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Orange & Ginger Chocolate Truffles

One of the last things we did before leaving for Australia was cleaning out our pantry and fridge. We found a bag of cacao butter that needed to be used, so these happened. We do truffles quite often at home but most often it’s different versions of our date & chocolate truffles. As a Christmas treat, this cacao butter version is more decadent and creamier. They are the kind of truffles that smudge your teeth on the first bite and have delicate chocolate, orange and ginger flavours that keep on dancing on your tongue even after they are eaten. Wrap them in a jar and give them away as a last minute Christmas gift. Just make sure to save a few for yourself.


Cacao butter is pure oil from the cacao bean and has a delicate chocolate aroma. It usually comes in a solid chunk or bar. Cacao butter consists of healthy fats including the essential omega fatty acids and is high in antioxidants. It melts on low temperature and is therefore great for raw food desserts and homemade chocolate. Try also adding it to smoothies, ice cream or rub it on your skin as a moisturiser.

Apotechary_gksAnother little project that we worked on before we left was this Natural Apotechary poster that we created together with Swedish designers Dry Things. Luise has listed healthy ingredients from A to Z and explains a bit about why they are good for you. It’s 50×70 cm (19,5×27,5 inches) large. All their posters are made with the highest quality and printed on beautiful paper. It’s available in Dry Things cute little shop in Stockholm and in their webshop.

We are working on a recipe and a post about our time here in Australia. In short, we are having a wonderful wonderful time. Best thing about the trip is that we get to spend all our days with these two monkeys! You can follow us on Instagram if you want to see more photos from our trip (David | Luise).


Cacao Butter Truffles with Orange & Ginger
15-20 truffles

4 tbsp raw cacao butter (break off small pieces)
3 tbsp raw coconut oil
4 tbsp raw honey
3/4 cup / 60 g cacao powder + more for rolling
4 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or less if you prefer it milder)
1/2 tsp flaky sea salt

Heat water in a small saucepan, place a heatproof bowl on top. Measure out all ingredients. Melt the cacao butter over a water bath, while stirring. Remove from heat, add coconut oil and honey and whisk until well combined. Add cacao powder, orange juice and sea salt and whisk until thick and smooth, for about 30 seconds to a minute. Place in the fridge to cool and set for 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in cacao powder and store in the fridge.


PS. If you are in Sydney you are welcome to meet up with us on a picnic tomorrow (Sunday). It’s very last minute and completely chillaxed. We just thought it could be fun to meet up with like-minded. We’ll be in beautiful Nielsen Park from 3.30 pm. Bring food and drinks and we can all share a bit with each other.


  1. emily
    Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 13:51 | #

    I love your date truffles and can’t wait to try these. Orange, ginger and chocolate sounds like an awesome combo!
    Enjoy your trip, wish I could be there to join the picnic!

  2. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 14:20 | #

    I made some truffles just like this the other day, definitely needed more cacao as it was too oily tasting – means more Chocolate to make ;)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Julia
    Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 14:51 | #

    I made something similar yesterday to give it away to my friends and relatives for Christmas:-) I love you:)

  4. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 15:24 | #

    Wow, these look amazing!

    My mother in law makes something very similar when ever we visit her at Christmas time at the beach in NZ. I’m sad that we won’t be travelling back home to NZ for christmas this year to enjoy these treats – I think I will just have to give this recipe a try and make some myself this year instead. Thanks Luise!

  5. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 15:34 | #

    Those look wonderful! I’ve never tried cacao butter…maybe someday, because it sounds very interesting :)

  6. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 15:43 | #

    Beautiful recipe!
    Thank you!

  7. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 16:29 | #

    These look delicious! I tried to make a “white chocolate” truffle yesterday with cacao butter and they ended up being too flaky (?) to roll properly. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

  8. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 16:51 | #

    These look beautiful and are my absolute favorite flavors!

  9. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 17:59 | #

    We’ll make sure to make those for our next picnic! Too bad we’re not in Sydney to share them with you guys. Enjoy the sunny beaches!

  10. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 19:58 | #

    I buy cacao butter for my body…I will have to save a few ounces for this delicious looking recipe.

  11. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 20:03 | #

    This looks amazing David and Luise – so delicious and a perfect winter gift!

  12. Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 20:37 | #

    I used to get processed chocolate oranges in my stocking every year at Christmas. I’ll be asking for these instead this year!

  13. Karin Krouse
    Posted 20 Dec ’14 at 23:52 | #

    Thanks for this delicious sounding recipe, will probably get into it today!
    Have a wonderful time here in Down Under, it is pretty special! I immigrated to Melbourne about 18 years ago, from Munich. Enjoy, and if you need help just email me. I mean it.

  14. Posted 21 Dec ’14 at 03:00 | #

    That is one beautiful looking poster! And these truffles look amazing. I also have a bag of cacao butter in my pantry that I have been waiting to use (I am not sure what I was waiting for…), so I will make these because they look perfect! Have a great time in Australia!

  15. Posted 21 Dec ’14 at 03:50 | #

    This is a fabulous recipe! I love the orange and ginger mixed with the chocolate :)

  16. Posted 21 Dec ’14 at 10:53 | #

    Such easy but delicious looking truffles. Love the orange and ginger in these especially. Wish I could be at your picnic!

  17. Posted 21 Dec ’14 at 14:35 | #

    Oh gosh! isn’t it genius! I made ginger orange cookies today, but I couldn’t even think of ginger orange truffles!

