2 ingredients vegan condensed milk truffles or Brigadeiro
Today I’m bringing you a special treat! 2 ingredients only, vegan condensed milk truffles or Brigadeiro as they call them in Brazil. Not only these truffles are absolutely delicious, rich and slightly chewy with a deep flavour of cacao… mmm so good! But they only take 5 minutes to make. So easy! Dairy-free, Gluten-free.
Based on my research, traditional Brigadeiro Normally made with butter, dairy condensed milk and cocoa powder. Definitely, not vegan friendly. On the other hand, my version of condensed milk truffles is vegan and only has two ingredients, making them so easy to make.
For my Brigadeiros, I used coconut condensed milk and unprocessed raw cacao powder. That is all that you need. As a result, you will get truffles that are perfectly sweet and balanced and slightly chewy. I would even say that they are almost a cross between fudge and toffee, so good!
You can use more or less cacao to get the texture you want
I used a high percentage of cacao powder to condense milk as I aimed for a slightly firmer texture. If you want softer truffles, just use less cacao powder. Keep in mind that the less cacao powder you use, the sweeter the finished Brigadeiros will be and the longer you will need to chill the dough before cutting it into truffles.
My Top choice for condensed milk and How to make your own
For this recipe, I used store-bought condensed coconut milk from the brand called Nature’s Charm. They have a great selection of plant-based products, and I trust their quality. If you can’t get it where you live, you can make your condensed milk. The process is quite simple, and you only need to boil coconut milk with sugar before it thickens. In this case scenario, you can even make it sugar-free by replacing the sugar with your favourite sweetener. However, I’m too lazy to do that most of the times:) And I am fortunate to find great vegan products such as Nature’s Charm condensed milk in most of the major supermarkets nowadays.
Why I use cacao instead of cocoa for vegan condensed milk truffles
I chose to use raw cacao powder instead of cocoa powder for several reasons
- The flavour. It’s my deeper and much more chocolatey
- It is rich in flavanols – an antioxidant that is great for our overall wellbeing
- It has potassium and magnesium, which are essential for energy metabolism and neurological function
- Raw cacao hasn’t been heat-treated, meaning all the goodness is preserved.
I love to make even my desserts just a little bit healthier if I can. Without sacrificing the taste, of course! However, if you can’t find raw cacao powder, surely you can use regular cocoa ( just make sure that it doesn’t have added sugar).
How to decorate Brigadeiros
To finish my vegan condensed truffles, I simply dusted them with extra cacao powder. This method makes it much easier to cut the dough and shape the truffles afterwards. However, if you prefer, you can make a small piece of the dough and roll it in sprinkles to make the truffle. That would be the more traditional way of making Brigadeiros, as I can see based on everything I found on the internet. Both methods will produce equally cute looking condensed milk truffles. But the technique that I used is more straightforward and much faster, so I just went for it!
2 ingredients vegan condensed milk truffles/Brigadeiro
- 160 gr coconut condensed milk
- 70 gr cacao powder plus extra for dusting
- pinch of salt
- Pour coconut condensed milk into a saucepan and using medium heat warm it up gently
- The consistency should get thinner
- In two batches add sifted cacao powder and a pinch of salt stirring well in between
- The dough should get nice and thick
- Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and flatten it with your hands or a rolling pin
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. I prefer to leave it in the fridge overnight
- When the time is up, remove the dough from the refrigerator, dust with cacao and cut it into truffles
- Smooth out the edges with your fingers and place on the serving platter