Raw Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Makes about 30 truffles
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place hazelnuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes until slightly darker in color.
Remove from oven, and place the hazelnuts in a kitchen towel. Rub hazelnuts in the towel to remove loose skins. (A lot of the skins may not be loose — leave those, they will be blended up anyways!)
Add hazelnuts to the blender and pulse 5 times.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
Blend on low speed, taking off lid and scraping down the sides every 30 seconds or so to ensure an even blend. Continue to blend until a textured dough forms (see pictures below)
Scrape the mixture into a bowl or onto parchment or wax paper. Using a 1/2 Tbsp. measuring spoon, measure out 1/2 Tbsp. sized balls of the mixture.
Roll the mixture between hands gently to form a ball (mixture will seem oily!)
Continue to roll dough balls until the mixture has all been formed into balls.
Roll balls in coconut flour, toasted nuts, toasted coconut or cocoa powder to coat (I used 1/4 c. coconut flour for half and 1/4 c. cocoa powder for half)
Cool 1 hour in the fridge, then move to an airtight container. Store in fridge or freezer. You can eat straight form the fridge or freezer, or you can let them sit at room temperature 30 minutes or so before serving.
1 c. hazelnuts
2/3 c. cocoa powder
14 pitted dates
2 Tbsp. coconut butter (or coconut oil)
2 Tbsp. maple syrup (can sub honey or full-fat coconut milk)
2 Tbsp. almond or cashew butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Coconut flour, cocoa powder, toasted shredded coconut, or more chopped toasted hazelnuts (for rolling the truffles)
High power blender or food processor, such as Vitamix
20 minute active cook time
10 minute inactive cook time
Vegan, paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free
Anyone else crave sweet treats all the time? Just me? I love having healthier sweets on hand to satisfy my enormous sweet tooth. These always do the trick! They taste like creamy, chocolatey truffles but use NO refined sugar or dairy! If you’re being extra strict about sugar, you can sweeten them using only dates. If you’re eating natural sweeteners, you can boost the sweetness with some maple syrup or honey along with the dates. They’re great either way. Plus, they’re full of healthy fats, so they double as a great midday pick-me-up snack. If you do not have hazelnuts in your pantry and are needing chocolate ASAP (we’ve all been there), you can use almonds or cashews in place of hazelnuts.