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dark chocolate peanut butter walnut truffles

This is the recipe I deleted the photos to last Sunday.

The reshoot may have turned out better.  Funny how that works.

This recipe is inspired by the evil truffle walnuts I tasted at Whole Foods.  Have you tried them?  Maybe you’re more familiar with the organic chocolate truffles they make?  They come in a red box and are truffle perfection—in my opinion.  However, I am no truffle connoisseur.

Anyway, back to the walnut truffles.  They’re basically a whole walnut, dipped in a fudgy + slightly sweet dark chocolate coating, and then dusted with cocoa powder.  Not rocket science, but so simply delicious.

dark chocolate peanut butter walnut truffles | edible perspective

Their ingredient list calls for cocoa butter which probably helps with stabilization.  I haven’t picked up cocoa butter for cooking yet, so I used coconut oil instead.  I also added peanut butter because who doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate?  Instead of melting chocolate chips I used unsweetened cocoa powder to keep the ingredient list to a minimum.  They are lightly sweetened with honey and then tossed in cocoa powder to finish them off.

dark chocolate peanut butter walnut truffles | edible perspective

Slightly messy, completely addicting.

dark chocolate peanut butter walnut truffles | edible perspective

Print this!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Walnut Truffles yields 32-40 whole walnuts

  • 32-40 whole walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter [not the oil on top kind]
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup plus 2.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  1. Line a pan parchment paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and peanut butter over med-low heat.
  3. Take off the heat and whisk in the 2.5 tablespoons cocoa powder, honey, and salt.  The mixture should be thick but pourable.
  4. Coat walnuts one by one completely and place on the parchment lined pan .
  5. Place in the freezer to set for 30 minutes.
  6. Place the cocoa powder in a bowl and coat the walnuts one by one with the help of a fork.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

notes: Pecans would also work well but almonds or peanuts may be a bit more difficult to work with.  Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon if desired.  Use maple syrup instead of honey to make vegan. 

dark chocolate peanut butter walnut truffles | edible perspective

I swear yesterday was Monday.  I blinked and now it’s Friday.

Happy weekend!


Reader Comments (22)

It's crazy how fast this week has gone! I'm still slightly in shock that Christmas is now less than 2 months away!
Have a great weekend girl!
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
I have a bag of pecans waiting at home just begging to be used for this, so simple and delicious!
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbby@Totes Delish
These look incredible! I never would have thought of making a truffle from a nut, but that is pretty darn brilliant.
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill @ Sincerely Jill
oh my , these look delicious! love simple recipes like this
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia
Woah-- these look great! I love how easy they are.
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
so so so dangerous in such a good good good way!
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Heather's Dish
These are lovely! What a fun treat :)
Those look so fun, delicious and relatively easy. I can't wait to try them out myself!
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda
These look amazing! How have I not seen them at Whole Foods!?!? Actually, it is probably better for me and my health that I do not find them.
Love it! My parents have a walnut tree that gives them/us more walnuts than we know what to do with every year. We've made cocoa/espresso powder walnuts to give away as Christmas treats before, but these sound amazing too!
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
Ohhhh... I love your substitutions! Especially the cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips, the less ingredients the better. Love the simplicity as well :)
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
I am searching for a pumpkin bread recipe on your website and not finding a gluten-free version. Do you have one? If not, what are the chances of you doing one?! I know your free time is limited, but I'm in NEED!!
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandice
Do you think other nuts would work with this??
I love the dark chocolate flavor.
October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammie Grey
Such a great idea! These remind me of a healthier version of 'puppy chow'...chex cereal+peanut butter+chocolate+powdered sugar. I can't wait to make them!
October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie @ immaeatthat
Walnuts are so underrated! I love them, and usually substitute them for pecans in recipe! Love what you've done with them! They almost look like little brains, for halloween ;)
October 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan @ MegGoesNomNom
@Kathleen - I mention in the notes that pecans would work well. I'm sure peanuts and almonds would too but the walnuts and pecans hold more of the chocolate coating. Let me know if you try it with other nuts!

@Kylie - I LOVE puppy chow. My mom and I make it every single year since I was a kid. :)

@Megan - I am a huge walnut lover.
October 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love walnuts. And I'm a lousy chef so it's great that it's so easy to make!
October 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew
Well, if you have to make something twice for photos, it might as well be something like this, no? nom...
November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy (Easy as Pie Recipes)
I absolutely adore your blog and recipes! Makes cooking and being gf fun!
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle
Ashley I dont post often enough but I am an avid reader of your blog and have loved all of the recipes of yours that I have made. I just wanted to say that you really knocked it out of the park with this one. These. Are. Amazing. I made a bunch with pecans to give as christmas gifts but they didn't set up well enough so I froze them and put them in a jar in the freezer. Lucky me.... I love that I can have a not-too-unhealthy treat in the evenings that has no sugar or flour. Thank you again for your wonderful blog and photography inspiration!
January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda
I LOVE your photography and all your recipes! I can't wait to try a few recipes this week :) Keep up the beautiful and yummy work!

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