Indulging in desserts can be challenging when you are following a raw vegan diet, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m here to introduce you to my favorite treat that is not only healthy but also delicious – Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle.
This recipe is inspired by one of the most popular vegan snacks- homemade Larabars. If you’re a fan of chocolate truffles and lemon zest, then this recipe that is a copycat of Lara Bar’s lemon bar bites will become your latest obsession.
The combination of sweet and tangy flavors of nutty chocolate and lemon zest in this truffle will satisfy your sweet cravings without harming your health. The best part? It only requires six simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Are you ready to learn how to make these mouthwatering truffles? Keep following along for the step-by-step instructions, substitution options, tips for perfect results, and more!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a raw vegan snack that is easy to make and satisfies your craving for chocolate? Look no further than this delicious raw vegan lemon-nut chocolate truffle, which is also a copycat Larabar variation recipe.
What’s not to love about a chocolate truffle that is not only rich and indulgent, but also raw vegan and gluten-free? This treat is perfect for anyone who wants a healthier option while still satisfying their sweet tooth.
Our recipe includes natural ingredients like medjool dates, nuts, cocoa powder, and lemon zest that are all blended together to make mouth-watering truffles. These ingredients provide natural sweetness and creaminess without all the added sugars or artificial flavors.
One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can use other types of nuts and fruits, and even mix in other flavors like mint chocolate or vanilla extract to make it your own. The possibilities are endless!
Plus, with only 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and a pinch of sea salt, these truffles are rich in chocolate flavor without being too overpowering. They’re perfect for on-the-go snacks, mid-day pick-me-ups or dessert.
This recipe will win over anyone who loves indulgent treats but wants to avoid unhealthy ingredients. So why not try making your own homemade Larabars with this nutty and lemony DIY recipe? Trust us, you won’t regret it!
Here is a complete list of ingredients you will need to make these Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffles:
- 1 cup of raw nuts (such as almonds, cashews, or walnuts), chopped
- 1 cup of dried Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
These simple ingredients are all you need to create this delicious and nutritious treat. They are all plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and are used extensively in homemade Larabars and other raw vegan snacks.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to prepare these deliciously decadent raw vegan lemon-nut chocolate truffles. This recipe is very easy to make and requires no baking. Here are the simple steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Prep The Dates
Take a cup of pitted Medjool dates and pulse them in your food processor until they form a ball-like shape. Make sure there are no large chunks of dates left.
Step 2: Add The Rest Of The Ingredients
To the pitted dates in the food processor, add 1/3 cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, and pistachios), 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp lemon zest, 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a pinch of sea salt.
Step 3: Pulse And Scrape
Pulse the mixture until it forms into a crumbly dough-like consistency. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula occasionally to ensure even blending.
Step 4: Roll Into Balls
Take small amounts of the dough (about a tablespoon) and roll them into small balls between your palms.
Step 5: Coat With Chocolate
In a double boiler, melt vegan chocolate chips until smooth. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate mixture and place them on a parchment paper-lined tray or plate.
Step 6: Chill
Chill your lemon-nut chocolate truffles for about an hour, or until firm. Once chilled, they are ready to be served!
With these easy-to-follow steps, you can now make your own raw vegan lemon-nut chocolate truffles that taste exactly like copycat Larabars! This recipe is perfect for those who want to indulge in a rich and delicious treat but still stick to their plant-based diet.
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking to mix up the flavors or ingredients in this Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle recipe? Let me help you get creative with some possible substitutions and variations.
First off, if you’re not into the lemon flavor, you can easily substitute it with other citrus fruits like oranges or limes. You can also switch up the nuts, using almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts instead of cashews. If you’re allergic to nuts, try using seeds like sunflower or pumpkin seeds in place of the nuts.
For those who prefer a mint chocolate twist, adding a teaspoon of peppermint extract might be just what you need. Another fun variation is to create cookie dough truffles by omitting the lemon zest and adding mini chocolate chips to the mixture.
If you’re looking for some extra nutrition in your truffles, consider adding a tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseeds. These nutrient-dense superfoods will give your truffles a boost of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
For those following a gluten-free diet, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats and double-check that any additional ingredients, such as cocoa powder or vanilla extract, are also gluten-free.
Don’t forget to experiment with different toppings too! Try rolling your truffles in shredded coconut, chopped nuts or cocoa powder for an extra burst of flavor and texture.
Remember, this recipe is very adaptable to personal taste preferences and dietary restrictions. So let your creativity run wild and enjoy testing out different variations until you find the perfect combination for your taste buds!
Serving and Pairing
This Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle recipe can be served as a delicious and healthy snack any time of day. The bite-sized truffles offer a satisfying combination of sweet and nutty flavors that are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth, while also providing some plant-based nutrition.
