23 Jul “better than nutella” balls
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Cane Sugar Free.
These little treasures are made from raw hazelnuts and cacao… yum! If you are after a stronger hazelnut flavour, you can always pop the nuts in a dry frypan over a medium heat to toast them for a few minutes. Personally, I prefer them raw, because this keeps the B vitamins and healthy oils intact.
1 cup hazelnuts
2 heaped tbsp cacao powder, plus a little extra for dusting
15 dried dates
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2-3 tbsp honey (or coconut syrup)
Let’s do this!
First, blend the hazelnuts in your Optimum blender on a medium speed until they become a fine powder.
Then, add the rest of the ingredients and blend on a low speed, using the tamper to push the mixture down, until it becomes a fudgey consistency.
Take heaped dessertspoons of the mix and roll into balls. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until set (if you can wait that long!).
Dust lightly with a little extra cacao before serving.
Makes 12-14 truffles, each about 2.5cm in diameter.
Note: If you are using a food processor, just whizz everything on a high speed, and scrape the sides down occasionally.