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Monday, 12 February 2018 09:06

Truffle Treats for Your Valentine

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Truffle Treats for your Valentine Truffle Treats for your Valentine Nicole Van Hoey
I'm bringing back some Valentine's treats from 2016---either as is or as inspiration with a few recent #freefromfridays #customeater posts from this week, most notably these awesome chocolate hearts from Cherished by Me: http://cherishedbyme.com/2018/02/raspberry-coconut-dark-chocolate-hearts/. My first attempt at truffles, in 2016, was perhaps messier than molded chocolate, but it was a lot of fun! If you link out, you'll find a bonus recipe for oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies (not yet wheat-free but free from all other top 8 and more), too. Happy Valentine's week, Fat Tuesday week, and more to everyone!

  • Ingredients: 1 cup coconut cream
    1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
    2 Tbsp flavoring oil (optional, such as peppermint or coffee)
    2 tsp vanilla
    ½ tsp salt
    any toppings for rolling: cocoa, powdered sugar, melted chocolate, sprinkles, etc.
  • Instructions: 1. In a medium bowl, mix with a spoon or spatula the coconut cream, flavor (if using), vanilla, and salt.

    2. In a separate glass bowl, melt the chocolate chips by microwaving for 45 seconds and repeating once if needed, stirring to incorporate unmelted chips.

    3. Allow the chips to cool slightly. If you can, allow them to cool to room temperature.

    4. Add the melted chocolate into the coconut mixture. (If your chocolate is still warm, your end mixture may be less smooth now but will still be roll-able later.)

    5. Let the coconut-chocolate mixture sit on the counter for 15 minutes.

    6. Refrigerate the mixture (uncovered) for 2 hours. Meanwhile, prepare your rolling area by laying out wax, a bowl of cocoa powder or sugar, and any preferred toppings.

    7. After 2 hours, remove the mixture from refrigeration and scoop a tablespoon-sized amount of cold chocolate into your palm.

    8. Roll the chocolate mixture into a ball and place it on the wax. Repeat this step for as many truffles as you’d like. During breaks, it is okay to refrigerate the unused mixture.

    9. Roll or dip your truffles in the desired toppings, and allow any melted chocolate to harden on the wax paper.

    10. Place your truffles in mini-muffin liners to present as gifts.
  • Serves: dozens
  • Cuisine: American (general)
  • Cooking method: Microwave
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no meat / poultry, no alcohol, no grains
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, 5 or fewer ingredients, Holiday Sweets & Treats
  • Top 8 allergens?: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 0-15 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 2-3 hours
  • Substitution ideas: If you avoid coconut, go ahead and use any thick dairy or non-dairy cream instead. I haven't, but you might even try a softened vegan stick butter-replacer.
  • Specialty Diets: Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian
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