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Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

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It’s Valentine’s Day today! And February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month. There has been a lot of doubling up this month — perfect for planning posts!

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, have a beautiful day! I know it’s a commercial holiday, etc. etc… My husband likes to remind me of that. However, we find it a great excuse to have a date night.

So we recognize but work with it!

Anyway, today we have a lovely chocolate treat that you could use for Valentine’s Day. Looking for a delicious snack to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than these decadent chocolate hazelnut truffles.

The best part? Dates and a touch of maple syrup add just enough sweetness without adding any refined sugar.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Prep Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, Dessert, hazelnuts, truffles


  • Food processor
  • several bowls


  • ½ c. raw hazelnuts
  • 12 Medjool dates pitted
  • 2 T. cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 1 T. coconut oil melted
  • T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ t. coarse salt

Optional Coatings:

  • ¼ c. hazelnuts or almonds ground
  • ¼ c. coconut flakes finely shredded
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder + ¼ t. each cayenne pepper and coarse salt


  • Place pitted dates in a small bowl filled with warm water. Set aside to soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Pour each selected coating, if using, onto a separate shallow, rimmed plate and set aside.
  • Add hazelnuts to a food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Remove the softened dates from bowl and drain off any excess water. Add dates and cocoa powder to food processor and blend until smooth, approximately 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides, as necessary, to ensure mixture is thoroughly combined.
  • Tip: Add a few drops of water at a time, if necessary, to achieve a smooth consistency, but don’t add too much.
  • Add coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to the mixture and process until combined.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and divide into 15-18 equal-sized portions. Roll each section of dough into a ball before rolling in the selected coatings.
  • Once coated, place on prepared baking tray and place in the refrigerator to chill for several minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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