Christmas Series: Two Really Easy Vegan Truffles Bases

Every Christmas, my French grandmother sends us a box of homemade chocolate truffles. These truffles are chocolaty, and sugar crusted; they melt in your mouth and just beg to be eaten.

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I really wanted to recreate my own vegan version of these delicious truffles and here is what I came up with. I actually made two versions of a “truffle-base” that I then flavoured with different nuts, fruits and spices. You can really personalize the truffles with whatever you prefer.

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This would also make a great gift if you were to put these little chocolate treasures in a tin box.

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Version one: Almond base

Here is what you’ll need for a dozen truffles:

  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil (this really helps making the mix a little less sticky for when you roll them up)
  • 1 tbs of maple syrup

Here is what you have to do:

  1.  Soak the dates in lukewarm water. If you store the dates outside of the fridge, you’ll only need to soak them while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. If you store them in your fridge, soak them for 20 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, put all the other ingredients and process until you have a very fine, slightly sticky powder. This took about 5 minutes. If your food processor is a little old, process for a few seconds and give the machine a break before restarting again.
  3. Drain the dates and press them to take out the excess water. Add them in the food processor.
  4. Process until you have a chocolate ball rolling around your food processor, or until the dates are all mixed in.

Version two: Peanut butter base

Here is what you need for a dozen of truffles :

  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (I use crunchy, but use the kind you prefer)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you do:

  1. Soak the dates in water.
  2. Drain the dates after 10 minutes of soaking, but this time don’t press them.
  3. Add them and the rest of the ingredients in the food processors.
  4. Process until you have a big ball of chocolate rolling around your processor.
  5. Take about a teaspoon of the mixture and roll it. Make sure you slightly wet your hands because this is sticky!

Then, all you have to do is roll about a teaspoon of the base and add some flavour. Here is what I use for these:

  • sesame seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • fresh cranberries
  • almonds
  • cashews
  • earl grey tea (this is really great!)
  • cayenne pepper
  • sriracha

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It’s really fun to set up all your ingredients, and mix and match flavours. And yes, one of these truffles has sriracha in it. Surprise! Of course you can adapt these to match your taste.

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Let me know what you think of these little delicious truffles. They’re not my grandma’s recipe, but they are still pretty amazing! Keep them in the fridge in an air-tight container, and they will last for about 2 weeks… if you can stop yourself from eating them all at once!

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Candy review: Squish!

A few months ago, my mother brought me a package of gummies from a new candy store: Squish. At first I was a little bit skeptic as most gummies are made out of gelatin and are therefore not vegan. However, I was curious to discover these Montreal-made, more natural candies.

Then, oh my, what a surprise I had when I realized that they offer a large variety of vegan gummies, gumdrops and hard candies. So last week-end, I went to see the store for myself, and I kind of lost control.

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Yeah.

Well, to my defense they offered three packs of candies for 15$. I tried a variety of candies, and I have to say, they are quite amazing! It is such a walk down memory lane to eat gummies again. The flavours are fruity and rich, without being too overwhelming… except if you are dealing with sour candies. The gummy bears are a little bit harder then the original version, but the flavours are really great: they do taste like real fruits.

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My favourite were by far the sour cucumbers. I cannot pinpoint the flavour, but they were sour, refreshing and had an amazing gummy texture, just like I remembered.

Since I bought quite a few of these little wonders, I filled small masson jars with a variety of candies. They will be little Christmas gifts.

Do you have any candy recommendation that are vegan? If you are in Montreal, I would definitely go pay a visit to Squish; they are quite amazing candies!