Move over Christmas treats, this is the only recipe you will need this year. You may want to double the ingredients and make a double batch because they sure didn't last long in the Food Matters Headquarters! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 150 g dark chocolate ( at least 70% cacao) 
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup all natural, smooth, nut butter 
  • 1 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp hazelnut extract or vanilla extract 

METHOD

  1. Boil a pot of water. 
  2. Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a glass bowl over the hot water bath. Once the chocolate has melted, remove the pot from the heat but keep the bowl over the hot water.
  3. While you melt the chocolate, place the coconut milk in a small pot and warm it up a little bit.  Add in a generous pinch of sea salt. 
  4. Slowly add warm coconut milk to the melted chocolate while continuously whisking over a low heat. 
  5. Whisk in the maple syrup, hazelnut butter and hazelnut or vanilla extract. 
  6. Allow the mixture to cool and place in the fridge overnight for it to harden.
  7. Before taking the mixture out of the fridge, put aside at least 20-25 hazelnuts and chop the rest finely. 
  8. Spread the chopped hazelnuts on a tray or clean baking sheet.
  9. Scoop portions of the ganache mixture into ‘eyeball’ portions. Flatten ball into your hand, place a hazelnut in the middle and then close over the truffle mixture around the hazelnut. 
  10. Roll between the palms of your hands and then roll the truffle in the chopped hazelnuts. Continue until all of the mixture is gone. 
  11. Store in the fridge... If they last that long!