Healthy New Years Eve Party Snacks

Happy New Year! Can you believe its 2010 already?

For the two New Years Eve parties that I attended last night I made a few goodies to take along (both of which are vegan and gluten-free)! Both are variations of recipes from my latest bookstore purchase, Eat Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton. These were the first two recipes I tried from her cookbook and I was not disappointed!

Spiced Mixed Nuts

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These nuts were wonderful and they made my apartment swell phenomenal as they were baking! They’re not overly salty and are just the right blend of sweet and spicy!

Spiced Mixed Nuts

vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, seed-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free

Ingredients

  • 4 cups raw, unsalted mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and peanuts)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 300*F. Combine nuts, sugar, and spices together in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Stir in soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and oil. Toss for 1-2 minutes stirring well. Spread nut mixture out onto baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes tossing once or twice until toasted. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve!

Dark Chocolate Truffles

gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, seed-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean & legume-free

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I was nervous about how these were going to turn out because I’ve never made truffles before, but they were a huge hit at the party, everyone absolutely LOVED them and could not believe they were vegan because they taste so rich and creamy!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup regular coconut milk
  • 2 cups dark chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 2-3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar

In small saucepan heat coconut milk until hot, but not boiling. In large glass bowl, pour milk over chocolate and mix with spatula until all chocolate is melted. Stir in almond extract, vanilla extract, and Kahlua. Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour. Spoon out about 1 Tbsp at a time of chocolate mixture and roll into balls. Coat each one in either powdered sugar or cocoa powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

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After the success of both of these recipes, I cannot wait to try more of Dreena’s recipes!

What’s your favorite New Years Eve party snack? I hope everyone made healthy choices while bringing in the new year!

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