Vegan Chocolate Truffles

 

Gluten-free (and vegan) chocolate truffles, perfect for that special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Truffles are traditionally made with a filling of chocolate ganache; however, these chocolate truffles, made with a center of coconut flour and shortening, can only be called one thing: a truffle. Not a traditional one, but one nonetheless.These sweet yet dark gluten-free vegan truffles will be handcrafted this Valentine’s Day as a special treat for me and my friends and family. We all know we have a sweet spot, yet these will be guaranteed to be a hit with anyone on any diet, as they are gluten-free, egg free and dairy-free. I also ditched the sugar, yet these are still decadent and plenty sweet.

My baked donut holes were an inspiration for these gluten-free vegan chocolate truffles, after I heard of someone using chia seed meal to replace the egg. Like magic, it worked, and I will definitely be using this method quite often for a different nutrient ratio. Omega-3′s fill this dessert, as does fiber and vegetarian protein. I wouldn’t advise using flaxseed meal to replace the chia seed meal, as it results in an unpleasant sensation after swallowing.

 

Vegan Chocolate Truffles
Dessert
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Delicious vegan and guten-free chocolate truffles.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed meal
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • ¼ cup organic palm shortening
  • ¼ cup xylitol
  • 1 tbsp. honey (optional)
  • 1 pinch stevia extract (if omitting the honey)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp. sifted coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp. himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Soak chia seed meal in 3 tbsp. water for five minutes and set aside.
  3. Cream the shortening with the xylitol, honey (if using), stevia extract and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Sift the coconut flour and salt together on top of the creamed mixture.
  5. Add the soaked chia seed meal and stir to thoroughly combine.
  6. Roll into one inch balls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Bake on a greased baking glass baking dish for 10-15 minutes, or until golden and firm to the touch.
  8. Let truffles cool completely before rolling in cocoa powder.
  9. Let truffles set and roll once more in cocoa powder before serving, if desired.

Number of servings (yield): 12 dozen truffles

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