Vegan licorice truffles

I have never thought I can be interested in making vegan treats. I usually bake ‘normal’ cakes and do not care about using only plant based ingredients. But since I have two books from Virpi Mikkonen I started to try some vegan recipes. And I can say these healthy sweets are really tasty. Maybe I will not become declared vegan, not today at least, but I find these truffles truly delicious and I enjoy them very much. Oh, and remember, licorice is sweet, not spicy.

 

about 25 pieces

 

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  •  5 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 4 dried figs, stemmed
  • 2 prunes, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon licorice powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon dark agave syrup
  • pinch of salt

 Chocolate icing:

  • ½ cup raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 teaspoon coco nut oil
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) honey
  • pinch of salt

 Top decorating:

  • licorice powder
  • black sesame seeds

 

 

Grind almonds in a food procesor to fine crumble. Cut figs and prunes to small parts using kitchen scissors. Add to the almonds. Add all remaining ingredients and process to a smooth dough. You can add more of licorice or sweetener if you like. Form small balls of the dough. Place in a freezer for few minutes to set.

Make the chocolate icing: melt cocoa nibs with coconut oil to a liquid. Add sweetener and salt.

Remove balls from the freezer and using toothpick dip each in chocolate icing. Sprinkle with licorice powder or sesame seeds. Place again in the freezer for 15 minutes until icing is set. Keep in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

The recipe comes from 'It's a pleasure' book, a little modified by me.

Category: Desserts/icecream.

Tags: almonds, chocolate, cocoa, coconut, dates, glutenfree.

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