It is at this time of the year most people have forgotten their new years resolutions, are sick of the whole 'New Year New You' mantra and are ready to eat some chocolate.
Quite right too! In fact I condone eating chocolate in its various forms at all times of the year and avoid resolutions like the plague. Getting healthy is about the everyday decisions we make to value ourselves.
Getting healthy is about the everyday decisions we make and sure, certain times of the year my re-inspire us, our job is to add healthy things into our day, every day.
This should include eating enjoyable things like chocolate but as a holistic health coach I am not a massive fan of process sugar laden chocolates. They leave you tired, bloated and not feeling in any way healthy or awesome. That is why I love to create some speedy but delicious alternatives.
These truffles were born from my desire to try and make a healthier version of Nutella, but alas I failed miserably at that, and instead created these truffles which taste very much like the inside of a Ferrero Rocher.
So if you are wanting to really treat yourself, ditch the rubbish and make something that is going to truly nourish you like these delicious treats.
Full of protein, fats, and mineral like magnesium this is one decadent but delightful treat. And if you're new to the whole natural sweetener thing and want to know what all the fuss is about and how to actually get rid of refined sugar and use things like honey or coconut sugar then grab my free natural sweetener guide with recipes here.
• 200g hazelnuts*
• 3 medjool dates
• 80g organic butter
• 2 tbsp scoops coconut oil
• 3-4 tbsp organic cocoa powder
• pinch sea salt
• 1/8 tsp vanilla powder
• 1/2 tsp stevia**
For the coating:
• 3 tbsp organic cocoa powder
1 Place the hazelnuts, butter, coconut oil and dates in a food processor and blend until silky and shiny - roughly 10-15 minutes.
2 Then add the other ingredients and taste. Add more cocoa for a darker taste or more sweetener etc.
3 Place in fridge for about 30 min to allow to harden.
4 Remove and then take tsp scoop out and shape into a small (or large!!) ball and roll in cocoa and place on some grease proof paper.
5 Then place in freezer.
Serve straight from freezer for a harder texture or from the fridge for a much softer doughy texture. I like BOTH!!
* I soak and then dehydrate my hazelnuts first. So I soak them for about 8 hours in salted water then drain and leave to dry out in the oven at about 100c for 12 hours. This makes them more digestible but also enriches the flavour.
**If you don't have stevia use tbsp of raw honey or any other natural sweetener of choice and just taste until it is at you desired sweetness.
Feel free to use any other type of nut - hazelnut give it the unique Ferrero Rocher flavour but any nut would be super tasty!
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