Cranberry Chocolate Nut Truffles Recipe

Fall truffles line

I served these Cranberry Chocolate Nut Truffles at Thanksgiving and they were a big hit.  They are super easy and fast to make and of course gluten and dairy free.  They are also soy free!  If you find out you need to take a treat with you to a party and you’re leaving in 15 minutes, you’re saved!  Make and take these treats.  This recipe is part of today’s’ No-Bake Gluten Free Desert Progressive Dinner Party theme.

UPDATE:  This recipe was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays!

Fall Cranberry Chocolate Nut Truffles Recipe

Here is the entire schedule for the Gluten Free Dessert Progressive Dinner Party.  If you missed anyone make sure you go back to see what great treats they created.

Monday December 7th Baked Desserts with Shauna-  gluten free girl and the chef made Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls,  Alison-  Sure Foods Living made Grandma Anne’s Butterhorns, and Ali-  The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen made Soft Molasses Cookies.

Tuesday December 8th Frozen or Chilled Desserts with Shirley- gfe gluten free easily made Honey Cinnamon Grand Marnier Ice Cream and me The W.H.O.L.E. Gang made Chocolate Sorbet with Roasted Chocolate Nibs.

Wednesday December 9th Chocolate Desserts with Karen- Cook4Seasons made Raw Goji Berry Truffles and Ali- The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen made Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting.

Thursday December 10th No-Bake Desserts with me, The W.H.O.L.E. Gang.

Friday December 11th Favorite Desserts with Melissa- Gluten Free For Good made Babycakes Brownies and Jean- Gluten Free Organics made Ready in a Week Fruitcake.

Warning- these truffles are so easy to make and taste so good you can get carried away and keep making and eating them.  Pace yourself, it’s a long holiday season.

This recipe makes approximately 40 truffles.  I tried to count when I was done but people kept stealing them off the tray.

Fall Truffles ingredients

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1 cup organic raw Almonds

1/2 cup organic raw Pecans

1/2 cup organic raw Walnuts

10 large Medjool Dates, pitted

1/2 cup dried organic Cranberries (I used fruit juice sweetened)

1 1/2 cup melted chocolate (I used Enjoy Life-gluten, dairy and soy free)


Chop your nuts in a food processor.  I would recommend you do the almonds first before you add in the other nuts if you want smaller almond pieces.

Chop Nuts in processor

Put chopped nuts into a medium mixing bowl.

Chopped nuts in bowl

Add your dates to the food processor to chop.

Dates in food processor

Add those into the nut mixture.

Choped nuts and dates

Now add in your dried cranberries.

Chopped nuts, dates and cranberries

Melt the chocolate and combine with your nut, date and cranberry mixture.

Melted Chocolate

Scoop out about a tablespoon of this mixture and form a ball.  Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Do this quickly before your chocolate hardens.  For this reason I would not double this recipe, but make it twice if you want more.

Chocolate Cranberry Nut Truffles on Parchment Substitutions:

If you don’t have the dried cranberries, you can always leave them out.

You could add just about any type of dried fruit to this recipe.  Raisins, blueberries, raspberries, papaya, pineapple, apricot, fig, prunes, goji berries, coconut or ginger.  Each change will give you a different taste.  Make sure if it’s a large dried fruit that you chop it down to raisin size.

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14 Responses to Cranberry Chocolate Nut Truffles Recipe

  1. Karen@Cook4Seasons December 10, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    OK, so I want to know – did you get as messy making these as I did mine? I think I ate half of the chocolate off my fingers!

    • Diane December 10, 2009 at 11:34 am #

      Karen- I don't recall getting messy but I always lick my fingers after working with chocolate. I think using the Enjoy Life chocolate chips keeps it from being as sticky as cocoa butter and maple syrup. However your truffles sound amazing and I'm going to give them a try. I guess I'll oil up my hand before I dig in but I don't mind being covered in chocolate. 🙂

  2. gfe--gluten free eas December 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    I love making truffles, but mine have never been as healthy as yours or Karen's. I'm a work in progress though and you guys are helping me! The ingredients are wonderful. I've had chocolate, cranberries, and nuts together before and that is yummy, so I know these are fab. That photo with the chocolate on the spoon has me going. 😉 I almost missed the recipe itself … I was so fixated on the photos.

    LOL on being unable to count … I think it's the same with cookies. How often can you really know how many dozen a batch makes?

    Sorry, I've been under the weather and couldn't add another no-bake recipe to the dinner party, but I think we have plenty, don't you? 🙂


    • Diane December 11, 2009 at 5:19 am #

      Shirley- Loved that chocolate photo so much I used it again for Friday Foodie Fix. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  3. Brian December 10, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    These look so good, I need to try them. If you get a chance Diane, I have a giveaway going on over at my blog. Check it out if you have time. Take care.

    • Diane December 11, 2009 at 5:18 am #

      Brian- Thank you. I'll swing by and see what you have going on. Hope you had a chance to check out my giveaway and newsletter!

  4. Alta December 11, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Yum! I love that you use dates in them. Dates rock.

    • Diane December 11, 2009 at 6:36 am #

      Alta- I agree about the dates. They add so much to treats.

  5. Michele December 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Keep this up and I might not miss my Christmas cookies as much as I thought I would being Gfree this year!! Thanks Diane 🙂

  6. Alison December 17, 2009 at 10:14 am #


    These sound healthy and yummy! My daughter can't have nuts, so I'm wondering if I could use seeds and rice crispy cereal instead — what do you think?


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