The idea of making processed raw food is intriguing to say the least. So when I came across this recipe from Amy Lyons for vegan chilli chocolate truffles I had to see what it was all about!
Turns out that this recipe is extremely easy for newbies (both to the kitchen and veganism). It basically boils down to this:
1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Roll your balls up nicely and then freeze your balls.
3. Coat your balls in chocolate.
4. Eat your balls.
Simple. The only problem I could think of was that there might not be enough room in the freezer, which is quickly solvable. Just eat enough of the existing food to make room!
The main reason why I wanted to make this recipe was because the balls have a chocolate coating. In my head, this meant the balls would retain their spherical shape rather than getting easily squashed. The recipe calls for dark chocolate of course, being vegan and all. Personally I much prefer dark chocolate to milk and white anyway, as it doesn’t leave a gross lingering sugary taste.
The recipe calls for almond butter, but if you have peanut butter lying around then you can use that instead. That’s what I did! Throughout the entire construction though I worried that it might taste overwhelmingly like salty peanut butter. Just imagine scooping up some pure peanut butter and shoving it in your mouth, have fun trying to get all that sticky stuff down your throat! Fortunately the plentiful amount of cocoa powder really balanced it out. Even Marina (who generally hates all things peanut-wise) really enjoyed my balls. The salt, maple syrup, and chocolate blend really helps make it work, plus it’s one of the few recipes where I haven’t had to cut down the amount of sugar involved. The chilli is subtle too, and definitely not overwhelming for those of you who avoid spicy things.
Was this an enjoyable experience with an enjoyable outcome? Definitely! It was certainly worth the small effort required to make and it’s one of the most delicious vegan sweet treats we’ve ever had. More shall be made this weekend!