  18. Posted 21 Dec ’14 at 15:41 | #

    I’ve always wanted to try and make truffles and these look gorgeous I think I’ll have to try and make the recipe. They look great, perfect for Christmas gifts x

  19. Posted 21 Dec ’14 at 22:24 | #

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your Australian holiday. Nielson Park is a beautiful spot for a picnic and usually oddly uncrowded in the weekends leading up to Christmas (everybody must be out shopping)

  20. Posted 22 Dec ’14 at 11:29 | #

    Chocolate is everywhere! It’s Christmas, so I’ve got a great excuse! Now, I’ve had recipe somewhere for delicious truffles…somewhere in a drawer…I think I’ll try yours. The orange twist sounds great!

  21. Posted 22 Dec ’14 at 16:26 | #

    These look so delicious! I love the combination of cacao and orange, and ginger sounds like it would take the flavors over the top. I was just trying to think of some quick, edible gifts to make for the holidays and now I think I’m definitely going to have to give these a shot!! Thanks so much. :)

  22. Jo
    Posted 22 Dec ’14 at 17:03 | #

    Making them right now!
    How long do they keep in the fridge?
    Can you also store them in the freezer?

  23. Jo
    Posted 22 Dec ’14 at 17:13 | #

    Hmmmm its still way too liquid too roll balls…. Should I wait a little longer while leaving it in the fridge..?

  24. Posted 22 Dec ’14 at 20:13 | #

    These look so delicious! I love the ginger and orange at Christmas time. It would look great on the cookie tray with the gingerbread men!

  25. Posted 23 Dec ’14 at 00:50 | #

    This sounds so delicious! I love a good truffle!

  26. Posted 23 Dec ’14 at 11:04 | #

    Oh no have only just seen.this and.am on.holiday in Sydney – wouldve loved to.have come. R u having any more meet ups?

  27. Posted 25 Dec ’14 at 02:28 | #

    YES! (you cant see me jumping up and down in joy here, which is a good thing) I’m going to make these for Christmas to be shared, I have been so picky about my last dessert recipe, and was beginning to despair that I couldn’t find what I was really looking for. THIS is exactly it. I have you to thank for this, and I will be sure to mention it to the entire house full!

  28. Steph
    Posted 26 Dec ’14 at 10:34 | #

    Love the recipe! You’re here in Oz! Wonderful! (How did I miss that! Just read through the blog and yep I totes missed it!) Anyhoo the weather’s been magic for you I think (Im in Brissie and its been brilliant here). Hope you saw the start to the Sydney to Hobart today… It was a beautiful day in Sydney today!

  29. Posted 27 Dec ’14 at 13:33 | #

    Mmm, I can already feel them melting in my mouth! Gorgeous photos :)

  30. Posted 30 Dec ’14 at 00:12 | #

    These are so gorgeous – simply beautiful and I”m sure they’re so delicious – lovely!

  31. Posted 30 Dec ’14 at 02:24 | #

    What a way to end the year. Hope you are all doing well!

  32. Posted 30 Dec ’14 at 14:16 | #

    I love truffles, they are a weakness for me. So I am always looking for recipes to make them, and this recipe is definitely one I’m going to try!
    Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait!

  33. Posted 31 Dec ’14 at 17:30 | #

    Haha. That looks great!
    I have done nearly the same some weeks ago! You can also add Chili, almonds or desiccated coconut to it ;-)


  34. Samantha
    Posted 1 Jan ’15 at 10:51 | #

    My vegetable-phobic partner and I saw 2014 out in GKS style with your delicious beet bourguignon and these decadent truffles. Like you describe in The Green Kitchen we are exploring new foods and cuisines to find things that we can enjoy eating together despite our very different dietary preferences. I am grateful for his endless support for my vegan lifestyle and for beautiful recipes and inspiration such as yours which make it possible for everyone to enjoy plant-based food. A note on the recipe – we halved the salt and it was plenty for our taste. I would urge anyone to give these a try – they are a breeze to make and so so so very good! Happy New Year and Happy Travels!

  35. Posted 9 Jan ’15 at 04:14 | #

    Teeth-smudging truffles. The best. Glad you’ve been enjoying our fine country :) x

  36. Eva
    Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 11:03 | #

    I made them and they were truly delicious! I had to add at least 1/4 cup of cacao powder though to make the mixture solid enough to be formed into truffles (and I still only got about 10 small truffles). Does it help to leave the mixture in the fridge longer than 10 minutes when you only use 3/4 cup of cacao?

    Thank you for all the great recipes you share – I really hope you are planning on publishing a third book:)

    • cathy
      Posted 24 Dec ’16 at 05:21 | #

      thank you for noting this fix. I almost waisted a ton of very expensive organic ingredients. I also was making this for our Christmas dinner tomorrow and they turned out awful. They did not even bother to reply to the people that tried the recipe and said it would not set. I added the extra cacao you stated but by then it would not mix in as great and they still look awful. I am really gutted. This recipe is poorly executed and needs fixing.

  37. Posted 1 Feb ’15 at 22:55 | #

    Sooo delicious! Want them all lol :)

  38. Julian
    Posted 8 Feb ’15 at 11:35 | #

    Since when did chocolate become healthy vegetarian choice? This is top of the list indulging junk…no doubt it works well with all the sugar addicts!

  39. Jodie
    Posted 8 Feb ’15 at 22:50 | #

    When will your book be available on amazon?

  40. Posted 16 Feb ’15 at 07:30 | #

    What is it about balls and chocolate? Bite-sized perfection <3 Can't wait to try these!


  41. Sonja
    Posted 18 Nov ’15 at 18:48 | #

    This recipe just puts me into ecstasy. Thank you for such an elegant, tasty way to get my daily vitamin C (cacao).

  42. Daniela
    Posted 29 Jan ’16 at 01:48 | #

    Can you use dark/milk/white Chocolate instead of cocoa butter? I have no idea where to find it..

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