Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles – aka Frangos

Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles - aka Frangos I have very fond memories growing up and going to the old Frederick & Nelsons  (in Seattle) for those shiny green hexagon boxes filled with divine little minty truffles.  I think I may be really dating myself now as that store has been closed for AGES!!

Now Macy’s has the license..but the truffles have lost their luster for me.  With a lengthy ingredient list on an inherently simple recipe…..the warning bells go off in my head!!

Truffles are ridiculously simple to make.  The only time consuming part is in how you choose to finish them off…hand dipping chocolates is messy and time consuming: AND if I haven’t told you yet…I am a LAZY cook!!

I don’t like taking the time to hand dip things and make them look perfect, I lack the patience!

All decorating aside..these are simply sublime.  Soft, minty, dark chocolate goodness.  Smooth, creamy and soft on the inside with a lovely crunchy chocolate shell.  I experimented with several recipes, and although all were enjoyed, I picked the one with the healthiest ingredients and fewest allergens. 

Hello beautiful, it is so nice to finally meet you……allergy-friendly Frango Mint Truffle!  (Every taste tester swooned over these…in case you needed any convincing!)

INGREDIENT NOTE:  With such simple ingredients, it is important to pick a good tasting, higher quality chocolate.  Don’t get cheap, low quality ingredients here: they are essential to the end taste.  I really love Dagoba!

ALSO, if you prefer another flavor over mint, just sub extracts: orange, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate would all be good!

RECIPE NOTE: The chocolate dipped version was not only cleaner and easier to store, it also more closely resembled the Frango Mints.

Here you notice the chcoclate about 2/3 melted...from here i just stir until it all melts so as not to overheat and seize it!

Here you notice the chocolate about 2/3 melted…from here i just stir until it all melts so as not to overheat and seize it!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles - aka Frangos
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped (I used a Trader Joe's brand, there are many to choose from)
  • ⅓ cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup water or non dairy milk
  • 1¼ teaspoon peppermint extract (or any extract of your choosing)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting OR
  • 8 ounces chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons spectrum shortening or coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring after each time segment. When the chocolate is mostly melted, just continue stirring it until smooth rather than microwaving it longer. If you make the chocolate too hot, it will seize and clump. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or high powered blender, blend the cashews and water or milk until creamy.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate in, along with the extract and blend until smooth and creamy (or if you like some nutty texture, don't puree the cashews as long, leaving some chunks to them).
  4. Spread into a wax paper lined 8 x 8 pan. I only spread it out about into ⅔ of the pan as I wanted the truffle chunks thicker. Or if you will be rolling balls, it doesn't matter which pan you use or how thick you spread it!!
  5. Set in the freezer for about 20 minutes. When good and firm, remove the pan and lift the wax paper out. Cut into desired shapes. If rolling balls, grab a chunk and roll away in your palms!
  6. These can be served as is or sprinkled with powdered sugar or cocoa powder for cleaner eating. You can also melt another 8 ounces of chocolate with 2 teaspoons of Spectrum Shortening or coconut oil and hand dip the chocolates. Cool dipped truffles on a Silpat or piece of waxed paper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

 

Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles - aka Frangos

This recipe was shared on Made From Scratch Monday, My Meatless Monday, Make Your Own Monday, GF Monday, Natural Living Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Hearth & Soul, GF Wednesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Show Me Your Plaid,Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Kids in the Kitchen, Healthy 2Day Wednesdays, 12 Days of Christmas Goodies, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions Thursday, Keep It Real Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Wellness Weekend, Fresh Bites Friday, Freaky Friday, GF Friday, Fight Back Friday, Healthy Vegan Friday, Whole Foods Friday, Simple Meals Friday Sugar-Free Sunday, Wheat-Free Wednesday,

 

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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28 comments on “Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles – aka Frangos
  1. Laura says:

    Tessa-you are a genius in the kitchen! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous too. Can't wait to make these truffles!

