Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles

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Usually I incorporate tofu into savory, dinner entrée type meals like stir fries or my latest tofu ricotta pizza. But tofu is so adaptable, it works great in desserts too, especially silken tofu. Silken tofu has a high water content, making the consistency much like Greek yogurt. The light texture makes it easy to blend into batters, smoothies, and in this case, dark chocolate truffles.

Ingredients:

1 package of drained silken tofu (you will only use ¾ of the package)

10oz dark chocolate chips

3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ – 1c shredded unsweetened coconut for rolling. You could also use cocoa powder or a cinnamon sugar blend to coat your truffles if coconut isn’t your thing.

Instructions:

Place tofu, chocolate chips, maple syrup and vanilla in a high speed blender and blend on high until the chocolate is no longer gritty and the mixture is smooth. My Vitamix does a stellar job with this, but if you don’t have a blender that gets the job done, you can always melt the chocolate in a double broiler or in the microwave, and then incorporate it into the tofu in the blender to ensure it’s smooth.

Refrigerate the chocolate tofu mixture for 4 hours or overnight (especially if you used hot, melted chocolate). This will solidify the mixture, making it an ideal texture to roll into truffles.

Spread coconut onto a plate or shallow bowl. Make sure your hands are clean and cool (warm hands = melting chocolate!). Scoop out tablespoon-sized scoops of the chocolate mixture and using your hands, roll into truffle balls. Drop the truffle into the coconut and gently roll to coat the outside. Set aside and repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.

These truffles are so decadent and rich, you can’t even detect any tofu flavor. And the tofu actually adds a nice bit of protein to this otherwise high fat dessert – most truffles are made using heavy cream and butter. These would make the perfect bite-sized party dessert, and with the holidays coming up (YIKES!) they actually look like little festive snowballs. Not that I want to see anything that resembles snow.

Disclaimer: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Soyfoods Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 


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14 Comments

  1. Posted October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    what a great idea to incorporate tofu into the dessert! I love tofu and my boyfriend is so finicky, I am going to have to surprise him soon. I cant wait

  2. Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    this is beyond brilliant. seriously… what a great idea :)

  3. Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    yum!!

  4. Janel
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    You can’t taste tofu at all! Hope you both enjoy these.

  5. Posted October 18, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I’m making these for the holidays because I have vegan family members. Thanks Janel!

  6. Jessica
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    i made these tonight! I used Equal Exchange panama chocolate bar which has 80% cacao and 12.5 g fiber per bar. Seriously an amazing dessert. toasted coconut is yummy as well!

  7. Janel
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you have a new recipe to try! Let me know how they turn out!

  8. Janel
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    YUM. Love that EE chocolate!

  9. Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    You make truffles look so easy to make! Love this recipe. Will have to try it!

  10. Janel
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    They were easy to make! I don’t do complicated ;)

  11. Posted November 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    There’s nothing better than chocolates in providing smile to kids’ faces! Will definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  12. Sofi
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I hv been looking for a guilt free truffle recipe..
    Thank you!

  13. K
    Posted April 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Could you use cacao paste (raw chocolate) as a substitute for the choc chips?

  14. ewjanel
    Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never tried – I’m not sure!

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