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Vegan Marzipan Truffles

This vegan marzipan recipe is so simple and seriously delicious! Roll your marzipan into balls, then toss a few of each in coconut, pistachios, cinnamon/coconut sugar, and cacao powder for your very own beautiful, homemade assortment of vegan marzipan truffles!

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Well, it seems to be full-blown flu season around here, and just about everyone I know is recovering from something unpleasant. Aaron, who almost never gets sick, is down and out, but still trying to power through his work week. I’m feeling the first inklings of an achy, tired, head cold and making it my mission to eat all the kale. This is not much different from other weeks though.

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Winter sickness aside, I wanted to share this crazy simple, seriously delicious recipe for vegan marzipan truffles. It’s so easy, even those of us who are battling the flu can likely muster up the energy to make them. And we can thank my dad for the idea! He emailed me last week with a link to a vegan marzipan recipe that was at least fifty percent processed white sugar and asked if I could come up with a healthier alternative.

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Ask and you shall receive! I get giddy when it comes to taking traditional recipes and health-ifying them, trying to find that sweet spot between decadent and energizing, as opposed to short-lived sugar high followed by need-to-take-a-nap.

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I’ve professed my obsession with almond extract before and I will say it again: that stuff is heaven. Intoxicating. Comfort in a bottle. And these truffles are heavy on the almonds and almond extract—as marzipan should be. I used light agave nectar in place of white sugar, both for it’s neutral flavor and ability to bind everything together with ease, along with a small pinch of sea salt to enhance the sweetness. That’s it!

You can roll the vegan marzipan into balls and enjoy them in all of their simple glory, or you can take things up a notch and do what I did, which was to toss a few of each in coconut, roasted pistachios, cinnamon and coconut sugar, and raw cacao powder for your very own beautiful, homemade assortment of marzipan truffles. Each of these toppings pairs perfectly with the marzipan, though I particularly enjoyed the contrast of the more bitter cacao and sweet almond filling. Any excuse to eat chocolate!

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Vegan Marzipan Truffles

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Vegan Marzipan Truffles

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 16 truffles


Prep Time: 15 mins

This vegan marzipan recipe is so simple and seriously delicious! Roll your marzipan into balls, then toss a few of each in coconut, roasted pistachios, cinnamon and coconut sugar, and raw cacao powder.

15-Minute Vegan Marzipan Recipe and How to Make EASY Vegan Marzipan Truffles! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #marzipan #truffles #recipe #dessert #glutenfree

Vegan Marzipan Truffles

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Ingredients

For the vegan marzipan:

  • 2 cups raw slivered almonds, skins removed
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons [url:1]light agave nectar[/url]
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • pinch of sea salt

For the optional toppings:

  • unsweetened coconut flakes*
  • roasted pistachios*
  • cinnamon & coconut sugar
  • raw cacao powder

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 16 truffles

Prep Time: 15 mins

This vegan marzipan recipe is so simple and seriously delicious! Roll your marzipan into balls, then toss a few of each in coconut, roasted pistachios, cinnamon and coconut sugar, and raw cacao powder.

Instructions

  • Place the almonds in a food processor and process until fine and crumbly (about 30 seconds).
  • To the food processor, add the agave nectar, almond extract, and sea salt, and process until the mixture begins to form a ball on the blade (about 1-2 minutes, depending on your processor). You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice.
  • Using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon, scoop out balls of marzipan and roll them in your hands until smooth.
  • Toss the marzipan balls in the toppings, or enjoy them as-is!

Notes [3]

*Pulse the coconut and pistachios into small pieces in the blender or food processor before rolling the truffles.

Almond extracts can vary depending on which you use. I used the Whole Foods Organic 365 brand for my marzipan. I recommend adding it in 1/2 teaspoon increments and tasting as you go to achieve your ideal almond flavor. Same goes with the agave—taste as you go and feel free to adjust the sweetness to your preferred taste.

Marzipan truffles should be stored in a container in the refrigerator.

