What better gift to give than the gift of chocolate, right? These dark chocolate peppermint truffles are sure to leave a smile on any chocoholic’s face. Especially when they find out you made these just for them.
These truffles are simple to make and they are naturally both gluten-free and vegan. Additionally, they are low in sugar and very simple to make. A few ingredients, a few minutes at the stove and that’s about it. You can even play around with the recipe and leave out the peppermint and roll them into other goodies, like chopped nuts, coconut, melted chocolate or chocolate bits, etc. Make this recipe your own and customize it for whomever will be receiving it.
[print_this]Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles – Gluten-Free + Vegan
makes about 24+ truffles (depending on their size)
- 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (the canned kind)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 10 ounces high quality vegan dark chocolate (70% cocoa) – chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- dash of sea salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
In a double boiler, heat coconut oil and coconut milk over a low/medium heat, whisking until just melted and well incorporated. Add the chocolate, stirring continuously, not allowing it to heat too quickly. Just as soon as it is melted, remove from the heat and stir very well to make sure it is all well incorporated. Add in the vanilla and peppermint extracts and salt.
Pour into a 8″ baking dish or a pie pan and refrigerate until the mixture is mostly set , but still pliable. Using a 1″ melon baller or a tablespoon, scoop out the chocolate and roll into balls using your hands, set them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Once all have been rolled, place the sheet into the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes, up to overnight.
Place the cocoa power onto a small plate and roll the balls in the cocoa powder to coat, you can also put the cocoa powder in your hands and roll them around that way. Store the finished truffles in the refrigerator.
These truffles will keep up to two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature for about 15 minutes, just before serving.
This recipe was originally shared on Free People blog BLDG 25
I looked at the recipe on Free People…these look way simpler to make than I expected! I may have to try these out (maybe as a contribution to Christmas dinner later this month). I don’t have a double boiler but I’m pretty sure there’s a way to get around that problem.
No worries on the double boiler, you can place a glass bowl over a pot with a small amount of water and make your own double boiler or I have made it this way before – melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave in small increments of just 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each. It won’t take long to melt at all (just be careful not to overdo it), meanwhile heat the coconut milk and oil in a small pan on the stove top until barely simmering and well incorporated, then pour this over the melted chocolate and mix well to combine. Then continue on. It works quite well this way, too! Hope you enjoy if you make these. Thanks for stopping by.
I knew there was a solution. Thanks for saving me the time of looking it up myself…haha! That’s not difficult at all. 🙂
I never thought of using coconut milk, as I’ve always used soy creamer in my truffles. Will have to try them with coconut milk 🙂 Is the flavor strong?
I couldn’t detect any coconut flavor myself, but I would bet part of that is because of the mint flavor being stronger than it.
Wow, you outdid yourself with this one! It’s amazing… wow. I love making homemade chocolates but haven’t done any of that this year. Love the little to you, from me label, so cute!
Gosh, thanks so much Leanne, what a HUGE compliment coming from you. Made my whole day. I wish we didn’t have so much going on this year, I desperately want to make little treat boxes full of different goodies, to ship to my friends and family that are out of town.
Looks delicious!! Gotta share it to my page and make them this week!! Thanks!! 😉
I am definitely going to make these, they look incredible and I love how simple they are. Thanks so much for sharing.