Vegan chocolate has become pretty easy to find over the past few years. However, it can still be harder to find more specialized vegan chocolate treats, such as truffles. If you're craving vegan chocolate truffles, but you are struggling to find them near you, there's an easy solution: make your own! As long as you are able to find vegan chocolate and a few other simple ingredients, you can make your own vegan truffles by following the recipe below.
- 12 ounces vegan chocolate (milk or dark will work, depending on your preferences)
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- vegan chocolate shavings (optional — these are for decoration)
Start by filling the bottom chamber of a double boiler with water. You only need about an inch; the water should not come up to the top chamber of the double boiler.
Bring the water in the double boiler to a simmer over medium heat. Then, reduce the heat to low to keep the water hot, but not boiling. Pour the coconut cream into the top chamber of the double boiler. Heat it for 5 minutes while stirring gently.
As soon as the coconut cream feels hot, add in your vegan chocolate, a handful at a time. Stir well after each handful is added, and don't add another handful until the previous handful is fully melted. When all of the chocolate has been added and melted, add the salt and vanilla extract. Stir well.
Pour the melted chocolate mixture into an 8 x 8 glass pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator, and allow the chocolate to harden. This will take between one and two hours.
When the chocolate is solid, start scooping it out, one teaspoon at a time. Roll each teaspoon of chocolate mixture into a ball, and then drop the ball in the cocoa powder and roll it around.
Place each of your rolled, cocoa-covered truffles on a plate. Stack them up in a neat, attractive way, and then sprinkle some chocolate shavings around the plate as a garnish.
Store your truffles in the refrigerator. If you'll be eating them within 2 or 3 days, you don't need to cover them. Otherwise, transfer them to a covered container, and they will keep for up to three weeks.
Making your own vegan chocolate truffles is fun, and the results are, of course, delicious.