No-Bake Cherry Orange Walnut Spiced Truffles

These orange spiced truffles are another recipe I created when I first started the raw food diet. When I initially started going raw the idea of making desserts overwhelmed me. I had a complete creative block trying to make them. Understanding new ingredients and their measurements, which nuts make a good base or what flavors are good to combine, what makes something creamy etc. On top of that they all seemed to have so many ingredients and steps to follow.

When I wanted something sweet I’d buy a raw snack at the store.  But that got quite expensive, they really threw my budget for a loop.  So, I started browsing over raw dessert recipes trying to get the “new mentality” that comes with the  raw food lifestyle.  

No Bake Cherry Walnut Orange Truffles

My first attempt at creating a raw food dessert were the simplest fruit and nut balls. With just a few ingredients and literally ten minutes you can have a wonderful satisfying snack to pack with you. They’re great to have on hand for when you crave something sweet and or even as a protein rich breakfast.

I shared them with my family, nervously (lol), and to my surprise they loved them! They even came back asking for more. I knew I was on to something (smile)
No Bake Cherry Walnut Orange Truffles

These truffles are gluten-free with no added refined sugar which is great because those are two huge triggers for my fibromyalgia. The fact that I can eat healthy treats now without having to worry about suffering after with digestion problems or pain caused by the gluten, is amazing to me! On the days at the hospital when I had long shifts these made a great snack to pack. They’re energizing and I can eat them on the run since sometimes our breaks can be quite short.

I’ve been asked a lot how I manage working as a nurse with long shifts and keeping up with my raw food diet. While I no longer have those long shifts, the key for success in general is preparation. I prepare snacks and my meals as much as possible the night before, and I’d come to work with a bag full of food. Working 12 hour shifts I had to make sure I ate plenty to have the energy to do my job. After a while I got into my routine and the preparation and organization was all part of it, but it did take time to adjust. It was all worth it though, to feel this good!

No Bake Cherry Walnut Orange Truffles

No Bake Cherry Walnut Orange Truffles

Makes 15

Recipe:

1 cup raw walnuts (soaked overnight, drained and rinsed)

1 cup cashews 

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 orange, zest of

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup dried cherries (un-sulphured and unsweetened)

Cinnamon and coconut sugar to roll them in

Directions:

Blend in the food processor the cashews until it becomes a coarse meal. Then, add the cherries, orange juice and zest and blend until it becomes a sticky mix. Add the walnuts in and pulse blend a few times, not too much you want to have some chunky pieces, just enough to blend it in well.  Scoop into bite size balls and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take out of freezer and dust them with a mix of cinnamon and coconut sugar.

9 Comments

  1. Ed on March 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds great. I’ll have one of those with tea please.

  2. Ronna Denton on April 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I made these Cherry-Walnut-Orange Truffles and took some to work, where my work mates LOVED them!

    • Christine on April 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      That is so amwesome! I am so happy to hear that, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Trina on February 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    These look delicious. After you’ve done the initial freezing and rolling through the cinnamon mixture do you store them in the fridge? Also, how long do they keep?

    • Christine on February 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Trina! Good question, yes they should be stored in the fridge and they last about 10 days to two weeks there. Enjoy!

      • Trina on February 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm

        Thanks, I’m making these tomorrow!

        • Christine on February 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

          Oh yay! I’d love to hear how they come out!

          • Trina on February 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

            These are delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe.



          • Christine on February 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

            I am so happy to hear you enjoyed them Katrina! Thanks so much for sharing!



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