Let's face it, who doesn't like a quick, healthy and more delicious version of Nutella - minus the additives and preservatives?
Yield: 10 good sized balls - about a tablespoon serving
Time: 5 mins active time + 1 hour to firm up in the fridge
- 1/3 cup of hazelnuts (no skins)
- 1 Tbsp of raw cacoa nibs
- 6 medjool dates (these are the plump and meaty ones)
- 1 Tbsp of raw cacoa powder
- 1.5 tsp of maca powder
- 1 Tbsp of maple syrup
First put the hazelnuts into a food processor (this is the one I own here) and chop until they are fine - you want them to be finely chopped but not a flour consistency. Then add the cacoa nibs and give the food processor a few pulses, the nibs will still be in little chunks which give these truffles a great crunchiness to them.
Now add the dates, cacoa powder, maca powder and maple syrup and blend until the dates are broken down and the mixture has combined. Start spooning out about a tablespoons worth of the mixture and rolling them into balls. I find that because this mixture is sticky if you run your hands under water the rolling is much easier and you get less wastage.
Once you've finished rolling the truffles, pop them into the fridge for an hour to firm. When they come out you can eat them as they are or roll them in coconut, cacoa or how about edible glitter? These make a lovely little gift too if you box them up with a little ribbon.
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