Chef Sara Boan of Catskill Animal Sanctuary writes: “Whether at a special event, staff lunch, or cooking class, these vegan chocolate chip cookie dough truffles have always been a crowd-pleasing and compassionate indulgence that are deceptively simple to make.
They’ll remind you of sneaking bites of raw cookie dough from the bowl as a kid, but because they’re egg-free, they’re completely safe to eat without any baking.
Excerpted from Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from Our Vegan Kitchen by Linda Soper-Kolton and Sara Boan, with permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ©2019 by Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Photographs by Alexandra Shytsman.
A note from The Vegan Atlas: Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a fantastic farm animal sanctuary has come out with Compassionate Cuisine, a vegan cookbook all its own. If you plan to be in New York’s Hudson Valley region, I highly recommend a visit to the sanctuary, where rescued farm animals of all kinds win hearts with their individuality and unique personalities.
You’ll find more visitor information at the bottom of this post. For now, though, let’s focus on these delicious vegan cookie dough truffles contributed by CAS’s chefs, and the authors of the book.
For another delectable recipe from Compassionate Cuisine, see Vegan Blueberry-Banana and Praline French Toast Casserole.
- 1½ cups almond meal
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄3 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
- For the truffles: Mix together the almond meal, salt, and maple syrup until well incorporated.
- Add the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix well to form a sticky dough. Add the chocolate chips and mix to incorporate.
- Shape the dough into teaspoon-sized balls using a small scoop or two spoons and place on a parchment-lined plate or tray. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, until firm.
- For the chocolate coating: Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil together.
- Roll each truffle between your hands to smooth them, dip in the melted chocolate, using a fork to lift out each coated truffle.
- Place the coated truffles back on the parchment, and refrigerate until ready to serve. These will soften a bit at room temperature but are at their best served slightly chilled.
Make ahead tip: Truffle filling needs to chill for at least 30 minutes before dipping, or make it 1 day in advance.
Coconut Rum Truffles (variation): Follow the same procedure but substitute 1/4 cup coconut nectar for the maple syrup, 3 tablespoons coconut rum for the vanilla, and 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut for the mini chocolate chips. Garnish each coated truffle with a sprinkling of toasted coconut and chill until serving time.
Compassionate Cuisine by Linda Soper-Kolton and Sara Boan
is available on Amazon, through Skyhorse Publishing,
and wherever books are sold
To visit Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, NY: Open on weekends for tours, April – November. Here’s more visitor information, and make sure to explore events. CAS also has a seasonal Bed & Breakfast called The Homestead.