‘Fererro Rocher’ Chocolate Truffles

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This recipe was a happy accident.  I was trying to make a healthy nutella recipe (I’ve overindulged in a whole jar before) but it was too thick when I tried to spread it on toast….

If you have a baking fail you can mould almost any healthy ‘dough’ into balls or brownies and with a bit of luck stumble across something even better than what you’d originally planned.  To make these truffles I adapted the original recipe slightly by adding a few more healthy ingredients and wahey! Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Truffles!! If you served these to anyone they’d never guess just how good they are for you.

Dates are a delicious fruit that contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. Some health specialists have said that eating one per day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.  This recipe also uses date syrup as a natural sweetener as it contains many of the health benefits of dates.  If you don’t have date syrup any other natural sweetener such as honey or agave will do.

Hazelnuts are very high in energy and they’re also a great source of vitamin E.

Bee pollen is the food of a young bee.  It is approximately 40% protein and contains nearly all nutrients required by humans.

The prices for the ingredients below are from Tesco and Amazon.  They can be used as a rough guide so you can see how much things will cost which will give you an awareness of where to shop for the cheapest products.

Ingredients:
2 cups of hazelnuts (two packs of 200g £4.60)
12 dates (two packs of 200g £4.00)
1/2 cup cacao butter (240g £7.59)
3 tbsp cacao powder (500g £10.49)
1 tbsp date syrup (350g £2.70)

Decoration (optional):
Roasted chopped hazelnuts (100g £2.00)
Pee Pollen (110g £5.59)

Method:
Pre heat the oven to 150 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.  Place the nuts on the baking paper and toast them in the oven for 20minutes.  Nuts burn really easily so keep an eye on them.

Once they are golden brown and the skin has started to crack, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly.  While they are cooling melt the cacao butter on a low heat then take the pan off the heat while you see to the hazelnuts.  Once they are cooled you can rub them between two pieces of kitchen towel or just rub them between your hands until there skin comes off.  Don’t worry if there are little bits of shell still left on them it won’t make much difference.  Place the hazelnuts in the blender and blend until the oils have started to realise and they are smooth like a nut butter.  Add the cacao powder and blend again until even.  Add the melted cacao butter and date syrup and blend again.  Finally pit your dates and add them to the food processor one at a time.  As always check every few dates whether you are happy that they are sticky enough because dates vary massively.  Once all the ingredients are evenly incorporated you can start to make your balls.  There is a lot of healthy oil with this recipe which makes the balls really smooth and also helps the decorations stick so don’t worry about any additional liquid.  Roll a tbsp of the mixture into a ball and then roll over mixed bee pollen and chopped hazelnuts.  You can store these in the fridge for up to three months.

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