Chocolate orange truffles with just five easy ingredients. They’ve got a melt in your mouth texture, a rich dark chocolate taste and a delightful zesty orange twist!
This weekend we had an enormous Christmas baking session and I whipped up some of our easy vegan rum truffles to go along with all the cookies we made to send to our families.
But I really wanted to make a non alcoholic and more kid friendly truffle too. So I adapted the recipe to make these delicious vegan chocolate orange truffles.
They remind me of the dark Terry’s chocolate orange that I always used to get in my christmas stocking when I was a kid.
Unlike many other vegan truffle recipes, we don’t use coconut milk or cream, so you get a strong chocolatey taste, without that hint of coconut flavour.
Another thing that’s different about this recipe from other chocolate orange truffles, is that it uses fresh orange and is made without orange extract.
So it’s super easy to make with ingredients you probably already have at home!
Here’s what in the truffles:
Dark chocolate - We used a 70% cocoa content bar of dark chocolate. Many are naturally vegan, just look at the ingredients to check they don’t contain butter or milk.
Coconut oil - We recommend using refined coconut oil such as this one. Refined coconut oil has a neutral flavour, unlike raw or unrefined coconut oil which is much more coconutty.
Icing sugar / Powdered sugar - In the US some brands of sugar aren’t vegan due to processing with bone char, this brand is vegan certified. If you don’t have any powdered sugar, it’s easy to make in a food processor. Just process granulated sugar until very fine.
Orange - As we’re using the zest too, an organic orange is a good option.
Cocoa powder - This is used both in the truffle mixture and for rolling the outside of the truffles. For a more sweet coating you can roll them in a mixture of equal amounts of cocoa powder and icing sugar.
Step by step
You'll find the full recipe in the card below, but here's a step by step photo guide to show you how easy it is to make these yummy truffles!
Step 1 - Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, over a saucepan of gently boiling water.
Step 2 - Remove from the heat and stir in the refined coconut oil until smooth.
Step 3 - Add the icing/powdered sugar, cocoa, orange juice and zest and stir until well combined.
Step 4 - Chill the mixture for approximately 15-25 minutes in the fridge until it is solid enough to be shaped with your hands.
Step 5 - Scoop out a small spoonful of the mixture and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. (You might get a little bit chocolatey!)
Step 6 - Next, roll the ball in cocoa powder, and repeat forming the truffles until you have finished all the mixture.
Instead of rolling in cocoa powder, you could roll the truffles in shredded coconut or finely chopped nuts.
For a warm and fiery chocolate truffle you could add in some ginger which goes great with orange. You could use freshly grated or powdered ginger. Finely chopped pieces of crystallised ginger would also be yummy!
Serving and storage
These truffles keep well in at room temperature, and don’t need to be refrigerated to keep their shape.
You can keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for longer storage, but the taste and texture is best when you serve them at room temperature.
These chocolate orange truffles make wonderful gifts. Present them in a jar, or in a little bundle of baking paper ties with a ribbon.
You’ll get around 20 truffles depending on how large you make them. We found it impossible to have just one and they disappear very quickly, so you might wanna make a double batch!
Chocolate Orange Truffles
- Chop or break the bar of chocolate into small pieces.
- Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, add the chocolate to the bowl and stir until melted.
- Take the bowl off the heat, and stir in the coconut oil until combined.
- Add the orange juice, orange zest, icing sugar and cocoa powder and stir until completely smooth.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge until it has become solid enough to shape with your hands. It's usually ready in 15-25 minutes, but I like to check on it regularly to get the perfect time to roll the truffles.
- With a small spoon, scoop out portions of the dough and then roll them into balls between the palms of your hands. If your hands are warm, covering your palms in cocoa powder before rolling will reduce melting. If the mix is very sticky, you may want to chill it for a little longer.
- Sprinkle some cocoa powder on a plate, and then roll the balls in the cocoa until they are evenly coated.
- Store in an airtight container and serve at room temperature.