Vegan Eggnog Bites

Made from only 8 simple and wholesome ingredients, these Vegan Eggnog Bites (AKA Lumps of Coal) are the perfect personal-sized snack to lighten up your holiday season.

Pile of vegan eggnog bites on a white plate with white lights and a white cup of eggnog in the background.

If you’re looking for a festive snack or dessert that doesn’t require many ingredients or very much time and effort look no further than these vegan eggnog bites. They’re soft and smooth on the inside and, with an optional chocolate coating, crunchy and rich on the outside. Full of wholesome ingredients like chickpeas and cashews they are perfect for small hands. Or, with the optional addition of rum or bourbon, they’re perfect for adults as well.

Why you’ll love them

Incase you didn’t read the above paragraph, or perhaps you just need to hear it again to be convinced, here’s why you should make a batch of vegan eggnog bites:

  • Wholesome
  • Simple
  • Chocolate-y
  • Creamy
  • Smooth
  • Festive
  • Make-ahead
  • Kid-friendly version
A pile of vegan eggnog bites on a white plate surrounded by white lights, a cup of eggnog, cinnamon sticks, and a copy of A Christmas Carol.

Eggnog Bites

Desserts really don’t get much simpler than dumping a few simple ingredients into a food processor and letting the machine do the work for you. Even better, make this dessert ahead of your time for your holiday party without anyone knowing the difference.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine drained and rinsed chickpeas, cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and vegan eggnog. You can also add rum or bourbon instead of eggnog if you are preparing this as an adult dessert. Once all the ingredients are safely inside your food processor, process them until they come together into a thick, sticky, hummus-like consistency.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using two spoons or a large cookie scoop, scoop out balls about 2-3 tablespoons in size. It’s ok if they’re not perfectly smooth, remember, they’re meant to look like lumps of coal.

Once all the eggnog dough has been scooped, rolled, and placed on the lined baking sheet, put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes until firm. While you’re waiting, begin making the chocolate coating.

Pile of vegan eggnog bites on a white plate with white lights and two white cups of eggnog in the background.

Chocolate Coating

To make the chocolate coating, begin with a microwaveable bowl and place chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) inside along with 1 tablespoon full of vegan eggnog. Microwave the chocolate for 15-20 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir. Return the bowl the microwave and heat for another 15-20 seconds. Continue to heat and stir the chocolate until it’s completely melted watching closely to prevent burning.

Once the chocolate is melted and the eggnog dough is hardened dip the bites into the melted chocolate. Coat evenly and thoroughly then place back on the parchment paper. Once all the bites are covered place them back in the freezer for an additional 15-20 minutes or until hardened.

You can either store the bites in the freezer until 10 minutes before serving or put them in the refrigerator if you’ll be serving them soon. They’re also great at room temperature, but make sure you watch them so they don’t melt in your cozy warm home.

Enjoy friends!

Pile of vegan eggnog bites on a white plate beside a cup of eggnog, cinnamon sticks, and a copy of A Christmas Carol.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Chocolate-magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E; pantothenic acid; phenolic phytochemicals; flavonoids; caffeine; theobromine (antioxidant)

Cinnamon-manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber

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Vegan Eggnog Bites

Prep Time10 mins
Freeze Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Holiday, Vegan
Keyword: almond nog, eggnog, energy bites, holiday baking, kid-friendly, quick, simple, vegan, vegan eggnog
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Eggnog Filling

  • 1, 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • cup cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp vegan eggnog (or rum or bourbon) optional

Dark Chocolate Coating

  • 4 oz vegan dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp vegan eggnog

Instructions

Vegan Eggnog Bites

  • In the bowl of a food processor combine all the vegan eggnog bite ingredients. Process until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop out 2 tbsp worth of dough and smooth into a ball. Place on the prepared cookie sheet. Continue until all the dough is used making about 12 eggnog bites.
  • Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

Dark chocolate coating

  • In a microwave safe bowl combine dark chocolate and eggnog. Microwave for 15-20 seconds and stir. Continue alternating between microwaving and stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Watch chocolate carefully to prevent buring.
  • Remove eggnog bites from the freezer and dip into the dark chocolate coating. Place dipped bites back on the parchment paper and freeze for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
  • Remove from the freezer about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a cold glass on vegan eggnog or a hot cup of coffee.
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Peppermint Crispy Treats

Peppermint crispy treats that are vegan, only require 6-ingredients, and take 15 minutes to prepare. Crunchy, sweet, chocolate-y and full of festive peppermint flavors this simple dessert is sure to please adults and kids alike this holiday season.

