Fantastically rich, incredibly moreish and secretly healthy, these homemade dairy-free chocolate truffles are a total game changer. Much better than the chocolates you buy from the store, these homemade truffles taste amazing and are entirely plant-based, so everyone can enjoy a bite.
Smooth and creamy without any dairy
The main ingredient in ordinary truffles is cream. To make these homemade chocolate truffles 100% vegan-friendly, this recipe uses coconut milk in place of cream. Not only is coconut milk plant-based, but it’s also super good for you.
Coconut milk is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals, it can temporarily boost your metabolism and lowers bad cholesterol levels. This makes coconut milk a fantastic option for everyone, not just for vegans.
You won’t find a single granule of sugar in these homemade dairy-free truffles. The perfect level of sweetness comes from a combination of natural dates and maple syrup. Dates are absolutely bursting with health benefits. As well as being rich in protein, iron, fiber and antioxidants, they also promote brain and bone health.
Maple syrup is a healthy ingredient too. Full of minerals and antioxidants, it’s a much healthier alternative to regular granulated sugar or even honey.
Quick and easy
You might think making vegan chocolate truffles from scratch would take forever, but it really doesn’t. These bites of delicious chocolate heaven are so quick and easy to make you won’t believe it.
It takes a while for the dates to soften and the chocolate truffle mixture to chill in the refrigerator. But the active time you’ll spend following directions is less than 20 minutes.
Because these truffles are so speedy to make, they’re the perfect last-minute gift for a chocolate-loving friend. Pop them into a gift box, wrap it with ribbon and the person you hand them to will think they’re from a fancy artisan chocolate shop. They’ll never guess they took you less time to make than it does to watch your favorite TV show.
Can you use cocoa powder?
Cocoa mass can sometimes be tricky to get a hold of. If you can’t find any in your local stores and you don’t want to wait for an online delivery, you can substitute cocoa powder for cocoa mass.
To make these homemade vegan truffles with cocoa powder, substitute 160g cocoa mass and 40g cocoa butter for 80g cocoa powder and 160g cocoa butter. All the other ingredients and directions remain exactly the same.
How to store these homemade dairy-free chocolate truffles
These dairy-free truffles are best when stored inside an air-tight container in the refrigerator. This way they’ll keep their round shape and will be deliciously chilled when you bite into them. If you store them at room temperature, you run the risk of them slightly melting. Especially during summer.
When you properly store the homemade vegan truffles in the refrigerator, they should keep for a week at least. But good luck making a single batch last that long! There’s no way anyone can eat just one of these delicious chocolates.
Homemade Dairy-Free Chocolate Truffles
- 160 g cocoa mass
- 40 g cocoa butter
- 20 large dates
- 160 g coconut milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- Place the dates into a medium-sized bowl and cover with hot water. Leave to stand for 15 minutes until soft. Rinse and remove the pits and skin.
- Add the cocoa mass and cocoa butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until melted.
- Place the pitted dates, coconut milk and maple syrup into the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate mixture you made in the microwave into the food processor and blend until combined.
- Transfer into a glass container. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
- Scoop out 1 tablespoon sized pieces of the chocolate mix and use the palms of your hands to form them into balls. Dip each chocolate ball into cocoa powder or coconut flakes for a beautiful finishing touch.