Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls (Vegan & Refined Sugar-free)


These Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls (Hazelnut Truffles) are vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free. The perfect Christmas food gift or holiday treat!

vegan healthy homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls in a small grey dish

These Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls are a vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free Christmas treat!

With the holidays around the corner, all things chocolate and hazelnut are in high demand. And what is the ultimate treat when it comes to chocolate and hazelnuts?

Ferrero Rocher!

Ever since I was a kid these little truffles have always been my all-time favorite holiday treat. My parents’ piano students would always bring them as Christmas gifts and my sister and I would always make sure to snatch them before out parents repurpose them.

My challenge this Christmas was to recreate a Ferrero Rocher recipe using healthy, real food ingredients and make them taste as good as the original.

overhead shot of Healthy Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Truffles and toasted hazelnuts arranged on a table

Which ingredients are in these Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls?

There is no Nutella in these healthy Ferrero Rocher Balls. Sorry! But trust me you will not miss it! The intense hazelnut and chocolate flavor of these guilt-free chocolates comes for a combination of following healthy ingredients:

  • Nut Butter ( I recommend hazelnut butter)
  • Dates
  • Rolled Oats
  • Toasted Hazelnuts
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Espresso Powder
  • Vanilla
  • coconut cream or nut milk

How many calories does one Homemade Ferrero Rocher Ball have?

One of these little Ferrero Rocher Chocolates has 99 calories, so obviously, they are a treat! But hey, is that really better than store-bought Ferrero Rocher?

YES! SO MUCH BETTER! Store-bought Rocher chocolates are loaded with nasty ingredients, cheap fats and loads of sugar! Also they are are not vegan!

So if indulging in a sweet treat, I would rather have one that provides me with healthy fats, fiber-rich oats, and inflammation-reducing cocoa powder! Really, a no-brainer.

And one or two of these healthy Ferrero Rocher Balls with a mug of Maple Latte and a good read? Yep, that’s my perfect winter day.

side view of a bowl of vegan healthy Ferrero Rocher Balls in a grey dish

How to make healthy homemade Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Truffles:

The recipe, my friends, is a simple one! All you need is a copper or metal bowl for melting some chocolate and a food processor.

Start by chopping the oats in your food processor until very fine and almost powdery, then add all the other ingredients. Done! Take a tablespoon of batter and flatten it in your palm.

Take your whole toasted hazelnuts and put it in the middle, then roll the batter into a ball. Chill the homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls while you chop and melt your chocolate over a hot water bath.

Chop your hazelnuts coarsely in your food processor and stir them into the chocolate! Now, dip your healthy Ferrero Rocher Balls into the chocolate.

As they are cold, the chocolate will set rather quickly and you can enjoy your first homemade Ferrero Rocher Ball within minutes!

Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Truffles in a small dish with toasted hazelnuts

Tips for making this healthy Ferrero Rocher Balls recipe:

  • Use Vegan Chocolate Chips for the chocolate coating to keep the Ferrero Rocher Balls vegan.
  • As a nut butter, I like to use Pure Hazelnut Butter in this recipe. You can use sunflower seed butter or almond butter instead.
  • Once your chocolate is melted, stir in the hazelnuts and immediately start coating your chilled hazelnut truffles. If you wait too long, the chocolate will firm up too much.

side view of a bowl of healthy homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls

Guys, I know you will love these healthy homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls! They are easy to make and the definition of festivity!

I mean, indulging in our favorite chocolate hazelnut truffles this Christmas without any guilt whatsoever? What’s not to love about that?

For more healthy chocolate truffles for the holidays, make sure to check out my Vegan Coconut Bliss Balls and My Healthy Carrot Cake Truffles!

Did you make and love this homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls / Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles recipe? Give it your review below! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls in a small grey bowl
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Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls

These healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls are vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free. The perfect Christmas food gift or sweet treat for the holidays!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, European
Keyword hazelnut chocolate truffles, homemade Ferrero Rocher balls, homemade healthy chocolate truffles
Prep Time 19 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 22 pieces
Calories 99 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 60 g rolled oats gluten-free
  • 130 g dates soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
  • 50 g hazelnut butter or any nut butter, like almond or sunflower seed.
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 40 g finely ground hazelnuts for best flavor toasted as whole and then finely ground
  • 2 tbsp nut milk coconut milk, coconut cream, or hazelnut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For assembling:

  • 22 pieces whole toasted hazelnuts 25 g, skinned

Coating

  • 120 g dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 60 g whole toasted hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. Place the oats in the bowl of your food processor and process as finely as possible. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until a thick smooth mass forms.

  2. Dump the chocolate batter onto a plate or sheet of cling film and take the 22 whole toasted hazelnuts. 

  3. Take a tbsp of batter and flatten into circle. Place a hazelnut in the middle and shape the batter around it. Roll in your palms until you've got a round truffle. Place truffles on a freezer-fit plate lined with cling film and place in the freezer.

  4. Chop dark chocolate and melt in a hot water bath (water should not boil) together with the coconut oil. While the chocolate melts, place toasted hazelnuts in a food processor and chop coarsely. Stir chocolate until smooth, then add the hazelnuts and stir. 

  5. Now, working quickly, dip chilled truffles into the chocolate hazelnut mixture and roll around, making sure they are coated evenly.  Place on a plate to set.

  6. Store the homemade Ferrero Rocher balls in an airtight container at room temperature, or, if you prefer them chilled, in the fridge. 

Recipe Notes

To remove the skin off hazelnuts you need to roast them for a few minutes in the oven at 350°F, until the skin begins to crack. Then you can easily peel the skin off the nuts. Alternately, you can purchase blanched hazelnuts. 

 

  • Use Vegan Chocolate Chips for the chocolate coating to keep the Ferrero Rocher Balls vegan.
  • As a nut butter, I like to use Pure Hazelnut Butter in this recipe. You can use sunflower seed butter or almond butter instead.
  • Once your chocolate is melted, stir in the hazelnuts and immediately start coating your chilled hazelnut truffles. If you wait too long, the chocolate will firm up too much.
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15 Comments


  1. I love the store bought version of these so I can only imagine how tasty a homemade version is! What a lovely homemade foodie gift for the holidays too 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you posted this recipe! Now I don’t have to watch for the super deep discount sales after the holidays to stock up. I can just make it at home!


  3. I love these! And I love that you made them with good, healthier ingredients. They look beautiful and I’m sure taste divine!


  4. Ahhh when my daughter worked in China she told me Ferrero Rocher are the most popular gift during their holidays. She said she was going to turn into the sweets if she ate another! Hah. I’ll have to show her this keto version as the original is now off limits.


  5. You have me at Ferrero Rocher and this sounds so delicious. I love anything with hazelnuts. Saving this for later.


  6. I would love to try this healthier version of this homemade classic candy as I’ve given up refined sugar! These look absolutely heavenly and would definitely satisfy my sweet tooth in a good way! 🙂


  7. What?? I grew up eating this candies and now i can make them at home! Woohoo!!


  8. This looks so delicious! I love that they are refined sugar free and vegan too. I’m going to have give these a try real soon.


  9. Oooh my goodness! I need to make these ASAP! 😀 I love this idea…brilliant twist. These won’t last a minute around me ;D


  10. These hOmemade chocolates looks so good and yummm.I will surely make this for my lil one!


  11. I’m loving that these balls are vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free! And I’m loving the espresso!! These seem like the perfect sweet treat! Can’t wait to try them!


  12. These look amazing – chocolate and hazelnut are always one of my favorite combinations, and the texture of these looks perfect!

  13. These are perfect for New Years! I love those little candies and I can’t believe there is a way you can make them at home.

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