Are you pro-snow or anti-snow?
I love the ambiance and quiet of a good, clean snow. But besides the freakish October dusting we got, our sidewalks have remained sadly dry. And as I face a new semester of public transit and lots of walking, I'm secretly crossing my fingers that we'll make it out on the other side, sans snow.
But that doesn't mean I can't still enjoy a few snowballs this season...
The trick to making healthier, vegan truffles is to replace the dairy with healthy fats. Here's a post about the amazing potential of coconut fat. Use coconut oil, nut butters, or seed butters as a base. Then get creative with flavors and coatings.
If you use raw cacao powder, these truffles are also appropriate for a raw food diet. Raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free truffles. And yet...so indulgent.
The dark chocolate peanut butter truffles seemed to be a big hit, so I'm sure you'll enjoy these as well! The best part about these truffle recipes is how easy they are. Smoosh, and roll. To make measuring sticky ingredients easier, it's worth investing in a kitchen scale. Nutrition labels should tell you how much certain volumes weigh, and then you can just scoop right into the bowl!
Raw Almond Joy Truffles
1/2 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 tsp liquid stevia
dash of salt
1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)
about 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Carefully mix the coconut oil and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Since the almond extract will not be cooked, it will add a slightly bitter taste of alcohol to your chocolates. If you don't think you'll like this, omit.
Refrigerate the mixture for about 20 minutes. Scoop balls of the mixture out and drop them into the coconut. Cover with coconut and shape the truffles.
You can try rolling these with your hands, but they melt easily, so I recommend using a melon baller and a teaspoon to scoop out your truffles. If the mixture becomes too soft while working with it, just stick it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Likewise, if it's too hard, let it sit at room temperature for awhile.
Refrigerate the truffles for at least an hour before eating. Store in the refrigerator.
Update: See these featured on the Healthy Living Blogs site!