Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Truffles
After making my first jug of homemade almond milk at the beginning of last week, this weekend I made hazelnut milk. It was so creamy, and deliciously nutty, and tasted so much purer than all the shop bought versions. Homemade nut milk doesn't last as long in the fridge, but I think most people love it so much that they use it all pretty quickly anyway! It couldn't be simpler to make, and is so worth the effort. I made these truffles when I was trying to think of something to do with the left over ground nuts from making the milk, but you could use fresh nuts instead.
I think people are almost a bit dubious of raw chocolatey treats, thinking that they will never match up to the real thing, and for a few people maybe they never will, but I am a total convert. I much prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate so I love the rich taste the raw cacao gives these truffles. They are so smooth, and the texture is somewhere between a chocolate truffle and a gooey brownie.
Hazelnuts are super rich in flavonoids which are good for your brain and your circulation, plus they are high in healthy fats and vitamin E which will give you glowing skin, glossy hair and strong nails.
Cacao actually raises seratonin levels and stimulates the release of endorphins so it really is a mood booster - the beauty of raw cacao is that you get all the benefits without the horrible guilt and sugar low that follows eating far too much processed chocolate!
1 cup of ground hazelnuts
1 cup of pitted dates
2 tbsp raw cacao
1 tsp coconut oil
Raw cacao (to decorate)
Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until completely smoothy and sticky. Roll into balls and roll in cacao powder. Keep in the fridge until serving.