Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles (A Healthy Ferrero Rocher)

There is a great deal of pressure for people around Valentine’s Day and it drives me nuts!  Although this is the time of year that my husband and I had an accidental first date and fell in love, it was not because of some holiday that the card companies made up. So instead of naming these here balls something clever that rhymes with Valentines, how about we call them like we see them: Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles or A Healthy Ferrero Rocher.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle (Healthy Ferrero Rocher)

As I spent the day on Monday making these as thank you gifts to those who helped me out, I was DYING to eat them. Only one problem: chocolate and breast-feeding an infant does not always mix. I’ve had to cut it out to have a less gassy and less refluxing baby, allowing me to get more sleep. Yup, that’s right. I cut chocolate out. Very hard to do I may add, but worth it if it means I get more sleep!

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle (Healthy Ferrero Rocher)

So I realized something the other day. Men, or boys, have a thing about their penis’ from the beginning of their lives people! My son was playing in his toy room and came out with a large pole. As he was holding it where his privates are, he looked up at me than looked back down at the placement of the pole, than back up at me and declared “Mom! My penis is GIGANTIC!”.

Ummm, hello? It took every once of me not to burst out laughing. An who taught him that?!?!? NO ONE!!! HE WAS JUST GOING ON INSTINCT!

But I held it together (ish) telling him that was not an appropriate thing to say and to put the pole down. Then I repeated it awkwardly several times “Put the pole down, put the pole down, put the pole down…” Oh Jeez, Fraud would have been proud of this moment. And God give me strength for the teenage years…

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle (Healthy Ferrero Rocher)

And on that note! These Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles (or A Healthy Ferrero Rocher) are packed full of vitamin and mineral rich nuts and seeds, coconut oil to help your body absorb that goodness and chia seeds to boost your energy. These take effort to make but are worth the guiltless pleasure they bring to ones mouth and body. Enjoy them anytime of year, not just as a Valentine’s Day chocolate.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle (A Healthy Ferrero Rocher)
 
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in water for 10mins
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • ¼ cup raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 4-6 tbsp non-dairy milk or water
  • 36 raw hazelnuts (good-looking ones)
  • ¾ cup raw hazelnuts chopped + ¼ cup for topper
  • 6oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar + 1 tbsp for topper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor with the 'S' blade, combine almonds, walnuts, pecans & pumpkin seeds until a meal consistency. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add cocoa powder, sea salt & chia seeds. Mix until combined.
  3. Next, place soaked dates into food processor and blend until a paste. Add the dates and the non dairy milk to the meal blend and mix well.
  4. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Take the whole hazelnuts and begin to cover each one with approximately a tablespoon of chocolate mix, rolling until about a 1" sized ball. Set aside on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining whole hazelnuts until chocolate mixture is gone. About 36 balls.
  6. Now you are going to coat your balls and you will need to move quickly so lets set up the candy making station. Place ¾ of a cup of chopped hazelnuts in a bowl, next an empty bowl to put chocolate coating mixture into and the third bowl will have ¼ cup of chopped hazelnuts mixed with 1 tbsp of coconut sugar (topping).
  7. In a small saucepan on low heat, melt the unsweetened chocolate, coconut oil and 4 tbsp of coconut sugar. Keep an eye on the pot, stirring regularly. Once melted remove from heat and place half of the mixture in the bowl that is between the chopped nuts and the topping. Place hot-pot of chocolate on a trivet to protect your countertop in front of the chopped nuts.
  8. Your order should look like this: melted chocolate, chopped nuts, melted chocolate, topping.
  9. Moving quickly, using two forks, roll one ball at a time in the melted chocolate mixture, then roll in chopped hazelnuts, then in the second bowl of melted chocolate mixture and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with topping while still wet. Repeat until all balls are done.
  10. Place in freezer until all balls cooled then transfer to an air tight container and store in fridge. Remove from fridge when ready to serve.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle (Healthy Ferrero Rocher)

 

Omega filled Pumpkin Spiced Granola

Odd the ways we find to connect with our love ones.

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While back in Ontario for the Christmas holidays, I was helping my mother with a bit of organizing of my Grandmother’s house. I, of course wanted to rummage through the kitchen to see if I could find some wicked vintage props for this here blog of mine. I was able to find some real gems! Very excited!

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But I got really excited when we stumbled upon her cookbook, appropriately named “My Olde Cook Book”. Within this book, there are various women’s hand writing. Women to whom I am related to – my great-grandmother, my grandmother and even my mother’s hand writing as a child. I never thought that something as simple as someone’s written word and seeing the actual ink on paper – would make me feel so connected to them. We live in such a digital, printed text world now a days that you forget what handwriting can look like. Thinking back to my Grandmother’s cooking, she only had a few memorable dishes – potato salad, chocolate fudge, glazed carrots, and hamburgers. None of which make an appearance in this book, I’ll have you know. This book is full of baked goods and canning recipes (like this relish). But something about seeing her handwriting made me feel like I was with her again. Her sidebar comments about ingredients to change, or what recipes were ‘REAL GOOD’ all made me smile. I genuinely felt like I connected with her and my ancestors. This was a first for me.

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This granola reminds me of holiday dinners, Sunday night feast with Grandma or middle of winter comfort food. This would work well as a perfect topper for an apple crisp – oh, there’s a thought! The chia seeds and flax seeds add lots of omega so don’t leave them out! Pair it with yogurt or a milk of your choice with a few berries and you have a great start to your morning. Or, if you are like me, you will eat it as a snack in the middle of the day!

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Omega filled Pumpkin Spiced Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups gluten-free oatmeal
  • ⅔ cup brown rice puffs (I used Nature's Path)
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp whole flax seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, brown rice puffs, and pumpkin seeds. Spread evenly onto lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10mins, stirring half way through.
  3. While that is toasting, combine coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil and mix well. Then add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Once you remove the toasted oat mixture from the oven, add it back into the bowl with the remaining mixed ingredients. Stir until well combined.
  5. Spred the mixture back onto the lined cookie sheet evenly and bake for another 15mins - stirring half way through.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly before placing in a glass container for storage.