These truffles pair well with a variety of beverages, including coffee, tea, almond milk, or even a glass of red wine. The lemon flavor of the truffle pairs especially well with hot tea, making it the perfect treat to enjoy with your morning brew.
For an extra special treat, try serving these truffles alongside fresh fruit, such as strawberries or raspberries. The tartness of the fruit complements the sweetness of the truffle and provides a refreshing contrast to the rich chocolate flavor.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even experiment with pairing these truffles with other flavors. For example, try pairing them with coconut whipped cream or a dollop of cashew cream for added richness and creaminess.
No matter how you choose to serve them, these Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffles are sure to satisfy your cravings for something sweet while also nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about these Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffles is that they can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later enjoyment. To make them ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions and let the truffles chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until they are firm enough to handle.
When it comes to storing them, you have a few options. If you want to keep them fresh in the refrigerator, place the truffles in an airtight container or zip-top bag and store them for up to one week. For a longer storage period, you can freeze the truffles for up to six months. Just make sure to label and date your container or bag.
When reheating or thawing frozen truffles, you can either let them come to room temperature naturally or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. Be careful not to overheat them, as this can cause the chocolate coating to melt and become messy.
These Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffles make great on-the-go snacks or party treats. Make a large batch ahead of time and store them in your fridge or freezer so that you always have some healthy, delicious snacks on hand whenever you need them!
Tips for Perfect Results
To ensure perfect results, there are a few tips that can help you prepare the Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle. Keep these essential points in mind and get ready to create a delightful treat that will impress even non-vegan foodies.
First, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. As this recipe is raw vegan, it relies heavily on the natural taste of the nuts, cocoa powder, lemon, and dates. Therefore, using fresh ingredients makes a huge difference in the final taste of your truffles.
Secondly, follow the recipe accurately. This copycat Larabar variation recipe calls for specific quantities of each ingredient for a reason. If you change anything about its measurements or leave out some ingredients, the balance could be off, and your truffles may not come out as expected.
Another tip that will help you have perfect results is to test different combinations of nuts. In case you don’t have the suggested ingredients, such as cashews or almonds, substitute with pecans or hazelnuts instead. Experimenting with different nut blends can create unique varieties of Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle that reflect your personal taste.
It’s also crucial to soak the nuts before grinding, as this will make them less hard and easier to blend with other ingredients. Soak them overnight for best results.
When shaping the truffles, consider using gloves or coating your hands in cocoa powder to prevent them from sticking together while forming small balls or squares. Once prepared, let them chill for at least an hour before coating with extra cocoa powder and lemon zest.
Lastly, storing them correctly is essential for preserving their freshness and texture for longer. Keep them refrigerated or frozen if not serving immediately. When reheating frozen truffles in room temperature water, refrigerate immediately after reheating to prevent moisture from compromising their texture when thawed again.
By following these simple tips, you’ll surely master this delicious Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle recipe and unleash your culinary creativity with various substitutions and variations along the way.
If you’re looking for the perfect sweet snack that’s healthy and satisfying, this raw vegan lemon-nut chocolate truffle is the answer. With its rich chocolate flavor and refreshing hint of lemon, you won’t be able to resist just one bite. Plus, it’s so easy to make with only a few ingredients — most of which are probably already in your pantry.
Not only is this recipe delicious and plant-based, but it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free. It’s a guilt-free indulgence that won’t disrupt your health goals. And because it’s raw, you’ll be able to preserve the nutrients of the ingredients.
By making homemade larabars, you’re choosing to make a conscious decision towards healthy snacking. So why settle for store-bought snacks when you can whip up these delectable treats right at home?
In conclusion, this raw vegan lemon-nut chocolate truffle recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves chocolate and wants to treat their body well. Don’t hesitate to give it a try and experience true bliss with every perfect bite.
Raw Vegan Lemon-Nut Chocolate Truffle (Copycat Larabar Variation Recipe
- 1 cup dried dates
- 3 cups nuts (Of Your Choice)
- 1 lemon (Zest and Juice)
- 4 tablespoons of organic raw cocoa powder
- Chop or grind the nuts (I used a mixture of Walnut, Almond, Cashew, Hazelnut, and Pistachio) either by hand, in a food processor, or in a coffee grinder, depending on the coarseness you prefer. The finer you chop the nuts, the firmer the mixture will stay together.
- Chop the dates.
- Make zests and juice out of the lemon.
- Combine the chopped nuts, chopped dates, lemon zest and lemon juice either by hand, or in the food processor.
- Scoop the mixture base on the size of truffles you want to make, make them into little balls, and roll them in the raw cocoa power, set aside.
- The oil of the nuts will seep through the powder, and if you'd like, you can roll them in the raw cocoa powder again.
- Set aside, it is pretty much ready to eat immediately. I prefer to store them in room temperature. It seems to allow the oil of the nuts and the cocoa powder to incorporate better as they sit.
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