Hazelnut truffles (vegan & paleo-friendly)

Hazelnut truffles (vegan & paleo-friendly)

There is needing chocolate, and then there is needing chocolate. Will eat everything in my path until chocolate eventually makes it into my mouth kind of need. Not a Hershey’s bar, but real dark & decadent chocolate. You know what I mean. So, naturally I headed to the kitch to try and work something out. But…hazelnuttrufflebowl… I can never turn down a challenge. So when D challenged me to help him cut back on our (already pretty darn low) sugar intake by cutting out all added sweeteners, I resisted saying that it would be too hard to create dessert recipes. But then my brain started firing. Dates, since they are a fruit, are allowed. Whew.

When we first met I had been doing a no sugar challenge for 6 weeks that initially started as a friendly competition with some of my students. He is also one for a challenge so he jumped in head first. Do we never eat a Christmas cookie? Hell no! We are human. But we do not buy products with unnecessary sugars in them and avoid any refined sugar products on a regular basis.  But lately, we have been kind of lazy about it and we both started to not feel so awesome.

Is sugar the devil in disguise? Maybe, but I’m gonna go with probably not. Yup, like 99.9% sure not. I cannot claim to know such things for sure, but what I do know is that I feel so much better than when my body is not taking off and crashing. I have way more energy than  when my former sugar-addict self would think nothing of wolfing down a half a box of cookies, my belly is flatter (yay), and I find myself looking outside of food related activities for social gatherings. Hikes and biking with friends? Heck yeah! hazelnuttruffleupcloseSo that is where these amazing hazelnut truffles come in. I used unsweetened chocolate, but my sweet tooth is already toned down quite a bit. If you’re sweet tooth is still pretty strong, I would opt for a dark chocolate bar, ranging somewhere between 70-85% cacao. hazelnuttruffleaboveThe texture of these is truly like a truffle. They are like Ferrer Rocher candies. I think that is what I was most excited about with this recipe.  That and how easy they are to make. hazelnuttruffleabove2

Hazelnut truffles

  • Servings: 24 truffles
  • Time: 1hr
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1 c. hazelnuts + 1/3 c. for rolling
4 oz. unsweetened dark chocolate or 85% dark chocolate bar, chopped*
5 soft medjool dates,  pitted*
1/4 c. light coconut milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Optional: 1 tbsp. maca powder

Place 1/3 c. hazelnuts in food processor and blend until it becomes rough hazelnut meal. Pour in bowl and set aside. Melt chocolate in double boiler. Place all ingredients together, including chocolate, in food processor and mix well. Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes. If you over refrigerate, microwave on high for 10 sec increments 2-3 times, until soft-easily maleable, but not too soft. Roll into balls. Roll in hazelnut meal. Keep replacing hazelnut meal in different bowl to keep more clean looking if you are into presentation.

*If your dates are not soft, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes.

*If you are used to sweeter desserts, opt for the dark chocolate over the unsweetened baking chocolate.


  1. My god these look amazing! Nutella that I can eat without guilt 🙂

    1. Author

      Thank you so much for checking them out, Caitlin. Nutella without the guilt is an A+ in my mind. 🙂

  2. Can these stay out at room temperature or will they melt? Can they stay out for like five hours and be ok?

    1. Author

      Hey monika. Good question. I left these out for about 1.5-2hrs after making them. They should be fine left at room temperature if hosting a party. Enjoy!

    1. Author

      Thank you! Chocolate + hazelnut is amazing! Love your blog name and your sweatband wearing avo!

  3. Should the hazelnuts be raw or roasted?

    1. Author

      Thanks! Bringing these to an event today so that is great to hear!

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