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Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Skip the extra cup of coffee, tea, and soda. A couple of these Vegan Chocolate Truffles will give you a boost instead. Dense, chocolatey, and not too sweet, these bites are gluten-free, vegan, and don’t require you to turn on the oven.

Vegan chocolate truffles neatly arranged on a white plate.

It’s been a while since I shared a healthy no-bake treat. I made chocolate pistachio quinoa bars over a year ago and haven’t made anything like it since.

Most often I make almond butter oat bites because they are just enough to satiate my sweet cravings without making me feel guilty.

Last week, I took the concept of both recipes above and made a sweet snack that is vegan and gluten-free. If you are on a restricted diet, you can still enjoy life’s sweet pleasures with this delightful recipe.

You need just a handful of ingredients to make a batch of these vegan truffles: dark chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla, espresso, and agave syrup. I also like to add a pinch of sea salt.

Dark chocolate and coconut milk in a glass bowl.
Melted chocolate ganache in a glass bowl.

Making vegan chocolate truffles couldn’t be easier. You just warm the coconut milk then pour it over the dark chocolate.

Let it sit until the chocolate gets nice and melty then stir it until it’s smooth. It’s just like making ganache!

Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir. This is the point where you’d add anything extra like shredded coconut or chopped nuts. Finely chopped dried fruit would also be tasty.

Balls of chocolate ganache lined on parchment paper.
Ball of chocolate ganache in a bowl of cocoa powder.

The ganache needs to be refrigerated for about 3 hours to firm up. Once it’s firm,  scoop and roll it into 1 tablespoon size balls.

If it gets too sticky, it might be helpful to lightly wet your hands before rolling. You can roll the truffle bites in cocoa powder, crushed nuts or leave them plain.

These vegan chocolate truffles are simple yet fully decadent.

Vegan chocolate truffles on a white plate with a bite taken out of one of the truffles.

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Vegan chocolate truffles neatly arranged on a white plate.

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 10 truffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Skip the extra cup of coffee, tea, and soda. A couple of these Vegan Chocolate Truffles will give you a boost instead. Dense, chocolatey, and not too sweet, these bites are gluten-free, vegan, and don’t require you to turn on the oven.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces (113 g) full-fat unsweetened coconut milk, from a can
  • 4 ounces (95 g) vegan dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup (28 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk over low heat just until it's about to boil. 
  2. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir with a silicone spatula until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla, espresso powder, agave, and sea salt. Stir until well combined. 
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours, until firm and scoopable.
  5. Using a 1 tablespoon size cookie scoop, scoop out the ganache and roll it in cocoa powder until evenly coated.
  6. Store the truffles in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Regular dark chocolate can be used for nonvegans.
  2. Try adding your own mix-ins. Shredded coconut and chopped nuts make great additions.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Catherine

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Will this work if I leave out the coffee? Should I increase the vanilla or add a different flavoring?

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 26th of December 2019

Yes, you can leave it out. No other changes are needed.

Nina Christoffersen

Saturday 15th of December 2018

hi! thinking about making these as a christmas present for my sisters, one is vegan and the other dairy free, but they both still love chocolate, so thiz would be perfect for them!! i was just wondering if the recipe calls for canned coconut milk (the stuff that separates when cold into the cream and the... coconut water i think) or the stuff you get in a carton box thing, like you would soya or almond milk...?

Jen Sobjack

Saturday 15th of December 2018

I used canned coconut milk because I feel it has more flavor but I image the refrigerated kind would work just as well here.

Natalie

Thursday 30th of November 2017

I love these and they look delicious! Can't wait to try it :)

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 30th of November 2017

I hope you enjoy them!

Shweta

Wednesday 20th of July 2016

Just tried them. They are so amazing n easy. Loved it.

Jen

Sunday 24th of July 2016

Thank you for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the truffles!

Lynn | The Road to Honey

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Funny enough the weather has been over-the-top erratic here in Boston as of late. One minute it's in the 90's and the next minute I'm dusting off my polar fleeces (and still cold. . .I might add). On those cold days, I have had no problems cranking up my oven. But on those days when the temperatures soar (and the

Lynn | The Road to Honey

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Woah. .. I guess my finger twitched and I had premature post syndrome. . .What I was trying to say (but in a more restrained, adult like way) is "gimme, gimme these yummy balls" I'm always down for a feel good snack.

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