Somethings in life are better in pairs; peanut butter and banana, apples and almond butter and chocolate with well just about everything! My all time favorite ingredient pairing is the classic combination of chocolate and hazelnuts. Unsurprisingly so Ferrero Rocher have always been one of my favorite sweets. I love just about everything about them from their crispy nutty exterior that gives way to an oh so gooey and fudgy Nutella like chocolate interior studded with a large sweet hazelnut. This homemade version is so easy to make and even easier to devour as well as being vegan, paleo, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free; what’s not to love! As if they couldn’t get any better they take just minutes to make and a handful of ingredients.
Hazelnuts are a rich source of heart protecting fats most notably monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as well as olec acids which have been shown to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol while at the same time raising levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. In addition hazelnuts are a great source of the lipid soluble vitamin E which plays an integral role in keeping our hair, skin and nails healthy and strong as well as maintaining a strong immune system.
- ½ cup hazelnut butter
- ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
- 3 -4 tbsp cacao powder (depending on how chocolaty you want your truffles to be)
- 16 whole hazelnuts
- ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
- In a large bowl mix the hazelnut butter, honey or maple syrup and cacao powder.
- Divide your mixture onto little balls, one heaped teaspoon per ball and place on baking parchment. (don't worry if they look like blobs!)
- Place you little blobs in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to allow them to firm up.
- Remove from the fridge and one by one roll the blobs into balls.
- Press a hazelnut into the center of each ball and roll again.
- Scatter your chopped hazelnuts on a chopping board or plate and roll the balls until they are liberally coated in chopped hazelnuts.
- Place in the fridge again for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the fridge a few minutes before serving.