Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles (V, GF, DF): an easy, 5 ingredient recipe for decadent peanut butter truffles dipped in chocolate. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free.
There’s just something about this season that puts an extra pep in my step. It could be the fact that I’m gonna spend some actual quality time with my family soon. Or, that everyone seems more giving, more open, more… prone to bouts of laughter and cheer. Or, the fact that everywhere you look, buildings, toys, food, people, pets and more are wrapped up like the perfect present.
And who doesn’t want that? ???? ????
Of course, it could also totally be the fact that the holidays are the perfect excuse to treat ourselves—both with sweets and a little bit of fun, wherever we may find it. A few weeks back, Erik and I actually treated ourselves to half a day off. On a Monday. Yep, a MONDAY. You’d think this was completely against all Monday laws or something…
And if you’ve been around here, patiently reading my babble, you know that we’ve been burning the midnight/morning/afternoon/are-there-any-other-timeslots-I’m-missing oil since… well, who can even remember? We both tend to be a bit hard on ourselves and are always, unfortunately, looking for new ways to please people (so not cool, I know). But that one Monday… well, that one glorious Monday, we called the day off. Nice and early.
See what the holiday does to us? 🙂 Does it do the same for you? Do you feel more than an inkling to clock out early, maybe have an extra scoop of nice cream, or perhaps treat yourself to those Hamilton tickets you’ve been eyeing for ages? Or maybe you just let yourself stay in bed that extra cozy 10 minutes? Those last 10 minutes are truly the best.
Maybe you’ll take an entire day off to make gingerbread houses, or cookie houses, as my super sweet bestie Natalie calls them… 😉 Side note, you’ve totally got to see the epic history of all her gingerbread houses through the ages. It’s amazing, inspiring, and totally treat-yourself-inducing. 🙂
Whatever it is you do, I hope you do it. Often and with merriment. I mean, what other time of the year can we use merriment as an excuse anyway?
Anywho, while I was in the midst of making the final photoshoot-ready batch of these Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles, I got to thinking about all the fond memories I have of Christmas time. Side note, how awesome/unusual is it that Christmastime is actually one word? Because that’s how BOSS the holidays are, folks.
Eh… there I go, veering slightly off track again. Um, as I was saying (see what an extra 10 minutes in bed gets you??? Vacation Mind), I was making these gluten free vegan chocolate peanut butter truffles and it got me thinking about the wonderful times I’ve had with my family. Okay, I’ve got to warn you, or rather, my sisters that this is gonna get embarrassing. So, obviously, I’m gonna need to put my phone on silent for the next two days… It’s best to ignore these type of things. Ahem.
A few years back, when we were even less mature than we are today (if you can imagine), we’d have an annual Christmas Day tradition: after opening presents and cleaning up the sea of gift wrap, candy and All the Christmas Novelty Socks in All The Land, we’d get super cozy. Newly gifted pajamas and previously aforementioned Christmas novelty socks on, contacts off and glasses on for maximum relaxation, I would bring out a one pound box of truffles.
Jenny would bring out the latest season of 24 on boxed set. Monica would warm up our old, belovedly boxy TV. Penny would grab the salty treats. And we would proceed to watch all of 24. Yes, all 24 episodes, with that entire box of truffles and plenty of salty snacks for balance, of course, and finish it all off in 2 days. Or some amount of days. It was all a salty/sweet, cozy blur, tbh.
I mean really, who can remember when they’re marathon-watching 24 whole episodes of a series? And yeah, I guess people aren’t too shocked by this nowadays, but this was back in the day when there was no Netflix (okay, there was Netflix, but only seriously dodgy titles available), no streaming, none of that.
We’d literally be unwrapping the actual box set of whatever season we were on, and insert a DVD. Oh, the effort of unclicking that DVD and not accidentally snapping the holder… What can I say, we were dedicated. And very strong, apparently.
