I LOVE making desserts! Especially for a holiday or special occasion. And especially when that occasion is to celebrate someone that’s near and dear to my heart…who also loves dessert just as much as I do. 😉 So for Mother’s Day this weekend I decided to whip up a batch of these super easy, rich and decadent red velvet truffles!
Now usually I prefer to make my desserts from scratch, but I have to admit, sometimes it’s pretty nice to have a go-to recipe that doesn’t require so much time in the kitchen. Cue in what I like to call “the lazy girl truffles“. Literally all you need is 3 – maybe 4 ingredients (if you want to get fancy with a little drizzle action) and about an hour or so in the kitchen. That’s it! Trust me though, everyone will think you spent dayss on end making these little guys!
For this recipe I used Safe and Fair’s Red Velvet Brownie Mix, but any red velvet/regular brownie mix will work too! (I personally love this brand because all of their products are free from 8 common allergies that are found in food.) If you do happen to use Safe and Fair, here are the substitutions I used to make the brownies:
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk instead of 2 Tbsp regular milk
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil instead of 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Added 1 scoop of Further Food marine collagen to up the protein intake
- Used an 8×8 pan and baked them at 325 degrees for 38 minutes
After that, it’s pretty simple from there! Just crumble up the brownies, form them into balls and dip them in a pool of melted chocolate.
How easy is that?! 🙂
(After thinking about it, the trickiest part of this recipe is melting the chocolate.)
A few tips when it comes to melting chocolate:
- Chocolate can be EXTREMELY temperamental and VERY easy to burn! BE PATIENT!
- Microwave Method: Start out by heating the chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds. Take it out and stir. Then heat again at 15 second intervals (stirring between each interval). STOP heating as soon as the chocolate chips become easy to mix. Keep stirring until all the chips are melted. *I used this method*
- Double Broil Method: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a metal bowl over the pot and add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir the chocolate and oil together until they start to melt. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue stirring until chocolate is fully melted. *This is more labor intensive but has amazing results.*
And now the fun part…TOPPINGS! (Because apparently red velvet truffles aren’t fun enough.. 😛 )
- chocolate drizzle
- shredded coconut
- chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, etc.)
- brownie crumbles
Have a great Mother’s day everyone! 🙂
Red Velvet Truffles
- 1 package red velvet brownie mix (plus ingredients listed on package)*
- 1 ½ cups chocolate chips (milk, dark, semi-sweet, non-dairy, etc.)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- ¾ cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- Bake brownies according to the package. (I baked mine at 325° for 38 minutes. This made 1 8×8 pan.)
- Once brownies have cooled, crumble them with your fingers or a fork. Then take a little over 1 Tbsp of brownie crumbles and form them into a tight ball. Place the ball on a tray lined with parchment paper and continue until all the brownie crumbles are used. Place balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Place your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Heat them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until chocolate chips are completely melted. (Make sure to stir in between intervals. Mine took 40 seconds.)
- Take the brownie balls out of the fridge and one at a time, dip them into the melted chocolate. Place them back on the parchment sheet. Once all balls have been dipped, place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
- *If making a drizzle: Place the white chocolate chips in another microwave safe bowl and heat at 30 second intervals until they're fully melted. Put chocolate in a small ziplock bag and cut a small hole at one of the corners. Carefully drizzle chocolate over the cooled truffles. Place the truffles back in the fridge until you're ready to eat!