When looking for a vegan, gluten-free dessert that is rich and decadent, truffles are the way to go. Whether you are looking for a dessert dish to bring to a potluck, or something to make for that special someone in your life, you can’t go wrong with a truffle! The great thing about truffles is that they are versatile – you can add just about anything to them to suit your taste: sea salt, coconut flakes, gluten-free crushed pretzels, crushed nuts, dried fruit, crushed candy canes, or even vegan bacon bits.
A note about coconut milk: coconut milk is a delicious dairy milk alternative that is used in a lot of vegetarian and vegan cooking. It is important to read the ingredient list on the back of the can or box, as you may be surprised that even the coconut milk from your favorite health food store may be full of added ingredients and preservatives. Make sure the ingredients are basic, and pronouncable!
Vegan, Gluten Free Chocolate Truffles
Adapted from Simsbury Therapeutic Massage & Wellness
¾ cup organic coconut milk
10 oz vegan, organic chocolate
¼ cup organic, vegan cocoa powder
Your preferred toppings (if any)
1/4-1/2 teaspoons of flavored extracts, such as rum, peppermint, ginger, cherry, etc (optional)
Finely chop the bittersweet chocolate and put in a heat-proof bowl, setting aside.
In a saucepan, heat coconut milk over medium high heat, until it just about to boil – when the small bubbles on the side just start to appear. Pour the heated coconut milk over the chopped chocolate and slowly whisk until the chocolate is melted by the hot coconut milk, and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
If you want to add extract, now is the time to do so.
Next, grab a piece of plastic wrap and lay it directly on the chocolate mixture, pressing it on for a snug seal. Refrigerate for an hour, or until the mixture is firm and able to be scooped and rolled (truffle consistency!)
Place the cocoa powder, and any other toppings you chose, in small, separate bowls and set aside. Lightly dust your hands with the cocoa powder as well, to prevent the truffles from sticking.
Using a small spoon or melon baller, scoop small amounts of the chocolate mixture out of the bowl and roll them with your hands. Then roll them in your desired toppings. Place them on parchment paper or wax paper and refrigerate until they are set.
When you are ready to serve your truffles, take them out of the refrigerator about an hour before serving to allow them to come to room temperature.
These would also make a wonderful Christmas gift, birthday gift or, of course, Valentine’s Day gift!
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