Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and there are usually two types of feelings about the holiday. Those that absolutely hate it and others that LOVE it. Even when I was single, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. It’s not only a day to indulge in some treats but it’s to show the love to those around you. It doesn’t have to be a significant other but family members. I always remember my mom and dad making us feel loved. We would get a card, flowers, treats or something special that really made the holiday nice.
Since being together with my husband for over 7 years now (wow, I just did the calculation!) we always have a nice night together whether it’s at an amazing restaurant or a low key dinner with wine at home. While I do love to treat ourselves with a box of Godiva chocolates for Valentine’s Day, they can be expensive and honestly truffles are super easy to make. With only a few ingredients and some imagination, you’ll have a homemade treat made with lots of love to share with those around you. You could even whip these up and participate in Heidi’s suggestion from yesterday to do a random act of kindness with your toddler. I’m pretty sure anyone (whether or not they don’t like Valentine’s Day or not), they will love your thoughtfulness and delicious truffles!
Almond Butter Truffles
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)
-10 oz favorite dairy free bittersweet/semisweet chocolate, broken into small pieces (you could also use chocolate chips here)
-¼ cup homemade nut butter (I used my homemade almond butter)
-1 tablespoons coconut oil
-1teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
-1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)
-Himalayan sea salt (optional)
-cocoa powder (optional)
Place a small pot with water on the stove and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, place the chocolate, coconut oil and honey (if using) into a small glass boil that will be able to sit on top of the boiling water. Constantly stir the chocolate until it melts. DO NOT LEAVE the stove top as the chocolate can burn pretty quickly. When the chocolate mixture is almost fully melted, add the vanilla extract and stir. Remove the glass bowl (carefully, it may be hot!) and stir in the almond butter. Mix the chocolate mixture and almond butter for a good 30 seconds to get it smooth and silky. Once fully combined, place in fridge for 4 hours until firm.
After the truffle mixture is cool and pretty firm (not rock solid though) grab a melon baller or small ice cream scoop and begin scooping out individual truffles. Scoop out a ball of chocolate and roll between your hands to shape the truffle. Don’t worry if the chocolate begins to crumble a little, be patient and let the chocolate warm up in your hands. This will allow the chocolate to shape in your hands much more easily. After the truffle has been shaped, place in a cute mini paper liner or on a plate. Repeat until you have about 10 truffles. While the truffles are still warm from your hands, sprinkle Himalayan sea salt or roll the truffles in cocoa powder. Repeat with the rest of the chocolate truffle mixture until it’s gone.
Feel free to play around with the toppings of the truffles. I used the Himalayan sea salt because it’s pink and thought it would be a great addition to the flavor while adding a cute flare. You can also use shredded coconut or crushed nuts.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any family traditions for the day? I’d love to hear your plans or gifts you plan on giving your loved ones.