CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLES

These are just, oh so lush! The hazelnut pairs so nicely with chocolate, it is my favourite chocolate nut blend. The combination of the cocoa, hazelnut flour and coconut oil make these so light yet so fudgy. I have used minimal sweetener making them a healthy treat. Be warned, it is very tempting to have more than one so restrain will be needed!

Ingredients Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

1 1/2 cups organic hazelnuts, try to get activated nuts so that the phytic acid is removed. For more information on phytic acid see here.

1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder, extra for dusting

1/2 tsp himalayan salt

1 tsp organic vanilla bean powder. You can use vanilla essence of you don’t have the powder, get a brand that does not have added sugar.

3 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil

2 tbsp dark organic maple syrup. I often just use 1 tbsp, I find the coconut oil adds sweetness and a good quality cacao powder adds a rich flavour.

Method

1) Blend the hazelnuts until they are light and fluffy. Put into a small mixing bowl.

2) Mix in the vanilla, salt and cacao.

3) Add the maple syrup and coconut oil, make sure the oil is runny. If it is a cold day you may have to melt it yourself. The oil will become liquid at 24 °C
4) Once all the ingredients are mixed well, place the bowl into the fridge for 15-20 minutes, this will make it easier to roll into balls. No longer though, otherwise the mixture will become too hard.
5) Simply roll the mixture into balls, rolling each individual one in some cacao powder (this is optional). I make them around the size of half a level tablespoon. These are quite decadent so it’s best not to make them too big, bite size portions are a good size. Store in the fridge for as long as you can before serving. Because these have coconut oil, if it is a warm day they will become soft.

 

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  1. January 19, 2015

    […] I have a few of these type of recipes because they are so easy to prepare. They make the perfect snack, or dessert if you add more sweetener. Others like this are my Tahini balls, Chocolate Coconut Balls and the decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles. […]

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