Better-Than-A-Lindt-Ball Vegan Chocolates // GF
These little squares are my answer to the lack of a more "special" gourmet vegan chocolate out there. For sure, they do exist - especially in the UK - however they're quite pricey and are gone in a flash (when I’ve opened a box that is). These babes are my answer to that. They’re equally as heavenly as a Lindt ball, perhaps not as gorgeous looking, but the taste is glorious. I've combined oodles of my favourite sweet flavours into a bite-sized chocolate; caramel, chocolate hazelnut spread, nuts, salt and crunchy chocolate biscuits! Get excited because they are pretty-bloomin' good!
Makes approx. 36 chocolates (depending on size)
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate hazelnut spread
- 150g-200g vegan chocolate biscuits (variety of your choosing), chopped (GF if desired)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 tbsp maple syrup (or liquid sweetener)
- 4 tbsp nut butter - (a runny consistency will work best)
- generous pinch of salt
- 1 large handful nuts (pecans, almonds, peanuts etc.)
- 200g dark chocolate, melted, then left to cool for at least 10 minutes
- If not already runny, melt your choc-hazelnut spread by heating in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water, or placing it in a heatproof bowl in the oven as it heats up (should only take 10 minutes). Once melted, stir to ensure it's runny and set aside.
- Chop up your biscuits so they are a ‘crumbly’ texture. Grab a 20cm square pan (or similar) and line it with one piece of baking paper. Cover the base with the chopped biscuits and pour over the melted choc-hazelnut spread, covering the surface of the biscuits/mixing them a little to combine. Spread out to lay flat and put in the freezer for 20 minutes’ min to firm up.
- Make your caramel by mixing the melted coconut oil with the nut butter and maple syrup until smooth. Chop up your nuts and grab the tray from the freezer.
- Sprinkle the nuts over the set spread, then pour over the caramel. Sprinkle over a generous pinch of salt & return the tray to the freezer.
- Once set, remove the tray once more and using a heavy handled knife, cut the "slice" into pieces. Coat each piece in the melted chocolate and place on a tray (if you chill the tray beforehand this process with be a breeze), repeating until every piece is coated.
- Leave to set in the freezer once more and enjoy! Best kept in the fridge/freezer when not eating.