Oat Free Hazelnut Cacao Truffles

February 24, 2017


Author Notes: Two bites requiring only moments of prep-time for a dozen and a half perfect little balls of bliss, these truffles scream rich, chocolatey indulgence without any added gluten, refined sugar, or a big budget pinch. Utilizing bulk-accessible ingredients, like raw hazelnuts, cashews, coconut, hemp seeds, and naturally sweetening medjool dates, each ball is packed to the brim with plant based fiber, protein, and chocolate – nourishing without feeling even moderately righteous. Touted as a dessert, but truthfully, nutritive enough to sneak into your breakfast, snack time, or workout routines, yesterday I had six.Alexandra Dawson

Makes: 18

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons raw hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 15 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs

Directions

  1. In a food processor fitted with an S-blade, whiz hazelnuts, cashews, cacao powder, coconut, and hemp until they’re a flour-like consistency. Add filtered water and dates, then continue blending until ingredients form a dough. Pulse in cacao nibs, until just incorporated, then remove dough from food processor.
  2. Divide dough into 18 even pieces, then using your hands, roll each piece into a ball. (Optional: roll into each ball into a favorite topping like cacao powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or matcha). Refrigerate in airtight tupperware for up to one week, or in freezer for up to one month.

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