Cacao and Hazelnut Truffolini

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It can be difficult to find a gluten and dairy free treat to have on the go. I find the dairy free part to be more difficult then the gluten free when on the high street. So, the trick for me is to always be prepared. Kinda like a boy scout. This recipe is from a blog I did years ago. I made these truffles while i was still in uni, to get some energy in between lectures, but they also came useful right after my gym sessions or just just before them. They have protein from nuts (also a source of healthy fats), coconut oil also providing healthy fat and a lovely energy source, dates to add sweetness and soft consistency, cinnamon to help blood sugar balance since dates are natural, delicious and full of fibre, but still quite high in natural sugars. Lastly, I added raw cacao to get an antioxidant boost and a lovely chocolatey flavour. It takes minutes to prepare, and you can either freeze them and use them when needed or pop them in the fridge for up to a week. Although they never last that long. PS: you can replace the nuts with 2 tbsp of your favourite nut butter (I would go with Hazelnut as it smells like Nutella..), but avoid the coconut oil otherwise the finished product will be too greasy.

What You'll Need

  • 5 Medjool dates (soaked in warm water for 5 minutes)
  • 75g Hazelnuts
  • a handful of almonds
  • 3 or 4 walnuts
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon (plus more to roll the truffolini in)

What You'll Do

  • Place the nuts in your food processor and whiz them, till they become fine but are still retaining some texture.
  • Add your coconut oil, cacao and cinnamon and whiz again to mix everything in and slowly add your dates.
  • Once all the ingredients are nicely blended (about a minute) you can open the food processor and start forming little balls of deliciousness between the palms of your hands, sprinkle some cinnamon on a plate and roll the truffolini in it.
  • Place them on a tray and pop them in the refrigerator for at least half hour before eating them. If you can actually manage to wait that long.
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