Made with date caramel, cocoa powder, and almonds. The easiest and healthiest way to make a decadent chocolate treat.
Happy ♥ day is six days away. If you’re like me, you have nothing planned. Yet.
If you’re a planner, your Valentine's Day is ready and set to go. However, may I suggest a slight deviation in plans? Instead of buying an expensive box of truffles that most likely contain preservatives and milk products, make your own 5 Ingredient Vegan Turtle Truffles (Raw & Gluten-Free).
Why make instead of buy? Because:
- Making homemade truffles is fun.
- They’re easy to make.
- They taste amazing.
- They’re so much healthier than anything you can buy because you control the ingredients.
- It shows that special someone that you care so much about him or her, because you took the time out of your busy day to make a decadent treat that’s as delicious as it is healthy.
- They go great with coffee or champagne so you can eat them for breakfast and as a dessert at night.
- They’re a great source of energy, you could even eat a few before working out.
Okay, I know that these don’t look like the traditional turtle candy that you’re used to seeing. That’s fine, because these are truffles. And truffles are little balls of flavor that are more refined than the big blob of chocolate covered caramel and nuts that make up the turtle.
However, the taste is very much like a turtle. It’s made with the outrageously good date caramel that I told you about on Friday. Click here to check it out. And of course, they have a lot of chocolate and almonds to give them a nutty and crunchy texture. Everything that a turtle has in a delicate little ball of yum.
My 5 ingredient vegan turtle truffles are neighbor and husband tested and approved. Like everything I share on this blog, it has to get two thumbs up from my husband and friends. I took a box of them over to my neighbor’s house and asked her and her daughter to try them. They LOVED them. They couldn’t stop raving about them and gave them an A+.
And, as advertised, there are only five ingredients in this simple and easy to make recipe. Date caramel, cocoa powder, almonds (you can use any nut you like), vegan chocolate chips, and sea salt. If you don’t want to cover the truffles with melted chocolate chips you don’t have to, they’re fantastic on their own. The melted chocolate and sprinkle of sea salt is the icing on the cake, so you can make these your own and leave the topping off if you want. Or do what I do, cover half of the batch in chocolate and leave half naked.
To make your Valentine ’s Day even sweeter, check out our vegan chocolate mousse recipe that was featured in my friend Ricki’s wonderful roundup, 50+ Sugar-Free Chocolate Treats (+ A Few Carob!) for Your Sweetie.
If you’re looking for a great muffin recipe for Valentine’s Day, or any day, take a look at my friend Sina’s muffin roundup, 25 Incredibly Delicious Vegan Muffins. She was kind enough to include my blueberry corn muffins. If you haven’t tried those you must, they’re soooo good!
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5 Ingredient Vegan Turtle Truffles (Raw & Gluten-Free)
- 1 cup of unsalted almonds you can use pecans, walnuts, peanuts, or any nut you like – chopped in a food processor
- ½ cup of date caramel see ingredients and recipe below
- ⅓ cup of cocoa powder
- 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips – melted
- Sea salt
- For the date caramel:
- 1 pound of medjool dates approximately 20 dates – remove pits and stems
- 8 tablespoons* of non-dairy milk or water
- ¼ teaspoon of ground sea salt
- Make the date caramel:
- In a food processor or a high powered blender process the dates, milk or water, and sea salt until the dates are smooth and creamy.
- You can use water in place of a non-dairy milk but it won’t be quiet as creamy and it won’t taste exactly the same as date caramel made with milk.
- If your dates aren’t fresh (plump and squishy), soak them in warm water for an hour or two. When they feel soft and look hydrated drain and rinse them.
- This recipe makes about on full cup of date caramel. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it will keep for a week. Drizzle it over ice cream, put it in your morning smoothie, add it to your oatmeal, or spread it on toast. Let your imagination soar.
- For the Turtle Truffles:
- Line a cookie sheet or plate (that will fit in your freezer) with parchment paper.
- Coarsely chop the nuts in a food processor. Add the date caramel and the cocoa to the nuts and process until the mixture forms a ball. Carefully remove the blade from the bowl. Spoon out the mixture by the tablespoon and form into balls. Set them on the parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate chips until the chocolate is thin enough to pour over the truffles. Spoon the melted chocolate over the truffles. Sprinkle with a pinch of course sea salt and place the tray in the freezer to set. You can also place them in the refrigerator if you’re not planning on eating them right away.