Chocolate truffles

These truffles are amazing. I was given some Booja Booja vegan truffles as a gift at Easter, and had been craving them ever since. But they’re very expensive, and I couldn’t justify spending so much money on a luxury. So, I tried to make them myself. The recipe I developed is insanely simple, but so rich, creamy, and chocolatey. They are exactly what I was hoping for, and others agree that these truffles are near perfection!


Chocolate truffles

Convenience: 10 mins to prepare, 2 hrs to set ~ easy to scale up
Makes: 12 truffles

Ingredients

  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) dark chocolate, about 74% cocoa, finely chopped (most is dairy-free, but be sure to check)
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 g (2 tbsp) cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Put the coconut milk and vanilla into a small saucepan, and heat until very warm but not boiling.
  2. Remove from the heat, and stir in the chopped chocolate until smooth and glossy.
  3. If lumps of unmelted chocolate remain, put the pan back onto low heat and stir for a couple of seconds, then remove from heat and continue stirring until it’s all melted.
  4. Pour the mixture into a small container lined with baking paper or plastic wrap. I use a container that is about 9 cm (3 1/2 inches) square, so that the truffles come out nice and thick.
  5. To let the mixture set, place container in the fridge for 2 hours or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the fridge or freezer once firm, and using a knife, cut the mixture into twelve squares. Alternatively, roll scoops of the mixture into balls.
  7. Put the cocoa powder into a small bowl, then roll the truffle squares or balls in the cocoa, until they are covered on all sides.
  8. Serve the truffles straight away, or put them back into the fridge and take them out 10 mins before serving, so that they can soften slightly.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are particularly harmful to the environment. Let me know if I’m wrong about that.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32They’re very cheap compared to buying truffles. 100 g of 74% chocolate is £1 in the UK. A 400 ml can of coconut milk is also about £1, but it only uses a 45 ml, and the rest can be saved for another recipe. So, when taking into account the cocoa powder and vanilla as well, it’s about £1.25 for 150 g of truffles. I think that’s not too bad, especially compared to Booja Booja, which would be £10 for 150 g. But, they are still an unnecessary luxury (like all sweet treats), so I’ll try not to have them too often!
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32It seems that the evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of dark chocolate is still fairly inconclusive. However, a Cochrane review did reveal that cocoa containing products produced a small but statistically significant reduction in blood pressure in the short-term. More long-term trials are needed to look at the effect of cocoa on clinical outcomes. In the meantime, these truffles contain less sugar than most sweet treats, so are definitely healthier in that way. Overall, I think this recipe just about deserves an EA Tasty Spoon for healthiness.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32These truffles are just so delicious. Friends and family keep asking for more!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5


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