Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Hey guys! How are ya? Hope you’ve had a lovely day.

Thank you for all of the tips and advice (and horror stories haha) about flying a pet as cargo. I forgot to mention a couple of critical details when I told ya’ll the situation- sorry about that! Viesa is taking a one-way trip to Tucson. That’s why she’s coming with me, otherwise I’d just kennel her or ask my auntie to watch her. I haven’t written about it much on the blog, but the dog situation has been a little rough in Orlando. You guys know that Viesa attacked Bella a year ago and injured her. Well, since then we’ve been casually looking for another family to adopt Vies. We love her like crazy, and it sucks, and I’m getting teary writing this, but she needs to be with a family where she’s the only pet. She attacked my aunt’s dog a few weeks ago –I jumped in and he got scratched up, but not seriously hurt- and since then she’s been staying in the kitchen, away from the other dogs. When I take the dogs out, I take Vies, and then the little dogs. It’s been a lot of work, and very stressful to keep everyone separated.

A great family friend and her fiance have been wanting a Shiba Inu for a while, and we know they’ll be a perfect home for her. We wanted her to go to someone we know, so we’d still get to see her. So that’s why she’s coming with me to Tucson…

I’m going to look into buying her a seat on the plane next to me– if they let me do it, I know she’ll curl up and sleep the whole time. She’s a good girl.


Let’s talk about chocolate.


Better yet, chocolate coconut balls 🙂

As you guys know, I ate a lot of legendary desserts in San Francisco this past weekend.


Out of the sweets euphoria, one of the most notable was the almond joy truffle I enjoyed at Cafe Gratitude.


I was so excited to create a version at home. This one is sans almonds, so it’s more like a Mounds truffle 🙂

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

1. In a bowl, add one bag of unsweetened coconut (2 1/2 C), 1/2 C pure maple syrup (or 1/3 C agave), a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/3-1/2 C coconut oil, 1/8 t sea salt


2. Mix well.


3. Using a melon ball scooper (or a tablespoon) and your hands, roll mixture into several balls of uniform size.


4. Wash your hands. Or just one, so you can photograph the other 😉


5. Let the balls chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, pack up your dinner to take to work:


A salmon salad, with arugula, spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese, garlic gold, grilled salmon, lemon and olive oil


+ steamed brussels sprouts with organic butter and sea salt


Take the dogs for a little walk 🙂

6. Next, make the ganache. In a double boiler (or a pot that’s cooking the millet you’re going to eat for lunch, topped with a glass bowl), add a bar of superdark chocolate + 1/4 C almond milk

chocolate (2)

In order for the recipe to come out accurately, a piece of chocolate is recommended;)

Stir frequently, and dip each ball into the warmed chocolate to coat.


At first, I started to coat these so they were smooth and pretty, but kind of liked them messy better. Fun garnish choices are cacao nibs (which I used), extra coconut or ground almond.


Quality control 😉


I hope you like the recipe! Let me know if ya try it.

I’m back to work but I hope you have a great night! <3

See ya tomorrow with the final week of Bridal Bootcamp. How have the workouts been going??



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  1. Moni'sMeals on November 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Sweet Recipe! Thanks Gina, I will try this. Easy too. 🙂

    Sorry about precious Viesa. 🙁 It will work out. Maybe you can look for another pup soon when you feel ready.

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

      yes, i may have to get another pup for the pilot- technically vies is *his* dog. she was a gift from me for his first deployment 🙁

  2. Shanna, Like Banana on November 10, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Oh my sorry that you have to give up Viesa…I know how heart wrenching that is, but you are doing the right thing!

  3. Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa on November 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I am so sorry you have to give up Viesa. Its hard when you can tell they really need to be on only dog. You’re doing the right thing, even though it sucks.

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      i might have to order those! thanks!

  4. Carolyn on November 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    What a bummer that you have to give Viesa to a new home but I am sure she will be very happy in a home where she is the center of attention!
    If you have time for a meet up in Tucson, let me know. I moved to Tucson at the end of July (emailed you awhile back for suggestions).

    P.S. Those truffles looks delicious!!

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      i’ll totally do a meet-up!

  5. Jill on November 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    The truffles look amazing. I will definetly be making those for stocking stuffers

  6. Dee on November 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Wow Gina! This looks incredible! I might just have to try this out! 😉

  7. Sana on November 11, 2010 at 2:19 am

    There have been a lot of balls circulating around the bloggy world as of late ;).
    Oh goodness I am glad your dog is going to a good home with lots of love 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

      love the ball abundance 🙂

  8. Ashley on November 11, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Hey Gina,

    I was looking at a picture on the blog of pilot + Vies on the couch together and as pleased as we are to be adding her to our family, I felt a little heartbroken for you guys (and Viesa!). I hope she can learn to love us and the desert and we look forward to getting to know her.

    Let us know when she’ll be coming out! 🙂

  9. Heather on November 12, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Aw. That makes me so sad to hear that you are giving your dog up. Did you think about working with a dog trainer at all? I could never give my babies up.

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

      we have worked with a trainer :/ she just has dominance issues w small dogs. it makes me so sad 🙁

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