Vegan peppermint crispy treats on a red and white kitchen towel with lights in the background.

Why you’ll love them

My crispy treat-hating husband can’t seem to put these peppermint krispy rice treats down! So if I can make a believer out of him…I know you and anyone you share them with will be 100% satisfied. And here’s why:

  • Simple- All you need are 6 ingredients and about 15 minutes of prep time. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
  • Crunchy- Make sure that your crispy rice cereal is fresh!
  • Gooey- I mean, marshmallows = gooey. It’s the crunchy gooey combo that makes this dessert so addicting.
  • Chocolate- With just a thin layer of chocolate that seeps into the cracks and crevices of the cereal and marshmallows, you get a surprise hint of chocolate in unexpected places.
  • Peppermint-As if the chocolate wasn’t enough, you get an amazing hint of peppermint at the end to lighten up the dessert!
A hand holding a vegan peppermint crispy treat with a bite taken out of it and more treats on a red and white kitchen towel.

Crispy Treats

Everyone knows how a crispy rice treat works: crispy rice cereal, marshmallows, oil. Nothing crazy going on here right? I told you, this is an EASY dessert recipe. It’s not the method or even the simple, basic ingredients that we’re going to change- it’s the flavor profile. Let’s start with the marshmallows. You’ll want to get your hands on these: Dandie’s mini peppermint marshmallows. They’re going to take your crispy treat from ordinary to, well, you know…But don’t worry if you can’t find these seasonal vegan mallows. Keep reading to find out how you can transform even vanilla flavored Dandie’s into this festive holiday treat.

In a large pot over medium high heat, melt refined coconut oil. Once melted add vegan peppermint marshmallows and stir continuously until the mixture is well combined. Be sure to have your crispy rice cereal already pre-measured and ready to go. Now, if you are using regular vegan marshmallows you’ll also want to have 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil on hand.

Once completely melted and combined, stir in crispy rice cereal. Then, using a wooden spoon, gently press into an 8×8 glass baking dish. If the mixture is sticking too much to your spoon you can use a plastic spoon that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Or, you can use your fingers. Just use caution as the mixture will be hot.

So, if you’re using regular marshmallows you’ll want to add the peppermint oil to the hot coconut oil-marshmallow mixture before adding the crispy rice cereal. Then continue preparing as mentioned above.

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Peppermint Chocolate Topping

Once the crispy rice treats are formed in the glass baking dish you can begin making the peppermint chocolate topping. In a large, microwavable bowl combine dark chocolate chips and refined coconut oil. Microwave for 20 seconds then stir. Continue microwaving and stirring until the chocolate mixture is just melted. Do not over-microwave or you will burn your chocolate. While the chocolate is melting, prepare the candy cane topping by crushing them into bite-sized pieces.

At this point you can add the optional peppermint extract to the chocolate mixture and stir before pouring over the crispy rice treats or just omit the peppermint and pour on the prepared crispy rice treats. Quickly top with crushed candy canes. Place the treats in the refrigerator, uncovered, and allow the ganache to harden. About 1 hour.

A bottle of peppermint extract with vegan peppermint crispy treats on a red and white kitchen towel and lights in the background.

I hope that you’ll give these peppermint crispy treats a go this holiday season. And when you do, be sure to let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

Enjoy friends!

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Ingredient Health Benefits

Chocolate-magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E; pantothenic acid; phenolic phytochemicals; flavonoids; caffeine; theobromine (antioxidant)

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Peppermint Crispy Treats

These vegan peppermint crispy treats are ready in 15 minutes using only 6 ingredients. They're a simple dessert sure to please everyone this holiday season.
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holiday, Vegan
Keyword: 6-ingredients, chocolate, chocolate ganache, crispy treats, ganache, krispie treats, marshmallows, peppermint, vegan marshmallows
Servings: 9 treats
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Crispy Rice Layer

  • 2½-3 cups crispy rice cereal*
  • 1, 10 oz bag Dandies peppermint marshmallows**
  • ¼ cup refined coconut oil***

Chocolate Ganache Layer

  • 1, 9 oz bag vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp refined coconut oil***
  • ¼-½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-2 candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, melt peppermint marshmallows with refined coconut oil stirring continuously with a rubber spatula. Once melted add crispy rice cereal. Firmly press into an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  • Place vegan chocolate and refined coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and stir, repeating until the chocolate is melted. Add the peppermint extract and pour over top of peppermint crispy treat base.
  • Quickly top with crushed candy canes.
  • Place in the refridgerator for 1 hour to firm, carefully cut into bars, and serve after sitting out for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Start with 2 1/2 cups and add another 1/2 cup if you want less marshmallow-y treats.
**Or 1, 10 oz bag of Dandie’s mini vanilla marshmallows and 1/4-1/2 tsp of peppermint extract.
***Use refined coconut oil to eliminate any coconut flavor in your crispy rice treats. 
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Walnut Fudge with Walnut Caramel

