More holiday treats for you today! Check out these little cuties. This is another favourite treat of mine that I like to make to give as a gift to friends. These are a little more work than the Peppermint Bark, but worth the effort.
Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Balls (makes 2-dozen small truffles)
For the Truffles
16 dates, pitted
4 tbsp of cocoa powder
4 tbsp of coconut oil
a few drops of peppermint extract
Combine all ingredients in your food processor and pulse until well combined and the mixture takes on a sticky, dough-like texture. Take a tablespoon and spoon out the mixture and form into little balls and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. This step is easier if your hands are slightly damp – the mixture won’t stick to your hands as much. You may have to rinse your hands part-way through to get the mixture to stick together better. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
For the Chocolate coating
1 cup of vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
1 tsp of coconut oil
4 candy canes, crushed
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a pot on low heat on the stove. Take your hardened truffles out of the freezer and dunk in the chocolate, rolling the truffle around until it is coated. Shake off any excess chocolate and carefully place it back on the cookie sheet. I used a fork to dunk the truffle in the chocolate and then slid the chocolate-coated truffle off of the fork with a spoon. Try to do this step quickly before all of the chocolate hardens. Once the truffles are all coated in chocolate, sprinkle the crushed candy cane on top and gently press it in. Put the truffle balls back in the freezer until they have set (4 hours or so). Keep them in the freezer until ready to enjoy.
What kind of gifts do you like to give?