Homemade GAPS Friendly Chocolate Truffles


cocoa truffles

These were so easy and so melt-in-your-mouth rich that I couldn’t not share.

I have been seeing chocolate recipes pop up around the internet all week, but all of them called for some sort of sweetener that isn’t allowed on the GAPS diet*.  My toddler and I made these together on a whim, it was great fun- he helped me swirl the truffles in cocoa powder at the end. and put them on a plate… and now I need to clean cocoa powder out of every nook and cranny in my kitchen :)

These are based on the recipe from The Nourishing Gourmet, if you can have sugar I would recommend using her recipe, as honey has a little bit of a strong flavor that I find gets in the way of the chocolate. But if you’re looking for something that you can have while on GAPS, these are for you!

Homemade Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Makes approximately 40 truffles

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (the cream from the top of an unsweetened can of coconut, Natural Value doesn’t have any additives in it)


(These are amazingly simple!) Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl with a fork, making sure to mix bottom and sides in well.  Cover and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until firm.  Pour a little more cocoa, or shredded coconut or chopped nuts, into a shallow bowl (about 2 tablespoons) for the coating.

Scoop out a small spoonful of the hardened chocolate, gently roll it in your hands, and drop it in the bowl with coating.  Once you have a couple you can gently swirl the bowl to cover the ball with the cocoa powder. This was the part my toddler got a kick out of.  Then place the covered truffles on a plate and repeat with the remaining chocolate.

*Dr. Natasha allows cocoa once digestive symptoms have passed.

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Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

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  1. These look great. I can’t wait to try them!

  2. I would have loved to eat these while I was on GAPS, but my version of the GAPS book lists both cocoa and carob as a no-no. I know she has recently come out with a new version .. are cocoa and carob permitted now?

    • They are, I linked to her FAQ where she talks about it at the bottom of the post right above the ‘print friendly’ button :D

  3. So, I just made these with a little tweak. Having no coconut cream, I used coconut PB(from Tropical Traditions). It is in the freezer now but, I had a taste and it is delicious! I am not on a gaps diet but, I do think PB is not allowed on it. This great for a sugar and grain free girl! Thanks!

  4. Cindy Calvert says:

    No guilt chocolate… yummy. I made these last night and they are even better today! I used my “cheap” honey not the raw and it was not too overwhelming. I have some Rapadura (for the family) but don’t want to get in the habit of using it. I am slowly making my way toward grain free.

    PS. The Grain Free meal plans are great!

  5. sharise parviz says:

    have you ever tried vegetable glycerin in any of the recipes? Curious how that would work

  6. I use a combo of honey and stevia all the time – stevia alone sometimes has an aftertaste, and honey can be overpowering, but the two together seem to work well. I couldn’t get thru GAPS without a little chocolate!

  7. These are wonderful! I just found your website and the recipe last week (I think on Friday), and I’ve already made them 3 times (and it’s only Monday)! Twice were to share with others, so it’s okay, right??? :)

    We added a little bit of peanut butter and some sea salt to them, and then I rolled some in cocoa powder, some in unsweetened shredded coconut, some in cinnamon, and some I left just plain. They have been a huge hit. Thanks for the recipe! My 3 year-old son loved helping me make them, too.

  8. I have leftover coconut milk in the fridge….could I substitute that for the coconut creme?

  9. I’ve been making something similar for awhile now. Banana is nice to add for sweetness and helps hold them together too. We’ve also tried dates, but some people aren’t into them I know.
    When we had no coconut I used bio yogurt and it worked amazingly well. Obviously not a good substitute for those not on dairy, but it’s one that works if you can have it.
    I love to roll mine in coconut flakes or chopped nuts. YUM!

  10. Just use the thick part, not the watery part :)

  11. Tj Libbie via Facebook says:

    We love these…last time we added a drop or 2 or orange essential oil and they were divine as always. :)

  12. Katie P says:

    Do you think coconut cream concentrate from Tropical Traditions would work?

