Banana, Orange and Chocolate Truffles | | #chocolate #recipe #cookies #dessert

Well this was a fun and eventful week!

We had a Kitchen Knives Giveaway to boot. Also, Good Cook’s Touch Treasure Hunt started this week! Then there was my Chicken Cashew Meatballs guest post, and finally, Pompeian’s contest for an all-expense paid trip to BlogHer Food ’13!


Can we just take a breath?  Let’s absorb all this and have a stiff drink…I think a shot of moonshine might help me wind down.

Or a few of these Banana, Orange and Chocolate Truffles

Okay. So. I know they’re not real truffles, but… You know… They’re round(?) (doesn’t that count?!)

Banana, Orange and Chocolate Truffles | | #chocolate #recipe #cookies #dessert

It’s been ages since we talked about chocolate around here… like, a week, but still…in my time, that was ages ago.

I made these for my dad. He asked me to make him something sweet, with fruits and nuts, but without butter.

My response to that request? —-> Ummmm. Oooookaaaay.

Next thing you know I’m mashing a banana that’s completely black, grinding graham crackers and nuts, and hoping and praying that I didn’t eat that last XL chocolate bar…

Surprise surprise! I did eat it! At this point I’m sort of panicking, but keepin’ my cool.

..back to the drawing board.

and powdered cocoa it is.

A little warning about these babes – don’t try the mixture before you shape it. Seriously! You will eat it all and the “truffles” part will never happen.  I’m speaking from experience… Yes, they are that good!

Banana, Orange and Chocolate Truffles | | #chocolate #recipe #cookies #dessert

These little bon-bon thingamajiggers are the kind of thing that you sit down and eat mindlessly while watching an interview with New Kids On The Block!!! I was in HEAVEN!!!

…And it was 10 a.m. I should be ashamed. They were supposed to be for my Dad.

I had to make them again. For my dad. And for you.


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Banana, Orange and Chocolate Truffles
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Bite size, no-bake cookies, made with graham crackers, bananas, orange juice, nuts and chocolate.
Serves: Makes about 24 cookies
  • 2 cups ground graham crackers
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • grated chocolate or cocoa powder
  1. Combine ground graham crackers, ground walnuts and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix together.
  2. Stir in mashed bananas, orange zest, and orange juice; mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and set in fridge for 30 minutes, or up to an hour.
  4. Remove from fridge.
  5. Place grated chocolate or cocoa powder in a shallow plate; set aside.
  6. Shape cookie dough into bite size balls with your hands.
  7. Roll each cookie in chocolate or cocoa until completely covered.
  8. Set in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. The longer they stand, the better they will taste.
** "Total Time" includes refrigeration time **

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  1. Sarah @ Miss Candiquik September 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    These look awesome!! Pretty photos!

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook April 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    All the great things are in these truffles. Now tell me, what’s your secret to maintain your waistline? ;) Seriously, both great savory and dessert dishes here. I’ll be trouble if I’m your husband. HAHAHA.

  3. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    They totally look like real chocolate truffles to me! They look so delicious and I love your photos!

  4. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet April 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM - Reply

    Love how these have Bananas in them!

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes April 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    These truffles are so beautiful!

  6. foodwanderings April 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM - Reply

    Love these truffles, Katerina. Especially the combination of banana and chocolate. I also love the dark moody pictures.

  7. Ellen April 20, 2013 at 2:45 AM - Reply

    Not sure which thing delights me more: that you had these for breakfast or that you were watching the New Kids. Both fully worthy things to be doing at 10am, methinks:)

  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM - Reply

    What a perfect Friday night treat! I could eat all of these!

  9. Valerie April 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    The NKOTB mention completely derailed my train of thought…
    I would love to sit down with you and enjoy copious amounts of these truffles, with a jug of moonshine, whilst watching NKOTB.

    How’s that for a weekend? :D (Gorgeous photos. I’m so stealing your idea of using a vintage sifter!)

    • Katerina Petrovska April 19, 2013 at 8:42 PM - Reply

      That would be the awesomest.weekend.everrrrrr!

      • Diana July 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM - Reply

        Hello… I made these today because they look delish and sound great. I made them but the balls aren’t forming very easily, the dough is very moist and I added more graham crackers and walnut to give it a more solid texture but it’s still loose kinda… I was able to form balls by wetting my hands a little but they’re not that solid. They’re in the fridge now, can I put them in them the freezer to harden more? What may I have done wrong for that texture to be too mushy?

        • Katerina Petrovska July 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM - Reply

          Hi Diana!

          Yeah, you can most definitely put them in the freezer. They will harden as they stand in the fridge, as well, but putting them in the freezer will make that happen a lot faster. :) It sounds like you did everything correctly. Not sure why they turned mushy – all I can do is guess that maybe there was too much liquid? Let me know how they turn out after they sit in the fridge! Have a great weekend!!

        • Katerina Petrovska July 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM - Reply

          Also, it’s my mistake for not putting the quantity of bananas in grams and/or ounces. Your bananas could have been too big for the recipe, and that, too, could be the reason for the mush.

  10. Ramona April 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM - Reply

    I could eat that entire batch. I can just imagine all the cocoa powder on my fingers. :)

  11. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen April 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM - Reply

    Oh dear! How did I not see this recipe this morning? Thought another giveaway, but no! How fabulous are these? And, for your dad? So sweet! Your Banana Orange and Chocolate Truffles look irresistible, Kate! Getting hard to tell Naomi’s photography from yours lately, too! xo

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    Did you say truffles? Love, and I’m obsessed with your styling… perfect mood! :)

  13. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM - Reply

    These sound so fabulous! I can’t wait to try them! Pinning this one! :)

  14. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous photos, Kate. I like the drama and the lighting and the composition.

    And I bet the subject was way tasty, too.
    Excellent post!

  15. steph@stephsbitebybite April 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM - Reply

    Oh my gawd! I’ll take the whole canister!

  16. Kristy April 19, 2013 at 8:08 AM - Reply

    NKOTB! ;) We are 90’s kids. LOL.

    • Katerina Petrovska April 19, 2013 at 8:12 AM - Reply

      You know it!!! And we’re proud!! LOL!
      Oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh, THE RIGHT STUFF!

  17. DeniseBrowning@From Brazil To You April 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM - Reply

    Truffles or not, they call anyone’s name, especially mine. Have a great week, Kate!

  18. Yup, it does sound like you’ve had a very busy week. And so much fun too.

    I’ve always wondered why truffle confections are named the same name as truffle fungus when one tastes so good and the other, well, like mushrooms. One is gorgeous, and the other looks not good.

    Love your flavor combination here!

  19. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen April 19, 2013 at 7:09 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous little things Kate! You should send us all some, and make a new batch, again, for your dad!

  20. marla April 19, 2013 at 6:43 AM - Reply

    Oh how I could dive into these truffles!

  21. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 19, 2013 at 6:38 AM - Reply

    Common little choco babies, come to mama! =P

  22. Averie @Averie Cooks April 19, 2013 at 6:17 AM - Reply

    Graham crackers, banana, chocolate. YES! They sound wonderful and the dusting of cocoa powder is just beautiful!

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