This week is chocolate week for me. Part of that is… well, if you’re a girl, you know. Part of it is that it’s almost Easter. Back in February with Valentine’s Day coming up at the time, my mind had been on chocolate. (As it is now with Easter coming up.) And then this OhSheGlows recipe came to my inbox I was very intrigued. Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles – YUM!
(OhSheGlows is a great website run by a Tonrontonian named Angela Liddon who is a vegan baker/cook. She has a really inspiring story and some super tasty recipes. The cupcakes that I made back in November are from her site and every recipe I have tried from her is brilliant.)
I’ve brought these into work a few times and they are a hit. On the other hand, when Sean first tried these, he was on the fence. (I was shocked.) So I popped them back in the freezer for another hour and then he tried again. Reviews were a million times better but he, like me agreed that there needed to be more salt – I had only put in about a 1/4 tsp and it definitely needed more. Next time round, I used a 1/2 tsp and that extra salt made a huge difference. It was a perfect savoury/sweet mix.
DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY WALNUT TRUFFLES (Adapted from Angela at Oh She Glows.)
Yield: 23-24 truffles
- 1 cup walnut halves, finely chopped and toasted
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- 2 tbsp agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener – I used honey)
- 1.5 cups of your favourite dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk (use the cream from the top of the can – makes a huge difference)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt, to taste
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 12 drops red food colouring
Preheat the oven to 325F and toast the chopped walnuts for 12 minutes. Set aside.
Store in an air-tight container in the freezer or fridge (they will become very soft at room temperature). They should keep for a couple weeks in the freezer in an air-tight container.