Despite popular belief, vegans love Valentine’s Day chocolates just as much as the next person. However, it can be a little difficult to find the dairy-free alternative in most stores. This year, instead of heading out on a search to spend an arm and a leg, I made sweets for my sweet and they came out so delicious that I had to share them!
My husband John is a HUGE fan of animal crackers, so these Animal Cracker Truffles were the perfect little Valentine’s Day dessert surprise!
Here’s What You Need:
• 4 cups of smashed Vegan Animal Crackers (most of them are vegan by accident, but I prefer Whole Foods’ brand in the vanilla flavor because they aren’t made with high fructose corn syrup)
• 1/2 of a container of vegan cream cheese (Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese is my go-to)
• 1 cup of dark chocolate chips (Ghiradelli’s are vegan)
• 1 Tbs coconut oil
• 1/2 tsp almond extract
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 5-10 drops of liquid vanilla stevia (NOT the powder)
• A dash or two of cinnamon
• Optional: Toppings for rolling (coconut flakes, crumbled nuts, cinnamon, cocoa flax seeds, etc.)
Here’s What You Do:
• In a food processor (or really bad-a blender), grind your cookies into a powder.
• Add the cream cheese, stevia, cinnamon and extracts to the powdered cookies and continue to process until it is well mixed and comes together into a giant ball of dough.
• Place the dough in a plastic container and pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so.
• While the dough is hardening, put your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a pot on the stove on low heat, stirring regularly until fully melted.
• Turn off the stove, remove the dough from the freezer and place a sheet of wax paper over a baking pan.
• Roll the dough into balls and drop each one into the chocolate one at a time, using a spoon to roll them around and completely cover them.
• Use the spoon to scoop them out onto the wax paper. (be sure none of the truffles are touching)
• Place the balls in the freezer to harden up a bit then roll them around in toppings if you choose!
You can serve them on a plate or place them in mason jars to give away to friends, but be sure to keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them as they have the potential to be messy!
What are some of your favorite sweet treats to make? I’d love some new ideas if you’d like to share them in the comments below!
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