I live for dark chocolate and one evening after work, Will thoughtfully picked up a 90% cocoa bar. I wasn’t even aware that 90% had hit the market yet. With that said, I knew exactly what was coming. I broke off a square for myself and handed one to Will. His face was priceless. “That tastes like tree bark!” He cried. I had to laugh. $3 for some high end tree bark. He apologized and insisted I throw it out. I chose instead to package it up for the freezer. Surely we could make something out of it.
Over the next few weeks, I began to talk myself into making truffles. They did amazing. Sadly, truffles require heavy cream and I never seem to have that on hand. I did however, have coconut milk. Can you make decent truffles using coconut milk? What would the vegans do? I googled and found this recipe .
The recipe called for bittersweet chocolate; not tree bark but I was certain I could make due. Powdered sugar was added 1/4 cup at a time until I had reached the desired sweetness (about 1/2 cup). Then, I threw it in the microwave. Gasp! That’s right for 1 minute and I stirred. I stirred every minute until the chocolate was completely smooth. This was either going to make ganache or fudge and frankly, I was ok with that. Double boilers intimidate me. 1 tsp of vanilla was added to round out the flavors. I let the dish cool before covering it and placing it into the refrigerator.
Roughly 2 hours later, I retrieved my creation and used a 1 tbsp cookie scoop to form 10 little balls. Each ball was then dusted with cocoa powder. Now, we taste. These truffles were incredible. You would never guess they were vegan. The chocolate very rich and extraordinarily smooth. So good in fact, Will spat it right out in the trash can. If you don’t like dark chocolate, you may want to sit this one out. I however, have 10 dark chocolate vegan truffles all to myself!
Note: For truly vegan truffles be sure that your chocolate is in fact vegan. Chocolate may contain milk proteins among other things. Here is a link to the F.E.P’s listing of recommended vegan chocolate companies. Additionally, powdered sugar may contain bone char. Eww, right? Here is a list of bone char free sugar companies. Enjoy!
- 3/4 coconut milk
- 1 90% cocoa bar
- 1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla or coconut extract
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Candy coating (optional)
- Toppings (optional)
- Chop the cocoa bar into fine pieces and place into a microwave safe bowl. Add coconut milk and powdered sugar to the bowl. Microwave for 1 minute at a time stirring in between intervals. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the microwave and stir in the extract. When the bowl and ganache have cooled completely use a 1 tbsp cookie scoop to form the truffles. You can choose to simply roll your truffles in the cocoa powder or dip them individually into melted candy coating. If you choose the candy coating route, be sure to top the truffles while the candy is still wet.