Now that I have your attention, I have to start off by apologizing. I’ve been very bad and it’s been many moons since I last posted. That is mainly because of some exciting updates that have happened in the past year.
- I got engaged! Woooh! If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know, this is a full time job.
- I quit my job! Hooray~ no more boring day job!
- I went back to school full time! I am now a full fledged student at Bastyr University, working on my degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science.
The reality is, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have the freedom to quit my day job, and pursue my dream to move into a world of eventual self employment and helping others through nutrition and movement plans to be healthier, happier individuals.
Even the healthiest person likes to indulge from time to time and I don’t know about you but cookie dough is just about my favorite thing in the world. I’m not even really a big cookie fan, most of the time I just make cookies to eat the dough and give away the cookies. So vegan cookie dough is the best case scenario because it’s completely safe to eat raw and why not just cut out the baked cookie in this equation and skip to what I really like eating. I mean, just look at this gorgeous cookie dough, don’t you just want to dive in?
I’m a few weeks behind on a Valentine’s Day post, but I made these beauties a few weeks ago when I felt like treating myself to something special. Valentine’s day does not have to just be about romantic love, love for your friends, pets, family members and most importantly, yourself should also be recognized on this special day (not to mention every other day).
These cookie dough truffles were just the thing to hit the spot this year when I wanted something delicious, easy and somewhat indulgent while still containing healthier ingredients. I used vegan butter and organic coconut sugar and non-dairy chocolate chips so they are also cruelty free – winning! The coconut sugar really lends a more deep caramel flavor to these that make them stand out so I recommend not subbing the sugar.
I hope the next time you feel like you want to take a little extra effort show yourself a bit of self love, you’ll consider these lovely bites, not just on Valentine’s Day but any day.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles (vegan)
Easy to make truffles for yourself, your special someone, or any party to impress your friends. These truffles look super fancy, taste incredible and are completely vegan!
Servings : 20 Time : 1 hour
1 stick vegan butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup organic coconut sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used rice)
½ cup mini chocolate chips (non dairy)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 package dark chocolate chips (non dairy)
Red and white sprinkles
- Cream together sugar and vegan butter until fully combined and no lumps remain.
- Add vanilla, salt and non dairy milk and stir to combine.
3. Gradually add flour until completely mixed in.
4. Stir in mini chocolate chips (I used about a 1/2 cup but more is always ok in my book)
5. Using a spoon, create rounded spoonfuls and place onto baking sheet. Put into fridge for 30-45 minutes to firm up.
About 5 minute before your truffles are completely chilled, combine your dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.
Heat on high in increments of 30 seconds, stirring frequently to get a smooth, completely melted shiny mixture.
Throw those chilled cookie dough balls in to their delicious chocolate bath and roll them around and make sure they are completely coated. Set them back in their pan and let dry for a few seconds before topping off with some sprinkles of your choosing. I did red and white for valentine’s day but these would be great for any occasion with no sprinkles or any color.
*One note on the sprinkles, you want to wait a few seconds so they don’t get completely absorbed into the chocolate but not too long or they won’t stick. If you see the chocolate getting hard, you’ve waited too long.
Once they are all coated in chocolate and sprinkles, stick them back in the fridge for a few minutes so the chocolate can firm up. When they’re ready, take these little balls of heaven out and enjoy! You will want to store these in the fridge but they can be left out for a while if you are taking them to a party or serving them to guests. But if you’re like me, and you save them all for yourself, that won’t be necessary 🙂
Hope you guys enjoy these as much as I did and thanks so much for sticking with me through my very long hiatus. I promise to be more diligent and bring you lots of inspiring yummy posts in the future!