I first posted this photo on Instagram a while back and it was one of the first festive recipes that I created. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to finally get the recipe up on here, but I promise you, it’s very much worth the wait! I don’t think I could let Christmas pass by without sharing an indulgent, rich chocolate truffle recipe with you. I mean, truffles are just the perfect holiday snack to share with family and friends after dinner! I remember my brother and I pretty much used to demolish the entire contents of the chocolate sharing boxes.. oh and biscuits! I used to love a good ol’ chocolate biscuit!
These might be made with slightly more nutritious ingredients, but would still be something that I would save for a special treat.. and what better occasion than on Christmas day? They’re pretty much the perfect thing to fill my sweet cravings: there’s chocolate, dates and then an amazing hint of nutty flavour from the hazelnuts! It actually still amazes me, how such a decadent and caramel like flavour can come from fruits and that you can create the most incredible and indulgent desserts with natural and wholesome ingredients! I know that obviously this doesn’t mean that because they’re all natural that you can eat hundreds of them.. balance and portion control are important with everything. However, It’s nice to know that you can perhaps add some extra nutritional value and a portion of fruits to a sweet treat! Saying that, I do need to ration myself when it comes to dates, as I think I could probably demolish an entire bag smothered in almond butter within a matter of minutes! In case you haven’t tried this yet.. dates and nut butter are AMAZING! That’s basically what these truffles taste like.. but with a rich cacao flavour added in there too.. so pretty much even better!
These would be a nice thing to take to a dinner party or maybe even give to someone as a home made Christmas gift. Pretty much everyone receives some sort of chocolate or sweets as gifts during the festive season, so why not do something a little different and make your gift instead! But it might be a bit of challenge to give them away without being able to eat any yourself.. so you might just have to make yourself an extra batch, or hope that the person you’re making them for will share some with you! I don’t think that I would ever be able to make any form of foodie gifts and trust that they would actually make it to the person, as if I left them lying around the house for more than an hour I’m pretty sure that my boyfriend would eat the whole lot of them!
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup dates
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Optional decoration: Crushed hazelnuts
- Place the hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse for a few seconds to break them into smaller pieces.
- Next, add in the remaining ingredients and blend until everything is well combined and forms a sticky mixture. Roll this into balls and roll each ball in the crushed hazelnuts. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.