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Bryanna Clark Grogan

Bryanna Clark Grogan

Posted February 13, 2011

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NEW VEGAN TRUFFLE CHOCOLATE RECIPES FOR YOUR VALENTINE

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orange marmalade/rum/pecan chocolate truffles

 Rum and orange marmalade truffles rolled in ground pecans

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I've had quite a few inquiries about my easy vegan chocolate truffle recipe from a February 2007 blog post.  Several people asked about making them without the Earth Balance (non-hydrogenated margarine).  I provided some suggestions for alternatives, such as using nut butter, and I wanted to try that for myself.  I also wanted to re-vamp my old recipe using silken tofu, and this would be a better bet for anyone allergic to nuts, of course.  So, below I have posted the results of my truffle-making experiments over the last two days-- a basic recipe utilizing nut butter, and a basic recipe utilizing silken tofu, with some variations for both.  After trying these, you can let  your imagination run free and make up your own versions!

Now, I want to say that I am NOT a good candy-maker.  I don't make candy very often and it always makes me nervous!  But I have found making truffles to be quite easy and even pretty fast.  (And so satisfying when everyone ooh's and ahh's!)

The main thing is to use high-quality chocolate (and other ingredients) and to be careful when melting the chocolate.  (You don't have to worry about that in the second version below-- the one made with the silken tofu-- because a hot mixture is poured over the chocolate in a food processor and it melts as you blend-- couldn't be easier!)  But, with the nut butter version, you need to melt the chocolate first.  Chocolate can become lumpy or grainy if overheated!  I give you 3 different methods of melting.  I use the microwave one, but remember that microwaves vary according to their wattage--  the higher the wattage, the hotter and faster they are!  Mine is a 1200 watt oven, so it works pretty fast.  I check it every 30 seconds and use 50% power.

Remember these 3 things when melting chocolate:

Chop the chocolate into small pieces.

Keep the heat low so that the chocolate doesn’t burn or curdle.

Make sure no water gets into the chocolate as it’s melting, as it may cause the chocolate to seize.

NOTE: See why these are called "truffles" in my older truffle post!

There are many brands of dairy-free, organic, fair trade chocolate and cocoa for you to choose from, by the way-- Cocoa Camino, Dagoba, Equal Exchange, Green & Black's, Trader Joe's, and more!  Read the labels, please.  Here's a list with more, and another list.

Well, have fun with these and Happy Valentine's Day!

a plate of mixed truffles 

A plate of mixed truffles--Amaretto truffles rolled in crushed espresso beans or almond flakes; Hot and Spicy Truffles (with chipotle powder and cinnamon) rolled in Drinking Chocolate; orange marmalade and rum truffles rolled in chopped hazelnuts and some rolled in cocoa powder.

VERSION #1:

Printable Recipe

BRYANNA’S BASIC VEGAN NUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE RECIPE

Makes about 14  truffles-- you can double the recipe! (Margarine-free and soy-free)

1 cup (6 ounces) dairy-free dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet), chopped, or chocolate chips (preferably organic, fair trade)

1/4 cup nut butter of your choice

1/4 cup liqueur, liquor, strong coffee, juice, Italian non-alcoholic flavoured syrup for coffees and sodas (Monin or Torani), jam or marmalade, or even vegan "dulce de leche"

2 tablespoons nondairy milk or creamer

Optional additions:

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon spice of choice

grated zest of 1/2 a medium organic orange or 1 organic lime

whatever else strikes your fancy!

For Finishing, approximately 1/2 cup of:

Drinking Chocolate mix (this should be dairy-free; my favorite is Cocoa Camino, but other organic, fair trade brands are Dagoba and Equal Exchange)

unsweetened cocoa powder 

crushed espresso beans

crushed cocoa nibs

finely chopped, slivered, ground or flaked roasted nuts

lightly toasted grated or flaked coconut

 

Place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, or you can melt it in a microwave-proof bowl or measuring pitcher in 30-second intervals at 50% or lower power until soft (it will actually finish melting completely when you stir it!). Or you can melt it in a heat-proof bowl in a 200ºF oven (a toaster oven, perhaps?) for 5-10 minutes. Cook until just chocolate melts, stirring often.  Do not overheat. With an electric mixer, beat in the nut butter. Gradually beat in the liquid(s), beating constantly to keep the mixture creamy and smooth. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours, until firm.

With your hands, roll the mixture into approximately 1" balls. Roll balls in the finishing mixture of your choice, shaking off excess. If your hands get too warm, wash them off in very cold water and dry thoroughly before resuming.

You can place the truffles in little candy cups, if you like-- gold foil ones are nice.

