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Dark Chocolate Chestnut Truffles Recipe: a sweet, disease-fighting dessert

✦ We can enjoy dessert even while eating to beat disease. Dr. William Li shares this lovely Dark Chocolate Chestnut Truffles recipe to share with friends and family. Their disease-fighting ingredients are a plus!

Recipe for Dark Chocolate Chestnut Truffles

Makes about 3 dozen truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes, 30 minutes rest time

Cooking: 5 minutes


  • 1 pound cooked chestnuts

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (80% or greater cacao), chopped into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1⁄3 cup dark cocoa powder

  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange (optional)

  • Almond or coconut milk, as needed

  • Paper truffle cups (optional)

  • To coat the truffles—choose as many coatings as you like, and place in small individual bowls: Dark cocoa powder, coconut flour, finely chopped walnuts, finely chopped dark chocolate chips.


1.  Using a food mill, potato ricer, or fork, mash the cooked chestnuts and place in a large mixing bowl.

2.  Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Remove from the heat and add to the chestnuts. Add the honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, and grated orange zest, if using, to the chestnut mixture. Mix all ingredients well to combine.

3.  If the mixture is too dry to hold together, add milk one tablespoon at a time until the mixture holds together. If the mixture is sticky when handling, allow to rest in the refrigerator for 20–30 minutes.

4.  Scoop a spoonful of the mixture and roll in the palms of your hands to form a ball. Roll the ball in one of the coatings above and place on a serving tray or in a paper truffle cup. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

These truffles are a great way to get the immune-boosting benefits of dark chocolate, combined with the inflammation-fighting ellagic acid in chestnuts.

There are so many healthy ingredients you can use to elevate your sweet treat to a disease-fighting dessert. Follow Dr. William Li for more strategies on using Food as Medicine and get answers to your biggest health questions.

Thanks to Dr. William Li for sharing this recipe!

Dr. William Li is a World-renowned physician, scientist, and author of New York Times Best Sellers: Eat To Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself and Eat to Beat Your Diet: Burn Fat, Heal Your Metabolism, and Live Longer


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