Well, these deliciously rich, hazelnut, chocolate truffles are most definitely vegan. They are also low sugar and full of antioxidants and vitamin E.
The chocolate is key. Luckily there are many good quality, dark chocolate brands that do not contain milk or animal products and have a high percentage of cacao and cocoa butter. Always check the ingredients.
Vegan chocolate hazelnut truffles
(Makes about 12 truffles).
- 8 oz. dark chocolate (72% cacao or higher).
- 1 small ripe avocado
- 2 teaspoons of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of finely chopped, toasted hazelnuts.
- Heat the oven to 325 degrees and place the chopped hazelnuts on a baking tray. Toast for about 5 minutes, until slightly golden and then allow to cool. Then pour the nuts onto a dinner plate.
- Scoop out the avocado into a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Stir in the honey and vanilla.
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a separate bowl. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water.
- Once the chocolate has melted, stir it into the mashed avocado. It will thicken very quickly.
- Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes in the fridge. Then using a teaspoon, scoop out the mixture and roll lightly in the palm of your hand to make a ball.
- Roll the ball in the hazel nuts to coat evenly then place on a tray covered with parchment paper.
- Once all the truffles are made, place them in the fridge and store until ready to eat. They can also be frozen. Enjoy!