Today's Samoa Truffles recipe is for all you Girl Scout Cookie lovers out there. Samoa's have always been my favorite. They're the perfect combination of sweet, gooey, and crunchy! These truffles have everything you love about the classic cookie with the ease of a truffle.
What Is In A Truffle?
The holiday's are right around the corner, and that means dessert galore! I feel like every holiday season I discover a whole new world of desserts. For the longest times truffles were one of those desserts. I never really understood what goes into a truffle, or what's so special about them. However this year I dove in and oh boy am I glad I did.
Truffles are typically made with a ganache. If you're not familiar with ganache, it is melted chocolate and cream which forms a thick and rich creamy substance. Therefore truffles are balls of ganache dipped in chocolate, or coated with things such as: sprinkles, coconut, lemon zest, etc.
Unlike most truffle recipes, these Samoa Truffles are made with a thick coconut filling, and a sweet chocolate outside. Even though these truffles are a bit different than other truffle recipes, they're just as (if not more) delicious! They still feature the rich and creamy inside, and a chocolate coated outside.
Ingredients for these Samoa Truffles:
- Full Fat Coconut Milk - It's important to use full-fat coconut milk from the can for this recipe. Any other coconut milk won't thicken up as well.
- Medjool Dates - Dates are one of my favorite natural sweeteners. They're full of nutrients and super sweet. Medjool Dates are perfect for these Samoa Truffles, because they have a nice caramel flavor and thick texture.
- Almond Flour - Helps to thicken up the truffles, and give them a soft chewy cookie like center.
- Vanilla Extract - Ties all the flavors together for the perfect Samoa flavor.
- Shredded Coconut - No Samoa is complete without coconut. I like to use finely shredded coconut because it resembles the classic Samoa cookie the best.
- Sea Salt - Helps to enhance the caramel flavor.
- Coconut Flour - Another one of my favorite gluten-free flour choices. It has a mild flavor that works wonderfully for these truffles.
- Plant Based Chocolate - Any vegan chocolate will work perfectly for this recipe. I always opt for a naturally sweetened chocolate to avoid unhealthy refined sugars.
How To Make These Samoa Truffles:
These Samoa Truffles are one of my favorite treats to make, because they're incredibly easy to make.
Begin by combining the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and pitted dates together in a sauce pan. Cook on high until the dates have soften, and the coconut milk resembles sweetened condensed milk. Add the mixture and blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and add the almond flour, shredded coconut, and coconut flour. Mix until thick and roll-able.
Roll the coconut mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. While the truffles are chilling, melt the chocolate with a double broiler and toast the coconut. I like to toast coconut flakes in the air-fryer.
Coat the truffles with the melted chocolate and top with the toasted coconut. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Makes These Samoa Truffles Healthy?
These Samoa Truffles are one of my all-time favorite easy vegan desserts, because they're super rich and delicious, but they're also super healthy. They're healthy, because they are free of all the bad stuff, and full of the good stuff.
These truffles are:
- Refined Sugar-Free
- High Fiber
- Naturally Sweetened
- Whole Foods Plant Based
These Samoa Truffles are also full of vitamins and minerals. They are:
- Rich in Manganese, Copper, and Iron: Dark chocolate and Coconut are great sources of these essential nutrients. These truffles are coconut based, and therefore are full these nutrients.
- Contains Antioxidants: Cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants available to us. Therefore it's important that you choose a dark chocolate that is made with real cacao for the added health benefits.
- May Improve Blood Flow: Many controlled studies show that cocoa and dark chocolate can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
How Long Do These Truffles Keep?
These Truffles are the perfect holiday treat, because they store super well. If your holiday baking is anything like mine, you probably crank a bunch out in one weekend. This is amazing, but can be a problem when the baked goods don't keep well.
These Samos Truffles are a perfect holiday to make and store for the whole season. If stored in an air tight container in the fridge, these truffles can last up to 3 week. If stored in the freezer, they can last even longer.
How To Make Naturally Sweetened Vegan Caramel:
No Samoa is complete without the classic caramel flavor. Achieving the classic caramel flavors with whole foods plant based ingredients can be a bit tricky. However after years of creating vegan treats I have mastered the technique of making naturally sweetened vegan caramel.
The key to achieving the perfect gooey texture and creamy flavor is medjool dates! Not all dates are created equally, so it's important to use the medjool variety over others. They're much softer and sweeter than other varieties.
To achieve the proper consistency you need to boil the dates. I boil the dates in coconut milk. The combination of coconut milk and medjool dates creates the perfect naturally sweetened caramel. once the dates are soft, add them to a blender and blend until the mixture is silky smooth. It'll be thick, but it won't be sticky. That's why it's perfect for these truffles. If you're looking for a proper sticky caramel recipe, be sure to check out my 2-ingredient Vegan Caramel recipe.
Related Easy Vegan Dessert Recipes:
- Chocolate Caramel Chia Seed Protein Pudding
- Vegan Peanut Butter Balls
- Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
- Cherry Almond Date Bliss Balls
- In a saucepan combine the pitted medjool dates, vanilla extract, and the coconut cream. Cook until the dates have broken down and the mixture has become thick and a caramel color. While still warm add to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Combine the remaining ingredients together with the date coconut mixture in a large bowl. Stir until it is thick and forms a large ball. Roll into 18 balls, place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and set in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Add the chocolate chips to a double broiler and melt.
- Remove the chocolate from heat as soon as it is melted. Dip the chilled truffles into the chocolate and set on a sheet of parchment paper. Top with some toasted coconut and set in the fridge/freezer until the chocolate has hardened (about 10 minutes in the freezer). Serve and enjoy!