  2. My, such lofty praise Laura!! It's my husband's job to say such things…but I REALLY appreciate hearing it from you!

  3. blkenigma888 says:

    Come to A Themed Baker's Sunday for this next week's theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/12/themed-bakers-sunday-16.html

  4. Anonymous says:

    So, I a accidentally bought the 60% less salt, ROASTED cashews at Trader Joes and decided to use them anyway. The worked wonderfully. These truffles were so easy and yummy, I think I'm going to try a hazelnut truffle next. Yum!Kirsten

  5. I LOVE HOW VERSATILE THESE TRUFFLES ARE T0O. I WAS THINKING A RASPBERRY ONE WOULD BE AMAZING…OR A TOASTED COCONUT…

  6. vintagemom says:

    Hi Tessa! Just wanted to let you know I included your truffles in my post "Allergy Friendly Holiday Cocktail Party" today. They look delicious!

    http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2011/12/allergy-friendly-virtual-holiday.html

    Thanks!
    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  7. I have been wanting to make truffles and this sound so super easy and I love that you made a cashew cream to add to it. Brilliant idea.

  8. Kalinda says:

    They look absolutely gorgeous. It used to be a big deal to go get Frango mints when we visited Chicago. Now that they're everywhere it'sjust nnot the same.

  9. @ Kalinda..isn;t that truth? I haven't even looked at those boxes in over a decade….but these brought it all back to me…you how your brain can tie a memory to taste….

  10. Mary Hudak-Collins says:

    This just gave me a wonderful idea for Christmas gifts! Thank you for sharing with us this month :)

  11. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Oh you had Frango Mint’s in Seattle also?! I thought they were just in Chicago! It is sad that Macy’s has bought everyone up and even sadder that it is not even the REAL Macy’s! It is American Federated Departments Stores Corp….. These truffles actually look better than the ones we used to buy at Marshall Field’s. I would love for you to come over and link to my new linky party “Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!”
    http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2012/12/02/show-me-your-plaid-mondays-1/

  12. Julie Moore says:

    Thank you for sharing this with our 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up! I’m bookmarking these for later. They look heavenly! YUM!

  13. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Thank you for Linking to Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s! I am pinning every post that links up to my Pinterest Page for all to see. I hope that you will return each week!

  14. Amber says:

    Hi Tessa,

    This may very well be one of my favorite dessert recipes from you my friend. I’m in that very rare mode where I’m craving chocolate and these are gorgeous and making my mouth water…seriously!

    Well done!!!

    Hugs to you,
    –Am

  15. Marya@parttimehealthnut.com says:

    These look great! I love that you haven’t added any additional sweeteners and use healthy fats. And I have a fridge filled with Trader Joe’s dark chocolate (we just had a store open locally) so I can’t wait to try them!

  16. Peggy says:

    YUMMY! Great pics too!

  17. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures says:

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  18. Chaya says:

    What a wonderful treat. Someone said you are a genius and I agree. I want to make these. In the meanwhile, they are being featured at My Meatless Mondays. Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. Angela@mamarosemary.com says:

    Oh my gosh! Yummy!!!! Another must try!
    Thank you for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  20. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says:

    YUM, I think they used to sell them at Marshall Fields as well. Amazing, I remember the taste so well :) Got this tweeted and pinned!

  21. Alison says:

    Tessa,
    These look DELICIOUS, as usual =]! We just found out that my kids are also gluten refined sweetener sensitive so these will make them happy campers! I love that they have cashews. Any protein and fat I can get into a treat makes me feel much better about serving it in the first place. Merry Christmas!

    • Hey Alison! How did you find out your kids can; tolerate refined sweeteners and gluten? I am curious! Yes, I have many ingredients filled with healthy fat I try and get into my kids…anyway I can!! If you need any help navigating gluten and sugar free…you know i am here to help!

  22. Robin @ Thank Your Body says:

    These look amazing! Perfect for the holidays, too.

    Thanks for linking up to Thank Your Body Thursday!

  23. Brenna says:

    Hi! I can’t wait to give this a try! I’m getting the ingredients I need today and am curious to know what types of non dairy milk any of you have used in this. Any suggestions as to what tasted great to you? Thanks!! Happy Holidays!

    • Hi Brenna…I have always used So Delicious Coconut Milk. You really won’t taste whichever milk you do choose, so use what you have! Come back for feedback when you’ve made them…it is always helpful to other readers and valuable for me!

  24. Vicky says:

    These sound wonderful Tessa!

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