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Christmas chocolate truffles

Healthy Christmas truffles recipe

Great tasting and less calories

If you know someone who loves Ferrero Rocher chocolates, why not make them a healthy homemade version as an indulgent treat?

If you want to make extra special truffles, you can tweak the recipe below and make a truffle bauble. You just need to roll the mixture into one ball instead of several, add some gold thread and place in an attractive presentation box.

Alternatively, you could have a go at making your own truffle robin by rolling a large ball for the body and a medium ball for the head, putting them together using a couple of cocktail sticks. You can easily make the eyes, beak and red breast from sugar paste icing in just a couple of minutes.

 Ingredients

Method

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 160˚C and soak the dates in warm water for five mins.

Step 2
Place the hazelnuts on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Finely chop them in a food processor before measuring out 55g and setting them aside.

Step 3
Add the dates, 2 tsp of cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the remaining hazelnuts and blend well. Roll into Ferrero Rocher sized balls and put in the fridge to chill.

Step 4
To make the coating, mix the remaining cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut oil together.

Step 5
Take the balls out of the fridge and roll in the coating until completely covered. Place on a plate and sprinkle over the hazelnuts you kept to one side. Place back in the fridge to harden. Enjoy!

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