I have developed an addiction to vegan chocolate truffles from the juice place down the street from me. They are silky smooth and have the perfect chocolate to salt ratio. I have been meaning to try and recreate my own chocolate truffle concoction at home if for no other reason than to save a few bucks and have some fun in the kitchen. I started doing some research knowing that I wanted the recipe to include as few ingredients as possible so that it would be easy and I wouldn't be filling my pantry with items I would never use again. Here is what I came up with and they are really quite good!
- 14 organic high quality pitted dates sliced in half (if they are not pitted in the store, it is really easy to pit them at home)
- 4 Tbs of raw cacao powder + extra for dusting
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1 Tbs of coconut oil
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides to keep the dough mixing.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and rub a small amount of coconut oil into your hands so the dough doesn't stick when you form your dough into balls. Roll the dough into about 3/4" balls and place them on the parchment paper like so:
- In a small bowl or ramekin with a 1/4 cup of cacao powder roll your truffles through the powder until fully covered. Tap them lightly to dust off any excess and then place back on the parchment paper
- Optional to top each truffle with a bit of flaked salt (I used Maldon) to add that little extra salt flavor and make them look beautiful!
- Place them in the fridge for at least an hour so they firm up