Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Recipe by food writer Abbey
The holiday season is one of gift-giving and sharing joy with neighbors and loved ones. My favorite way to get in the spirit is making homemade treats for friends and family. These vegan chocolate peppermint truffles are a simple and beautiful dessert that everyone loves. Not only do they contain clean ingredients, but they are a delicious and festive sweet that tastes like an indulgent treat.

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
Prep time: 25 minutes
Set time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12-14 truffle balls
1 cup dates, pitted
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the chocolate shell:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 cup white chocolate candy melts
crushed peppermint candies
1. In a food processor, blend together the dates and coconut oil until well-combined. Add in peanut butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Blend until it forms together into a thick paste.
2. Roll the paste into 1″ inch balls. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Set aside.
3. Melt the remaining chocolate chips and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl. Heat in microwave on medium power for 30 seconds. Stir, then melt for another 30 seconds. Remove and stir until it forms into a smooth liquid. Stir in peppermint extract. Place each ball in the chocolate and cover entirely. Use a fork to lift out the ball, allowing the chocolate to drip off the bottom. Place on cookie sheet and chill truffle balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, allowing the chocolate to set.
4. Heat white chocolate in a piping bag in microwave. Set on medium power and heat for 30 seconds. Mix together, and heat for an additional 30 seconds, as needed, until melted. (Be sure not to overheat white chocolate, or it will harden.) Fit the piping bag with a #2 tip, and pipe on stripes. Top with crushed peppermint candies. Serve immediately and enjoy!



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