Vegan BonBon Recipes: When things get stressful, sometimes all you need is to treat yourself to a nice, relaxing evening at home. A warm bath, a glass of wine, and a night dedicated to letting yourself unwind can really do the trick. Let’s talk about a couple of ways to make it a little extra special with this duo of amazing vegan bonbon recipes that are perfect for snacking on or gifting to someone who could use a little extra love.
What is a Bonbon, Exactly?
Bonbons have always been associated with luxury and elite relaxation. In vintage movies, it isn’t uncommon to see a wealthy lady, dripping in diamonds and furs snacking daintily on a bonbon. Still, many people do not know exactly what they are.
That is due to the fact that the word “bonbon” simply means “candy” in French. It is commonly used to describe a small bun dipped in chocolate but it can literally refer to any candy, though generally is refined to only include small, chocolate-coated confections. Usually, these treats contain milk, eggs, and other animal products, but are fortunately rather easy to convert over to feature vegan ingredients! check below two delicious Vegan BonBon Recipes.
1. Peanut Butter Bomb Bonbons
These delicious, vegan peanut butter bonbons are incredibly rich and decadent and rival any non-vegan Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup you can buy at the store. Plus, they are actually rather clean and use ingredients that do not harm your body, unlike other recipes that may include lard and high amounts of dairy.
This version uses the natural oils found in the peanut butter as a binder and is completely vegan, gluten-free, and contains no refined sugars! Try to shoot for peanut butter that is as natural as possible and opt for a good, high-quality vegan chocolate for the coating if you want this to be a healthier recipe.
This recipe is our variation on this one from The Healthy Family and Home.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate (can be chips or bar)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
How To Make
- In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. It should form a sort of “cookie dough” texture and be thick enough that you can form it into a ball.
- Scoop out spoonfuls of the peanut butter and roll each into a ball. Place onto a pan and chill until set.
- In a pot, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth, being careful to not scorch the chocolate. A double boiler works well here.
- Roll the chilled peanut butter balls in the still hot, liquid chocolate.
- Place each ball back onto the cookie sheet once coated and place back into the freezer to chill
- Once the chocolate has hardened, they are ready to eat!
2. Coconut Chocolate Delight Bonbons
Like peanut butter and chocolate, coconut and chocolate is a dreamy combination that is pure comfort food bliss. These bonbons are a healthier option that features all vegan ingredients and can deliver the sweet, mood-boosting effects of chocolate snacking without the guilt.
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup almond or peanut butter (or another nut/seed butter)
- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate (chips or bar)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
How To Make
- In a bowl, combine the shredded coconut, nut butter, coconut cream, and maple syrup until a moldable texture forms. If it feels too wet, add a bit more coconut.
- Scoop the mix by the spoonful and mold into balls. Place in the freezer to chill
- In a pot, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, taking care not to let it burn. Double boilers work well for this.
- Remove the chilled coconut balls from the freezer and roll in the chocolate.
- Place back in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened.
These bonbons may not be as healthy as a salad but with their whole food ingredients, they are certainly a better option when you need something sweet and comforting. These delicious treats will satisfy any sweet tooth and are perfect for gifting or enjoying solo! Plus, you can switch up the fillings in the base recipes a bit to create something totally new or roll the peanut butter one in some toasted nuts for a little extra texture. Play around and see what works best for you!