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If you’re anything like us, your mouth starts watering the second you hear the word “chocolate truffles.” A type of chocolate confectionery, truffles are traditionally spherically shaped, and made with a chocolate ganache center coated in cocoa, some kind of finely chopped nut, or our favorite — even more chocolate.

So when we heard that Rose and Basil, a cafe and dessert bar located in New York City’s East Village, served up an array of 100 percent organic, allergy-friendly, and vegan truffles, we knew we had to see what all the fuss was about.

Rose and Basil’s co-founders Loana Holt and William Wang offer a variety of different beverages, gluten-free and vegan Breakfast Jars, and more than eight flavors of vegan chocolate truffles.

Are these not some of the most beautiful truffles you’ve ever laid eyes on? We’re eyeing the vegan Basil Chocolate truffle in the second row!

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Seriously; let’s examine a little closer. The vegan Basil Truffle is all-organic, sugar-free, gluten-free, and kosher. So it’s allergy friendly!


Rose & Basil

And don’t even get us started on the whimsical, nutritious beauty that is this vegan Breakfast Jar. Coconut pudding and cashew butter? Yes, please.

Don’t forget to pick up a Rainbow latte on your visit, by the way. They’re vegan and hopelessly cute.

Not in New York? Then Make Your Own Vegan Truffles at Home!

Don’t despair if you can’t make it down to Rose & Basil; we have your back. It’s easy and delicious to make your own plant-based chocolate truffles from the comfort of your own home — even tempering chocolate is a skill you can master! Check out the following  recipes from our Food Monster App for some inspiration:

Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle Eggs by Amy Lyons

Nutella lovers around the world, rejoice. These are perfect starter-truffles to make because they require only a handful of ingredients and taste so good! Hazelnut chocolate truffle eggs are smooth and velvety on the inside and have a nice chocolate shell that just melts in your mouth. Simply, melt, shape, freeze, and enjoy!

Gluten-free Chocolate-Covered Strawberry and Coconut Truffles by Holly Jade

Nothing says “I love you” like a box of homemade truffles. These chocolate covered strawberry truffles are the perfect gift for that special somebody in your life. They are an elegant combination of strawberries, coconut, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. Plus, you can get creative when decorating them to give them an extra special touch.

Raw Clean and Colorful Cacao and Walnut Truffles by Karielyn Tillman

These are super easy to make and all you need is a good food processor and your hands to roll them. What’s more, you can dress them up according to your personal preferences, which is so fun! Tillman rolled them in crushed pistachios and crushed goji berries, but if you want to add some sparkle to them, you can even roll them in raw cane sugar.

What do you think? Are you excited to continue experimenting with making your own vegan chocolate truffles? Then we highly suggest downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Rose & Basil/Instagram

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