In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, coffee powder, egg replacer and salt.
Make a well in the middle and add all the liquid ingredients like the almond oil, marsala, brandy and aquafaba.
Mix everything until it becomes a smooth dough. Dough should be similar to pasta dough - firm but with some give. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest for 2 hrs.
It is a bit tedious to roll it into a large sheet so I roll it the same way I roll out chapatis. Divide the dough into 11 equal parts. Cover the plate with a damp cloth while you’re rolling each ball to make sure they don’t dry up.
Oil the cannoli forms with almond oil and have them ready.
Flatten dough ball with your hand on a floured surface.
Roll it out to a very thin sheet (1/16 inch).
Cut them into circles using a round cookie cutter (a bowl and knife also works). I used a 4 1/2 inch cookie cutter.
Save the scraps to roll the 12th circle. Depending on how thin you roll them, you might get enough scraps to roll out more than one.
Place the oiled cannoli form in the middle of the sheet.
Use your fingers to wet the overlapping part with water.
Press on the edges to stick them together. Don’t wrap the sheet too tightly around the form because it might get hard to separate them when we’re done frying.
Repeat with all the sheets.
Heat the refined coconut oil in a medium pot with a heavy bottom. Ideally maintain the oil temperature around 375F - too cold and it gets oily; too hot it puffs up too fast.
Submerge the shells in the oil and fry for about 2 mins.
Make sure to remove the shells from the metal tubes before they cool down. Place them on a kitchen towel, then using 2 kitchen towels hold the tip of the metal tube with one hand and the shells (gently) with the other hand and slowly pull the shells off the tube.
Let them cool down on a wire rack before proceeding to dip them in melted chocolate. To melt the chocolate chips just microwave them for 20 to 30 sec and take it out and give it a good stir. Repeat this process of microwaving and stirring until all the chocolate chips have melted.
Dip the ends of the shells and let them dry on a wire rack. You can place them in the refrigerator too, if you want them to dry faster.
Cannoli shells can be made a week in advance. They can be kept at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen depending on how soon you plan to use it.