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Healthy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Balls in a small grey bowl

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.