Copyright © 2020 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Love, love, LOVE this! I usually shy away from it these days due to the refined sugar ingredients and the usual egg whites. These look incredible. I’m totally with you about the almond extract obsession…so good!

    Have you tried this out with raw almonds with skin? I imagine texture wouldn’t work, but wonder if it would be ok…maybe just a lil’ rustic? 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      I had no idea marzipan even had egg whites until I started looking at recipes – not necessary at all!
      I haven’t tried it with raw almonds with skin, but like you said, I imagine they would produce a more textured, rustic consistency. I’m sure it will work, it just may not have the smoothness of traditional marzipan.

  2. Caitlin says

    these just look absolutely phenomenal. i’m salivating. i want ALL the truffles. and i completely agree with you on almond extract, sometimes i’ll open the bottle just to inhale it 😉

    ps- how cute is your dad emailing you recipes to healthify?!

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so glad someone else does this with the almond extract! haha

  3. Lee says

    Yum. I’ve always loved marzipan.

    1. Amanda says

      It fell off my radar for a little while, but now I’m marzipan-obsessed!

  4. Emma says

    I am definitely making these! I’m both a marzipan and an almond extract lover too and have made your banana almond smoothie many a time.
    Thanks for healthy-ing up this recipe for us 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Oh, I’m so glad you like my banana almond smoothie recipe! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the truffles after you make them.

  5. Dude! These are cool! I never really liked marzipan, I only eat it because it reminds me of good childhood memories, but I think it’s growing on me. I’ll have to try these. Yum! Thanks for sharing 😀

    1. Amanda says

      I hope you’ll revisit marzipan! These are so good. I’m already thinking about making more!

  6. Yum! I loved marzipan as a child but haven’t eaten it in years. These truffles look so tempting. Love that you formed them into a heart.

    1. Amanda says

      Food styling credit goes to Aaron on this one. The heart shape was all him!

  7. Goodness, so easy! Must make these pronto. Thanks for sharing!

    (And, HA at “eat all the kale” being the same every week 😉 ).

    1. Amanda says

      They’re SO easy to make! Definitely let me know if you make them!

  8. Marie says

    My boyfriend is also battling a cold. I know he loves marzipan and this recipe would make him very happy! Do you think it could work with almond meal? It would be a lazy version 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      I’m sure your boyfriend would appreciate some marzipan! Someone else also asked about trying the recipe with raw almonds with skin – similar to almond meal. I imagine the marzipan would have a slightly more textured, rustic consistency, but I’m sure it will work and be delicious. 🙂 Please report back if you use almond meal!

      1. Marie says

        Ah, well on my almond meal bag, it’s written it’s made from blanched whole almonds (it’s Bob’s Red Mill). I guess I have my answer.
        I’m so making these. Thank you!

  9. Stefanie says

    Wow, this is such a good idea! When I first read “marzipan” I was like, ew. But your recipe actually sounds fantastic!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Stefanie! I’m really happy with how the truffles turned out. Better than expected!

  10. Audra says

    Your recipe looks wonderful! I don’t use agave and was wondering if you think maple syrup would work as a replacement? Or coconut nectar? Thanks!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Audra! I think either should work, but the maple syrup will obviously alter the flavor. If you’re looking to keep the almond as the main flavor, I’d probably try coconut nectar over maple syrup since it’s not quite as pronounced. Let me know how they turn out!

  11. Lauren says

    I LOVE marzipan! I can’t wait to make these tonight! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! I hope you love the truffles, Lauren!

  12. I absolutely love this! I have ad a real craving for chocolate-covered marzipan recently (don’t ask me why) and now I have a way to satisfy it healthfully :o)

    1. Amanda says

      That is a very specific craving! haha I hope you enjoy the truffles, Gabby!

  13. Sam says

    I just made these using almond meal flour I already had. Sooooo yummy and easy! Will definitely make these again. Thank you for sharing and to your father who started it all!!!

    1. Thanks for letting me know the almond meal flour worked! That’s great to know.

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