Vegan Chocolate Truffles

When I was visiting my aunt in Cincinnati earlier this month, she showed me how to make vegan truffles.  I expected these to taste lackluster given that they are missing dairy.  However, I found these to be even better than regular truffles I have had.  I think that without the heavy cream, there is a certain light body to these truffles that brings the focus to the chocolate.

Here is how to make these truffles.  You will need one bag of vegan chocolate chips, 4 oz of unsweetened chocolate squares, the “cream” from one can of coconut milk, a splash of vanilla, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

To make the chocolate for the truffles, add the chocolate chips and chocolate squares in a pot over medium heat.  Open a can of coconut milk.  You will see that the coconut milk “cream” has separated from the liquid.  Take the cream part out from the can (not the liquid) and add to the pot with the chocolate.  Add a splash of vanilla for flavor.  Keep on heat and stir occasionally until fully melted with no lumps.  This turns the chocolate into a ganache.  The ganache should be smooth and shiny.

 

At this point, you need to let the chocolate set until it becomes a semi-solid.  For a quicker process, you can stick your chocolate in the freezer until it hardens.  However, if you put the chocolate in the fridge, it should be ready in 1-2 hours.  The chocolate is ready when you can scoop it out with a spoon and it isn’t still melted inside.

To roll the truffles, scoop about a tablespoon of the ganache using a spoon.  Roll the chocolate in your hands to form a ball shape.  (This will get a little messy as the ganache will start to melt in your hands).  Working quickly, roll each ball in your hands and then drop in a bowl of cocoa powder and roll until fully coated.  The chocolate truffles should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

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These truffles are so simple to make, but they are so delicious.  I often find truffles rolled in cocoa powder to be too bitter, but I didn’t notice these being bitter.  The coconut milk balances out the bitterness and offers a creamy, smooth texture.  This would be a great treat for a dinner party or even just for yourself.

 

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