Today, I am writing from a Winter Wonderland! (Can you hear the excitement in my voice?)
For the first time in as long as I can remember (which, admittedly, isn’t that far back – motherhood has pickled my brain!), we awoke to soft blankets of snow. Everything was a canvas of white.
The garden looked magical, snowflakes meandering through the sky, the branches heavy and weighed down. By the time we got outside, the snow was still falling, brushing eyelashes and kissing faces.
Anyway, it’s safe to say that the boys loved it! It was Ezra’s first time in the snow, and he squealed in delight.
When there is a wonderland outside, what better time than to share the recipe for these Chocolate Chestnut Truffles? The dream winter treat – and the very best for enjoying on the sofa in front of a blazing fire, with a huge mug of tea and Christmas movies playing in the background!
I had been meaning to share the recipe for these for a while, but I just never got round to it. Anyway, the second Sunday of advent seems perfect to me!
These truffles are simple, healthy (they contain zero added sugar), dairy-free and vegan and oh-so beautiful, thanks to their colourings – ground pistachio, freeze-dried berries, chopped nuts and cacao. Oh, and I reckon they’d make for a perfect homemade gift or Secret Santa present, too!
Or…if you want…just make the entire batch in hiding and gobble up the lot to yourself. I promise I won’t tell! 😉
Chocolate Chestnut Truffles
- 230g good quality dark chocolate, very finely chopped
- 9 tbsp full-fat, tinned coconut milk
- 2.5-3 tbsp chestnut puree
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- Pinch salt
- Optional: crushed freeze-dried strawberries, ground pistachio, chopped nuts to coat
- In a saucepan, gently heat your coconut milk until very warm but not boiling. Remove from the heat, then tip in your chocolate chunks, vanilla and chestnut puree and allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Whisk smooth (you may need to beat it or add a little heat if it’s not melting), then spoon into a bowl and place in the fridge to firm up for an hour or two.
- Roll the mixture into truffle-sized balls, then coat in your desired toppings. Eat immediately, or store in a fridge until ready to devour!