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Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is from Elizabeth Rider’s Whole Living Blog. I haven’t made them yet but they look delicious!  Dark chocolate is low in sugar and high in Antioxidants,  so enjoy!

Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles

Homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours (including time to set)
Yields 8 truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic dark chocolate bar, at least 70% cocoa (3.2-3.5 ounces)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons organic, virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons organic prepared coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract (preferable Madagascar vanilla)
  • 1 small pinch fine sea salt, such as Real Salt
  • Organic unsweetened dark cocoa power for sifting, about 1/4 cup

Tip: Use the best quality organic ingredients you an afford. The best quality chocolate will produce the yummiest truffles.

vegan chocolate truffle ingredients

Recipe: Prepare a cup of coffee and reserve 1 1/2 tsp of the coffee (or save 1 1/2 tsp from your morning coffee.) Create a double-broiler with a small pot and glass bowl.* While you’re waiting for the water to boil, cut the chocolate into very small pieces using a sharp knife to help it melt easily. Once the water in the double-boiler is boiling, add the chocolate and stir often with a wooden spoon until it’s melted; this should take about 3 minutes. A double-boiler is recommended instead of a microwave to prevent overcooking the chocolate. (This process is called tempering and prevents the chocolate from seizing; the chocolate should remain shiny the entire time. If it starts to look dull or matte it’s overcooked.)

vegan chocolate truffles

Once the chocolate is almost all melted, add coconut oil and keep stirring until the mixture is well combine and smooth. Once smooth, remove the glass bowl to the counter and add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Stir well, another 2 minutes, until all ingredients are well combine and smooth. At this point, the mixture should be cool enough to taste – but be very careful not to burn yourself. Taste the mixture to check your flavorings.

Put the bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour (more if needed) until the chocolate is set. It will be firm but easily scoop-able – a.k.a. the texture of a truffle. If it becomes too firm, just set it out at room temperature for 10 minutes. Scoop teaspoon size balls from the mixture and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. A melon baller works perfect for this, or use a teaspoon and your fingers to shape the balls for a more rustic look. Coconut oil melts on contact with your fingers so using your hands and fingers might get a little messy – just be sure to work quickly so the truffles don’t melt too much.

chocolate vegan truffles

Once all truffles are on the sheet, dust them all with the unsweetened cocoa powder using a sieve. Place the truffles back in the refrigerator at least 2 more hours to set and keep in the refrigerator until served. They will start to melt after about an hour at room temperature so it’s important to keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They’ll keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

*Create a double-boiler by placing a tightly-fitting tempered glass bowl on top of a pot of  boiling water. The water should not touch the bowl; the steam from the water will heat the bowl and melt the chocolate. It’s important to use tempered glass to it doesn’t shatter.

Happy Birthday to Susan Abbot!

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