Making, and gifting candy at the holidays is a tradition that’s as old as time. These Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are going to make their way into your new traditions.
They’re a healthier version of the classic chocolate truffle, but we don’t have to tell anyone that. It can be our little secret.
First off, these Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles are so simple to make. You won’t believe how easy they are, even if you’re not the greatest cook.
Second, they taste so good that no one will ever know, or care, that they’re better for you. There’s no refined sugar, no dairy, and this truffle recipe is vegan and paleo, too.
The secret ingredient? Dates. YUP. Combining dates and a few other clever changes takes these candies from oh I shouldn’t to oh yes I can!
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles Recipe
- ½ c. raw hazelnuts
- 12 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 T. cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 2 T. coconut flour
- 1 T. coconut oil, melted
- 1½ T. pure maple syrup
- 1 t. pure vanilla extract
- ¼ t. coarse salt
- ¼ c. hazelnuts or almonds, ground
- ¼ c. coconut flakes, finely shredded
- 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder + ¼ t. each cayenne pepper and coarse salt
- Reconstitute pitted dates in a small bowl filled with warm water. Set aside to soak for 10-15 minutes.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Pour each selected coating, if using, onto a separate shallow, rimmed plate and set aside.
- Add hazelnuts to a food processor and process until finely ground.
- Remove the softened dates from bowl and drain off any excess water. Add dates and cocoa powder to hazelnuts in the food processor and blend until smooth, approximately 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides, as necessary, to ensure mixture is thoroughly combined.
- Tip: Add a few drops of water at a time, if necessary, to achieve a smooth consistency, but don’t add too much.
- Add coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to the mixture and process until combined.
- Remove the dough from the food processor and divide into 15-18 equal-sized portions. Roll each section of dough into a ball.
- Roll your balls of date mixture into your selected coatings. The ones we suggested are just a starting point.
- Once coated, place on your prepared baking tray and place in the refrigerator to chill for several minutes before serving.
Isn’t that easy? Vary up your coatings, too. Use toasted coconut or mini chocolate chips. Or even graham cracker crumbs for something different. It’s such an easy and versatile candy recipe that you can feel good about.