It's always important to treat yourself and sweet cravings when you can, which is what these dark chocolate almond truffles are perfect for! Toasted almonds and dates are thrown into the mix of these rich sweet bites. Make yourself a delicious dessert when you get the chance with these dark chocolate almond truffles.
Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles [ Vegan]
- 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes
- 1 cup Medjool dates (packed), pits removed (about 11 dates / do not soak in water)
- 1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
First, let's toast the almonds. Heat a small skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the chopped almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl to cool and set aside for now.
Place the coconut in your food processor and process until you have tiny flakes, a little bigger than sesame seeds. (Don't over process or you'll end up with coconut flour!) Transfer to a small bowl and set aside for now.
Place the dates (unsoaked) in the food processor. Pulse until they are chopped into tiny pieces and are starting to become a paste. If it clumps up in a ball while processing, remove the lid and break it up and then continue pulsing.
To the food processor, add the cocoa powder, almond butter, non-dairy milk, almond extract, vanilla and salt. Process until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides or break up a big blob if needed. When it's smooth, add the toasted almonds that you set aside earlier and pulse a few times to incorporate them into the mixture.
Use your hands to form a 1 inch ball of the mixture (about 3/4 ounce) then roll it in the coconut bits you set aside earlier, pressing the coconut into the outside of the ball and forming a nicely-rounded ball. Place it in your storage container and continue this process until all of the truffle mixture is gone. Cover the container and store in the refrigerator.