VARIATIONS:

1.) BRYANNA’S VEGAN HOT AND SPICY CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Makes about 14 truffles-- you can double the recipe! (Margarine-free and soy-free)

1 cup (6 ounces) dairy-free dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet), chopped, or chocolate chips (preferably organic, fair trade)

1/4 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter of your choice

2 tablespoons Kahlua, rum or strong coffee, or rum-flavored Italian non-alcoholic syrup for coffees and sodas (Monin or Torani)

2 tablespoons nondairy milk or creamer

Additions:

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chilli powder (or you can use ancho, or any favorite)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons chopped cocoa nibs (for crunch!)

For finishing:

1/2 cup of Drinking Chocolate mix (this should be dairy-free; my favorite is Cocoa Camino, but other organic, fair trade brands are Dagoba and Equal Exchange)

 

Follow the directions in the basic recipe.

 

2.) BRYANNA’S VEGAN RASPBERRY ALMOND TRUFFLES

Makes about 14 truffles-- you can double the recipe! (Margarine-free and soy-free)

1 cup (6 ounces) dairy-free dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet), chopped, or chocolate chips (preferably organic, fair trade)

1/4 cup almond butter

2 tablespoons good-quality raspberry jam

2 tablespoons nondairy milk or creamer OR raspberry liqueur or raspberry Italian non-alcoholic raspberry-flavored syrup for coffees and sodas (Monin or Torani)

Finishing:

chopped, slivered or flaked almonds, lightly toasted

 

Follow the directions in the basic recipe.

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VERSION #2:

Printable Recipe

BRYANNA’S BASIC VEGAN SILKEN TOFU GANACHE-BASED CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Makes about 15 truffles-- you can double the recipe! (Margarine-free)


1 cup (6 ounces) dairy-free dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet), chopped, or chocolate chips (preferably organic, fair trade)

1/3 cup extra-firm silken tofu

1/4 cup TOTAL liquid-- any combination of liqueur, liquor, strong coffee, juice, Italian non-alcoholic flavoured syrup for coffees and sodas (Monin or Torani), jam or marmalade, or even vegan "dulce de leche"

Optional additions:

1/4 to1/2 teaspoon spice of choice

grated zest of 1/2 medium organic orange or 1 organic lime

whatever else strikes your fancy!

For Finishing, approximately 1/2 cup of:

Cocoa Camino Drinking Chocolate (this should be dairy-free; my favorite is Cocoa Camino, but other organic, fair trade brands are Dagoba and Equal Exchange)

unsweetened cocoa powder

ground dark chocolate

crushed espresso beans

crushed cocoa nibs

finely chopped, slivered, ground or flaked roasted nuts

lightly toasted grated or flaked coconut

 

Break the chocolate up (not necessary if you use chocolate chips) and process it finely in a dry food processor.  Leave the chocolate in the processor.

Blend the tofu and total liquid together in a small blender container or with a hand/immersion blender until VERY smooth.  Heat it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until almost to the boiling point, or microwave it in a microwave-safe bowl for about 45 seconds at 50% power, or until very hot, but not boiling.  (If the mixture seems to curdle at all, blend it again until smooth.)

With the motor of the food processor running, pour the hot mixture in through the feed tube.  Process until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate melted. 

Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl and refrigerate.  Allow to chill for about an hour before shaping. 

With your hands, roll the mixture into approximately 15/ 1" balls (they don't have to be totally round if you are making them look like real "truffles"). TIP: If your hands get too warm while you roll, wash them off in very cold water and dry thoroughly before resuming.  Roll the truffles in the finishing mixture of your choice, shaking off any  excess.

You can place each truffle in little candy cups, if you like-- gold foil ones are nice.

VARIATIONS:

#1) BRYANNA’S VEGAN ALMOND/ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Makes about 15 truffles-- you can double the recipe!  (Margarine-free)

 

1 cup (6 ounces) dairy-free dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet), chopped, or chocolate chips (preferably organic, fair trade)

1/3 cup extra-firm silken tofu

2 tablespoons nondairy milk

2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur, OR almond-flavored Italian non-alcoholic syrup for coffees and sodas (Monin or Torani)

For Finishing:

1/2 cup crushed espresso beans and/or lightly-toasted flaked almonds

 

Follow the directions in the basic recipe.

orange marmalade/rum/pecan chocolate truffles 

#2.) BRYANNA’S  ORANGE MARMALADE/HAZELNUT (OR PECAN) TRUFFLES

Makes about 15 truffles-- you can double the recipe!  (Margarine-free)

 

1 cup (6 ounces) dairy-free dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet), chopped, or chocolate chips (preferably organic, fair trade)

1/3 cup extra-firm silken tofu

2 tablespoons good-quality orange marmalade

2 tablespoons rum OR rum-flavored Italian non-alcoholic syrup for coffees and sodas (Monin or Torani) 

Finishing:

1/2 cup finely-chopped or ground lightly-roasted hazelnuts or pecans

 

Follow the directions in the basic recipe.

 

Enjoy!

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011

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Wow, these look decadant & delicious!

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