This vegan walnut fudge topped with walnut caramel is just the dessert you should make for the upcoming holidays. The fudge is thick, chocolate-y, and perfectly chewy. And my vegan walnut caramel takes this (or any) dessert from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Walnut Fudge

This fudge is so simple there’s not much to talk about. Unless of course you want to know just how delicious it is. In that case, there’s plenty to discuss. Don’t let the fact that it’s only 5 ingredients fool you. This perfect holiday dessert packs a powerful punch. It’s sweet, chocolate-y, and chewy. With a slight crunch from walnuts to boot. Made in less 30 minutes, all you’ll need is a food processor and a loaf pan to prepare this ultimate holiday dessert. Make it ahead of time so you can spend your holiday doing what’s really important-hanging out with family and friends.

To make this incredibly easy dessert all you’ll need is: two firmly packed cups of soft, pitted medjool dates, 1/2 cup of walnut butter (for tips on making you own check out this post), some warm water, and a splash of vanilla extract.

Start by pulsing the dates in your food processor until a sticky ball forms. You want a pretty smooth date paste and once you have that, separate the ball so that it’s evenly distributed in the bowl of the processor. Then add the walnut butter, 1/2 cup warm water, and a splash of vanilla extract. Process until everything is incorporated. Continue adding warm water until the fudge is

At this point you can add walnut pieces and pulse to combine. Press the thick, sticky fudge into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350*F for 15-20 minutes until the edges of the fudge are just crispy. Allow the fudge to cool in the pan. The longer this fudge sits the firmer it will get. When you’re ready to serve, top it with walnut caramel, vegan ice cream, or whipped coconut cream. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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Caramel Sauce

As if the fudge isn’t dreamy enough, I’m giving you the ultimate walnut caramel sauce to top it off with. This sauce is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and naturally sweetened with dates. It requires only 4 ingredients and can be made in a food processor in about 5 minutes.

Use it not only to top off this fudge, but any other holiday dessert you wish. Try it on cheesecake, over brownies, or sandwiched between cookies. It’s also pretty amazing right off a spoon too.

Walnut Date Caramel

This 4-ingredient walnut caramel will take your holiday desserts from ordinary to extraordinary. Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and oil-free. All you need is a strong food processor and 10 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Processing Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dips and Sauces
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: 4-ingredients, caramel, date, dates, dessert, easy, food processor, gluten-free, medjool dates, naturally-sweetened, oil-free, quick, refined-sugar free, sauce, simple, topping, vegan, vegan topping, walnut butter
Servings: 1 cups
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 6 pitted medjool dates
  • ¼ cup walnut butter
  • ⅓-½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Place fresh, pitted dates to food processor and process until a sticky ball forms. Break apart ball and evenly distribute in the bowl of the food processor.
  • Add walnut butter, vanilla and ⅓ cup warm water. Process until smooth. Add more warm water as needed to thin the caramel.
  • Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Let me know if you make this super simple dessert for your next holiday get-together. I promise, you guests won’t know they’re being served a vegan dessert (unless you tell them).

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Walnuts- Omega 3s, thaimine, B6, folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, Vitamin E, polyphenols

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Walnut Fudge

This vegan walnut fudge is just the dessert you should make for the upcoming holidays. Thick, chocolate-y, and perfectly chewy, you won't believe it's made from only 5 wholesome ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: 5-ingredients, brownies, chocolate, cocao, dates, dessert, easy, food processor, gluten-free, quick, simple, vegan, walnut butter, walnuts
Servings: 8 pieces
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted, tightly packed dates*
  • ½ cup walnut butter
  • cup cocao powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Add moist, sticky dates to the food processor and process until a ball forms. Break the ball apart and spread it evenly around the bowl of the food processor.
  • Add walnut butter, cocoa powder, and melted coconut oil and pulse until incorporated. The mixture will be very sticky and thick.
  • Add chopped walnuts and pulse to incorporate.
  • Dump fudge into prepared loaf pan. Press more chopped walnuts into the top of the fudge if dessired.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly crunchy around the edges. Allow to cool in the loaf pan. The longer it sits the firmer it will become. Cut into 8-10 pieces and serve with walnut caramel sauce, vegan ice cream, or whipped coconut cream.
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