Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles with Orange and Cardamom

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Don’t Pass Over Passover!

Simplify with Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

Sophomore year of high school is a little bit like tax season. You know it’s coming no matter how vehemently you deny it; the process is not pleasant even if it ends well; and the sheer volume of work involved is more daunting than the work itself. As these two stressors have imploded in our lives over the last couple of weeks, I nearly threw in the kitchen towel and keyboard, planning to just pass over Passover.

Then we we went to temple last Saturday morning and the rabbi’s sermon seemed to have been written for me. She touched on the upcoming Passover holiday and how the two seders (ritual dinners) inconveniently fall on weeknights. She acknowledged our hectic lives and how easy it would be to postpone or perhaps even pass over the seders completely rather than trying to add them in to our already over-scheduled routines.

So just like my daughter does every day with her mountain of homework and I did at 4:30 AM yesterday with the tax paperwork, I am digging my heels in with determination to share some Passover dessert inspiration with you, rather than letting this opportunity just pass me by.

Kosher for Passover Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles 

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During the Valentine’s chocolate frenzy, I started testing truffle recipes, ending up with an orange cardamom dark chocolate version, a semi-sweet cherry version, and a milk chocolate Nutella variation. When I didn’t post the recipes in time for Valentine’s Day I thought about dessert for Passover (or a treat for Easter) but then remembered the milk in the recipe, an ingredient that won’t work for those keeping kosher. Inspired by a post by Cheryl Sternman Rule of the blog 5SecondRule using coconut cream for a cake, I decided to try coconut cream in place of the heavy cream and coconut oil as a substitute for the butter.

It works! So in the truffle recipe at the end of the post, I’ve included options using heavy cream and butter OR using coconut cream and coconut oil.

More OMG! Yummy Passover Recipes:

My Complete Passover Guide: The Best Passover Recipes and Resources for a Stress-Free and Delicious Holiday

Don’t Pass Over these Other Passover Stories and Recipes:

What foods are considered kosher for Passover?

Stocking up in the Passover food aisle at the grocery store?? Here are the 10 least awful items to buy

Gluten-free Passover desserts from the blog What Jew Wanna Eat

Raspberry and chocolate in my macaroons? Yes, please! from the blog Desserts Required

Speaking of raspberries, they pair perfectly with flourless chocolate cake from the blog Feed Your Soul

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5 from 1 vote

Orange Cardamom Chocolate Truffles

Orange and cardamom pair wonderfully in these luscious truffles. Enjoy them for the holidays, or any day that needs chocolate.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 154 kcal
Author Beth Lee


  • ¼ cup heavy cream or ¼ cup coconut cream*
  • grated zest of ½ medium sized orange
  • 2-3 cardamom pods slightly crushed
  • 5 oz dark or semisweet chocolate chopped (I used 1.5 oz. semisweet chips and a 3.5 oz bar of Valharona 71% dark)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter or 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur or orange blossom water
  • A choice of coatings such as cocoa powder, toasted nuts, sea salt, sugar, toasted coconut


  1. In a small pan on medium heat, heat the heavy cream or coconut cream with the zest and cardamom pods, just to boiling. It will bubble quickly – do not walk away. As soon as it starts to boil, take it off the heat and let it sit for 15 minutes or so to infuse the flavor of the zest and cardamom.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your chocolate. Place the chocolate and butter or coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl or double boiler. Then place a fine mesh strainer over the bowl. After the cream has infused with the flavors, reheat it just to bubbling and pour it through the strainer into the chocolate.
  3. Now whisk the cream and chocolate together. Because this is a small amount of cream, you may not succeed in melting the chocolate into a smooth ganache without placing the bowl into the microwave for a minute or two on the melt function or just a very low power level. If you are using a double boiler, then just whisk until smooth.
  4. Once smooth, add your orange liqueur or orange blossom water and whisk again. Then place the mixture in the refrigerator until it firms up – an hour or so but it can stay longer. So you can prepare the chocolate mixture ahead of time to fit your schedule and the truffles can be formed later on.
  5. To form the truffles, scoop about a teaspoonful of the chocolate mixture and use your hands to form it into a ball. The version with the coconut cream and oil seems to melt faster in my hands when I roll them, so I highly recommend wearing gloves to form the truffles or expect your hands to be covered in chocolate (no real downside).
  6. Then roll the chocolate ball in your choice of coatings – toasted coconut, toasted nuts such as pistachios or hazelnuts or almonds, a touch of sea salt, cocoa powder. It’s up to you! Experiment and have fun. Serve in mini cupcake containers or on parchment paper. Keep refrigerated until use.

Recipe Notes

I bought a can of coconut cream at Trader Joe’s, in the aisle with the coconut milk. You can also buy a can of coconut milk, don’t mix it and just use the non-watery portion.

Inspired by a recipe in The Fearless Baker by Emily Luchetti


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20 Responses to Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles with Orange and Cardamom

  1. Laura @MotherWouldKnow April 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    Beth, I love these truffles, but even more your story of how you decided not to let Passover pass you by. And with truffles for dessert, Passover won’t even seem like a holiday of “giving up stuff.”

  2. Carole February 7, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    These are so beautiful. A stress reliever on many levels {grin}. Pinning to Pinterest!

    • Beth Lee February 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      Thanks for coming by Carole and for pinning! Stress relievers are key to survival these days!

  3. Christy May 1, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    5 stars
    The truffles sound fantastic. What is it about tax season that is so taxing? It seems the same way in our house every year when April rolls around.

    • Beth Lee May 5, 2014 at 7:53 am #

      In some ways, I create the stress by waiting to do all the calculating at once. But then when other stuff gets in the way too, it really is that extra thing that just makes life go off kilter.

  4. Betsy @ Desserts Required April 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    These truffles look great. I have not tried working with cardamom before. As in, I didn’t know they come in pods. I think it is high time to get out of my comfort zone!

    Thank you so very much for including Desserts Required’s Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Coconut Macaroons. I, too, have been wondering how I will manage to get everything done in time for the holiday and I am not even having the Seders at home!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

  5. Carol Sacks April 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday…and eat a few of those gorgeous truffles for me!

    • Beth Lee April 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      There will be no problem on our end eating a few truffles for you Carol :-). Chag Sameach! Looking forward to hearing/seeing what you are cooking.

  6. Hannah April 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Beautiful, Beth! Believe me, the temptation to pass over Passover this year has crossed my mind many times. Thank for sharing all of this inspiration – I’m grateful. I love that you made these truffles with coconut cream and I will do the same for our family seder and a community seder we’re attending. Chag sameach to you and your family! I know you’ll enjoy a delicious gathering around your table. xoxo

    • Beth Lee April 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Luckily, we are invited to a friend’s tomorrow night and we are postponing our family seder (which I am NOT hosting) until (sit down before you read this) Easter Sunday! because of family travel schedules. Hopefully I’ll be able to pull together some matzo ball soup for the official day 2.

      Hope you are enjoying your new store and have a little bit of time to recline and enjoy Passover.

      • Hannah April 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

        I’m loving the store and took some time today to cook for Passover. Thank goodness brisket is better prepared the day before! Glad you’ll have a chance for a family seder. 🙂

  7. sandy corman April 12, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Hope you bring some of these truffles to the seder They look delicious.

    • Beth Lee April 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

      Will be bringing chocolate covered matzo and hopefully some truffles too!

  8. Jael April 12, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    Those truffles sound so yummy! Happy Passover to you!

    • Beth Lee April 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks Jael! I hope you had a glorious weekend.

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