  13. Hi Cara, almost the same recipe I posted a week ago on my page but didn’t use coconut milk, just added some coconut flakes.

  14. Those look great Cara! When we get further along in our GAPS diet, I want to make these!

  15. I have seen lots of GAPS recipe’s around that call for cocoa powder. In my GAPS book, it is on the illegal list, I am confused. Is there an updated list somewhere?

  16. OMG< so rich!!! mmmmmmmmm

  17. Carrie Gray says:

    Not sure what GAPS is, not even sure how I stumbled upon your page but just happened to make 200 truffles 2 days ago and your simple recipe would have been devine. We used raw cacao, it has the cacao fat in it, unlike cocoa…we also added freshly ground cardamon and then dusted the truffles with finely ground rose petals and cinnamon! I am new to cacao but love it. If you want to read more on it and want to know a fair trade organic supplier, contact heartblood cacao…I think you can google it. The rose petals and cinnamon is from mountain rose herbs…all organic. You dont haveto use organic but if you want…. there is my source. CHEERS!

  18. I am 12 years old and was really worried about not being able to have sweets. I am very exited to try these when I am off of the intro diet and on the full GAPS die. So is cocoa powder GAPS legal.

  19. Thanks, great easy recipe! Just made a full plate with the 3.5 year old. Huge hit with her and me. Also made eggs in a nest and banana pancakes this morning, what a great set of recipes! Btw, some people mentioned or asked about using Coconut Cream Concentrate (equivalent of peanut butter made from coconuts) instead of the coconut cream (from top of can). I’ve done both, in fact that’s how I used to do it: with coconut cream concentrate only. It comes out a lot more like fudge than truffles, in fact we called it fudge and made it in a pan with nuts often :). Its heavier and has a (pleasant) slightly grainy ‘fudgy’ texture, definitely a delish recipe as well. The coconut cream from a can as here, makes the biggest difference in my opinion by making whole confection more light and truffle-like (it adds a ‘whipped cream’ lightness and the ‘melt in the mouth’ feel is better without any graininess). Absolutely love it! Oh and using a ‘bland’ honey without a strong taste worked well not to make them taste honey-like (that and we are so used to the honey taste, I dont think we notice it now). Thanks so much for the great recipes!

  20. can you tell me how long these will keep for if I make them as gifts and do they need to be kept in the fridge?

  21. HI Cara,
    I made two batches of these this morning. I used “Let’s Do Organic” creamed coconut- the one that comes in the 7 oz green box. I cut off about 1/3 of the bar, cut that into very small minces, and then mixed it in a measuring cup with just a tablespoon or so of hot water. I used just enough water to make it cream consistency. It worked great, and the truffles are beautiful.
    I think I might have left it in the freezer a little too long…( My husband came in to chat so I had to wait for him to leave the room, surprise for Valentine’s Day!) but they were a bit messy to roll and shape into truffles.
    The second batch was much easier. I skipped the freezer step for those. As soon as I mixed them all together, I took a rounded tsp measuring spoon and scooped out little mounds of truffle mix. I put them on a waxed paper sheet, then gave them all a good rounding with my hands, dipped in various coatings and then put them in the fridge. It was a lot less messy doing it that way… the second batch took much less time to make and they turned out great.

  22. Thanks for this great recipe! I made them for the first time last year on Valentines day and they’ve become a go to for gifts/ special treats. I have added a couple tablespoons of concentrated coffee for a lovely coffee flavor then roll them in unsweetened chocolate shavings. The favorite around here which is a bit of a GAPS cheat is to add a couple tablespoons of rum and then roll them in toasted coconut. SO yummy! Also this year I added a couple tablespoons of peanut butter and rolled them in toasted peanuts. The possibilities are endless. Thank you!

  23. Hey. Great recipe but I only had maple on hand. It’s now been an hour and the mixture is super runny. Even my coconut cream was thick and cold prior to mixing in ( I always leave a few cans in the fridge) I don’t understand what’s happened..! Any ideas ? Thanks !


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