Raw Hazelnut Truffles Recipe with Raw Cacao Ganache
Sometimes you need a little bite of sweet. It doesn’t hurt if it is a cute bite, either! These raw hazelnut truffles are topped with a delicious chocolate ganache and just a hint of flaked salt. Delicious! You are going to want to add this to your Raw Truffles Recipes collection!
I was recently interviewed for Costco’s Connections Magazine. It was a fun interview with an interviewer that really cared about what she was writing about. The article is about raw desserts and the best question she asked me was, “What are the benefits of raw desserts?”.
If you know me, you know I am not the person that is going to say, well, it’s raw so you can eat them for breakfast! Or, it’s raw so of course it’s healthy and I don’t have to worry about how much I eat. I won’t write that because I don’t believe that. And I believe that it is those misconceptions that can get people who are incorporating raw food into their diets into trouble. Desserts are still desserts. But raw desserts are different.
These are calorie dense. They are treats, not meals. But here is the difference between these and the chocolate truffles that you pick up at your local chocolate shop. These actually have a laundry list of nutrients!
The Nutrient Hit List
- Hazelnuts are a great source of fiber.
- Once ounce of hazelnuts provides four grams of protein
- Hazelnuts are full of flavonoids which may support brain health and improve circulation.
- Hazelnuts are also a good source of oleic acid which can help lower bad cholesterol
- Add to that potassium, calcium and magnesium.
These treats will give you nutritional benefits that processed sweets just don’t have. It’s all about the nutrient dense calorie.
Which, by the way, was my answer to the question asked by the Costco writer. Raw desserts provide nutrients where processed desserts just provide calories, and processed ingredients that can be harmful to your body.
So, enjoy these little cutie pies. Just remember, they are treats.
- 1 cup coconut butter, softened
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
- pinch Himalayan salt
- Whisk together coconut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon
- Stir in hazelnuts and salt. Roll into balls and chill.
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- Flaked salt for top (You can find my favorite here: Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, 8.5 ounce Box)
- In separate bowl, whisk together cacao powder, maple syrup and coconut oil.
- Dip balls in ganache, sprinkle with flaked salt.
*Maple syrup is not raw. Please see FAQ page.
James wrote on February 18, 2015
Very impressive & so adorable. Calorie dense, yes, but chock full of health. As long as you can keep your calories at bay, and be mindful of what’s going in and out of your body, there’s no reason to feel any guilt eating these.
Jo wrote on February 13, 2015
I regularly make Susan’s recipes. She has the best raw food website I’ve ever seen.
These balls were too sweet for me. I added oat flakes to the mix to try to salvage it. Then I rolled some of the balls in raw cacao powder and some in coconut flakes. I skipped the sweet ganache. The recipe is so easy you could always try making 1/4 of it to see if it works for you as is.
Anna wrote on February 11, 2015
This looks incredible <3
Teffy @ Teffy's Perks wrote on February 10, 2015
It’s so true how raw treats are still that, treats. No matter how nutritious they are, it still doesn’t give us a green light to stuff our faces! That was definitely something I overlooked in the beginning, and then realised that if I had 10 truffles in one go, no matter how healthy they were, I’d still feel really full and heavy afterwards!
Gemma wrote on February 6, 2015
These truffles are so beautiful! I love that shiny and rich ganache. Yummy! 🙂