I remember nodding off for so many hours and feeling like I was Jack Bauer. Saving the world, one truffle at a time. One excruciatingly thrilling episode at a time. We’d watch well into the night, and one or three of us would throw in the towel and go to bed… but one of my sisters (I’ll let you guess who) would carry the team through the night. She was our very own Jack Bauer. At 6 in the morning, we’d started trickling back downstairs to the TV, and there she’d be, still watching. Dedicated as ever to her mission.
She’d recap us all on what happened during the 4-6 episodes in which we were so lamely sleeping, and offer us the last few truffles, with a crazy look in her eye. By the end of those two-ish days, the truffles were all gone, Jack and my sis finally saved the world, and we all looked like we’d been through finals. Hair all mussed up, new pajamas and cozy socks looking like they were decade-old favorites, and Christmas a thing of the past, with New Year’s Day right around the corner.
We’d all go freshen up, eat a few veggies to offset the truffles, get some coffee brewing and make grand plans to head to the mall for some much-needed fresh air/real world activities. Without Jack. 😉
Now that we’re all older, we don’t do that anymore (much to You Know Who’s dismay)… but we’re creating new traditions every year. This year will be our first year not all getting together as a family. I’m probably feeling a bit too nostalgic for those days, but I’m also so happy that my sisters have created their own families, with so many new and wonderfully embarrassing memories to come. ???? ????
This year, we’re definitely gonna facetime and I’m definitely gonna be sending these gluten free vegan chocolate peanut butter truffles to my family. I’m really looking forward to making these with my three-year-old nephew. Most especially because his nickname is PB. I mean, it’s his birthright to make these, don’t you think? I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be seriously awesome at drizzling these truffles. Or drizzling the floor. The jury’s still out on that one…
How about you? Are you planning on any fun kitchen activities with the fam?
While I eagerly await your response, allow me to tell you all about these Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles. They’re:
- so easy to make
- deliciously soft and thick, like PB should be
- vegan, gluten free and dairy-free
- made with just 5 ingredients
- lightly sweet, perfectly peanut butter-y
- deliciously balanced with a rich chocolate coating
- plant-based and allergy-friendly
- made with feel-good ingredients
- ready to be a part of your holiday memories, for many years to come
- perfect for gift-giving, holiday platters and dessert
I hope you just love this recipe. So far, my family has already put in refill requests for these, like I’m a subscription plan! Oh, them! 😉 Thank you so much for coming over and spending some time with me here at the blog during this fantastic season. I can’t wait to hear all about the new memories you make this year.
In the meantime, tell me, what do you get to reminiscing about this time of year?
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
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- ¾ cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips
- ⅛ teaspoon coconut oil
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Set aside. Clear some space out in the freezer for this pan—you will need it later.
- Make the peanut butter balls: In a medium bowl, add peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. Whisk until thickened and difficult to stir. Switch to folding with a rubber spatula until well-incorporated. Cover and freeze for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from freezer. Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop and drop peanut butter balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart. Transfer back to the freezer to chill for 20-30 minutes, until hardened. About 5 minutes before the balls are done freezing, it’s time to make the chocolate dip.
- Make the chocolate dip: Use the double boiler method or the following. Add Chocolate Dip ingredients to a medium, microwave-safe bowl: ½ cup chocolate chips and ¼ teaspoon coconut oil. Heat in 20-second increments until chocolate is softened and melted. Stir in between heating, until smooth.
- Remove peanut butter balls from freezer. Dip the bottom of one ball into the bowl of melted chocolate, scraping off excess. Place back onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all balls are dipped. There should be leftover melted chocolate.
- Make the drizzle: Add Chocolate Drizzle ingredients to your bowl of leftover melted chocolate: 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and ⅛ teaspoon melted coconut oil. Heat in 20-second increments until softened and melted. Stir until smooth. Spoon melted chocolate into a small zip bag and trim a tiny corner off. Pipe chocolate in a zigzag pattern across the top of each truffle.
- Freeze for 10-20 minutes. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
- Freezing instructions: store in an airtight container in the freezer for 1-2 months. Firm, but soft enough to eat straight out of the freezer.
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