Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you don’t know what to give your partner? How about lovingly making homemade chocolates for him? Better than that, original and 100% vegan chocolates to respect the well-being of animals that also need love. We have selected for you 5 simple and delicious recipes to prepare chocolate treats for your partner or companion, your loved ones or yourself. Because you can never have enough chocolate†
Vegan filled chocolates
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get” said Forrest Gump in the movie of the same name. For a Valentine’s Day full of surprises, you can count on filled chocolates. Something to vary the delights and multiply the options! Don’t panic, these chocolate chips are very easy to make and leave you endless options when it comes to choosing the filling. This recipe from Vegan France explains how to make 25 filled chocolates, here with jam and peanut butter. For this you need:
- 400 g special vegan dark chocolate for dessert
- Jam filling: jam of your choice with less sugar
- Peanut butter filling: peanut butter, vegetable cream, agave syrup (100 g each)
Recipe : Prepare your silicone mold or molds. Melt 200 g dark chocolate in a bain-marie in a saucepan. Do not add water or fat to your chocolate! Once it has melted, turn off the heat. Take a paintbrush and brush the bottom and edges of each mold with liquid chocolate. Do not hesitate to iron several times so that the chocolate covers the entire surface of the mould. Let cool and put the molds in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Once the shells have cooled, holes may form. Melt 50 g of chocolate and repeat the previous steps to fill it. You can also apply a second coat of melted chocolate to areas that seem fragile to you. Put your molds back in the fridge for 20 minutes.
To make a peanut butter filling, place the peanut butter, agave syrup and vegetable cream in a saucepan and cook over low heat for a few minutes. Mix well with a spatula. Once your preparation is homogeneous, turn off the heat and let it cool. The filling should be completely cold for the rest of the recipe.
Remove your molds from the fridge and fill each dish with the filling of your choice, leaving a few millimeters between the filling and the edges. Melt the remaining chocolate in a bain-marie and pour it into the molds to cover the filled shells. Trim excess, if necessary. Place your chocolates in the fridge for 40 minutes to harden. To take them out of the mold, push each chocolate a little from the bottom. And now it’s done! So, what taste do you like?
Dark chocolate beggars
Your lover or your lover swears only by dried fruit? Why not give her homemade vegan beggars? Gourmet but also aesthetically pleasing, these chocolate chips are very easy to make and are sure to have their effect. Thanks to this Practical Vegan Recipe, you don’t have to go to all the chocolate shops to find a vegan version! To prepare these beggars you will need these ingredients:
- 200g vegan dark chocolate
- A bag of mixed nuts (almonds, raisins, hazelnuts, etc.)
Recipe : Melt the chocolate au bain-marie in a pan. Once melted, spread with a spoon on a baking sheet and form disks. Then place your seeds, nuts or dried fruit on each disc. Let the mixture set for about an hour. If your beggars have congealed, peel them gently and keep them refrigerated. Simple, fast and delicious!
Ah the truffles… These delicious balls rich in chocolate, melting and addictive that usually leave traces of cocoa on the corners of our lips… These gourmet pralines are perfect for an occasion like Valentine’s Day and they are also easy to prepare! For a vegan version, the Au Vert avec Lili website offers you a recipe for truffles that are as quick to make as they are to devour. You need these ingredients:
- 200g vegan dark chocolate
- 100 ml vegetable cream of your choice
- 100 g white almond puree
- cocoa powder
Recipe : Pour the vegetable cream into a pan and bring to the boil. Break the chocolate into pieces in a bowl. Once the vegetable cream is boiling, pour it directly into the bowl. Mix with a spatula to a smooth ganache. Then add the almond puree to the preparation and mix again. Pour the mixture into a mold, cover with a sheet of baking paper and place in the fridge for about 2 hours.
Take small pieces of ganache with a spoon and roll them in your hands to form your truffles. Pour cocoa powder into a bowl and roll your truffles in it. Let stand for 30 minutes. Your truffles are ready to be offered… or tasted right away.
Chocolate and date hearts
Who says Valentine’s Day, says… heart-shaped chocolates, of course. For a romantic, sweet and original gift, you can bet on chocolate and date hearts, without baking. Vegan and gluten-free, these healthy yet delicious treats can be prepared very quickly and are suitable for all diets. Useful ! This Barbara French Vegan recipe shows you how to prepare 16 pieces of this delicious gift. For this you need:
- 250 g pitted dates
- 180g vegan dark chocolate
- 50 grams of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon liquid vanilla
Recipe : Melt the chocolate au bain-marie in a pan. Pour it into the bowl of your mixer and add the other ingredients. Mix until you get a homogeneous, compact and slightly sticky dough. Place a sheet of baking paper on the bottom of a square pan. Pour the preparation into the mold and spread it out to distribute the batter over the entire surface. Cool the mold for 20 minutes. Unmold the dough and then shape your hearts using a heart-shaped cookie cutter until the dough is used up. Then you can decorate them with grated coconut, liquid caramel or small sugar hearts… Let your imagination run wild!
Chocolate hazelnut rocks
For the most greedy palates, opt for hazelnut rocks. With just a few ingredients, you can prepare vegan and gluten-free rocks that have nothing to envy to commercial rocks. Happiness in one bite! This Clara Primi recipe allows you to make 15 bricks with the following ingredients:
- 300 g special vegan dark chocolate for dessert
- 150 g vegetable soy cream
- 60 g hazelnut powder
- 15 whole hazelnuts
Recipe: Melt 150 g dark chocolate with the vegetable cream in a bain-marie. Add the hazelnut powder and mix to a homogeneous paste. Pour everything into a bowl and put it in the fridge for 4 hours, until the preparation solidifies. Then take a tablespoon of preparation, add a hazelnut in the center and roll everything into a rock. Keep your stones cool. Melt the rest of the chocolate in a saucepan au bain-marie. Cover your rocks with melted chocolate, let them harden and put them back in the fridge. Your chocolates are ready!
There you go, all you need to do is head to the kitchen to prepare these chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day… or the rest of the year!