you add it at first or after the chocolate was melted? Adding liquid to melted chocolate is tricky as chocolate is finicky and seizes really easily.
DO you need to add syrup to your melted chocolate?
I hope this helps. Sorry if I am talking too much here. I just wanted to help you out!
I have made a few mistakes with chocolate myself, so I know how frustrating it can be. Plus I worked at a chocolate shop for two years making truffles and all things chocolate, so believe me when I say chocolate is finicky and also that I know how you feel. Chocolate is a wonderful medium to work with and I love it, but it can be frustrating at times!
Ana

Does anyone have any insight into what I am doing wrong with these? The filling is great. When I melt the chocolate in the bowl (in a pan of hot water) with the syrup (I've tried twice with two kinds of chocolate) it clumps up and becomes kind of a sticky mess. I was able to kind of smear it all over the truffle, but the end result wasn't terribly aesthetically pleasing. They are quite yummy though :-).

I put the gogi filling/balls in the freezer on a cookie sheet while the chocolate melted. They maintained their shape just great, I also added a pinch of sea salt and used maple syrup. So terrific, thank you!

Great recipe! I'm gonna try it really soon as I'm always looking for new ways to eat goji berries (among my fav superfoods!).
Thank you for sharing this.
I wrote an article on the health benefits of goji berries, check it out and let me know what do you think. I would really appreciate it!
http://www.theironyou.com/2011/05/lets-talk-about-goji-berries.html

Peace
Mike @TheIronYou

This recipe is really fantastic! I've made it a couple times now and have gotten excellent feedback. I used 100% chocolate and sweetened with a little stevia and coconut sugar. Thanks so much for this recipe!

These look amazing. Indulgent, but not overly so.

Wow, these look great! I am always looking for a new almond or Almond butter recipe since my husband and I have a small almond orchard and I eat a lot of almonds. I love getting your new recipes and if you are ever looking for truly raw almonds we're at homegrownalmonds.com ! Thanks, Rebecca

HOLY COW - Those look incredible!! Want to send me some? Haha.

these look and sound divine! i wish i saw this BEFORE valentine's day!

Will you be offering any more cooking classes soon???

Yum! These look amazing.

I've read about goji berries and how they are a superfood, but haven't tried them yet. Going to the health food store tomorrow, maybe they have some at a good price.

These look so good!

Wow, these sound like a perfect treat Ali. I love putting gojs in my shake but haven't tried them in anything else. I guess it's time!

Ali, those are absolutely gorgeous!! What a perfect looking treat!! I cannot wait to try these!!
And thanks so much for sharing my waffle recipe too, by the way.
Happy Valentine's Day!! Knowing Tom, I am sure he spoiled you rotten! ;)

These look fantastic! Bookmarked for a later try ;-)

These taste like they would be bad for you! But they are good for you - yay! Thanks for a great recipe! Happy Valentine's Day!

These look and sound divine.
Will have to experiment w/ carob chips instead. Thank you for sharing now, even though it was intended for your book, that was very generous.
Peace & Happy Valentine's Day,
Elizabeth

They look amazing! So professional looking too.

They'd be a great recipe for this month's Go Ahead Honey- Love potions and Charmed foods. It's all about superfoods that nourish our body and soul, and these are pretty packed with superfood ingredients.

If you'd like to contribute it, just let me know.

xx x

Gorgeous and oh wouldn't I love to have some of these in the freezer? Happy Valentine's Day, Ali and Tom, and all the kiddos! :-)

xo,
Shirley

These look amazing and so good for me too! Happy Valentines Day you two.

Yum! I can't wait to raw-ify these with some coconut oil chocolate:)

Anon - I use Dagoba Chocodrops which are 73% cacao. There are no emulsifiers. Ingredients are: organic dark chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter. Dark baking chocolate would also work great! :) You can also use bittersweet chocolate and add a little coconut oil and liquid stevia to sweeten it if you don't want the small amount of cane sugar in the dark chocolate drops.

What a festive and striking treat! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. :)

That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! :)

I don't like using chips because of the emulsifiers used. I like to use dark baking chocolate instead. Do you think that will make a difference in the outcome?

So beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day!

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