The best hazlenut chocolates…..EVER!

These healthy little treats are, well, amazing!!

They’re also raw, sugar and dairy free – so a nice little treat without the guilt of real chocolates!

I got the idea from a recipe Deliciously Ella blogged for Valentines where she put almond butter inside her chocolate. What I’ve done here is put healthy nutella and a hazelnut inside mine! I’ve used Ella’s Pure Chocolate and Nutritious Nutella recipes as a base to get started – why change something when it works?…

Firstly you will need to make some Nutella, I’ve copied and pasted the recipe but it’s exactly the same as the Delciously Ella one. 

Ingredients to make 1 jar:

– 2 cups of hazelnuts

– 1/2 a cup of water

– 1/2 a cup of maple syrup

– 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

Method:

Bake the hazelnuts at 180C for about ten minutes, then take them out of the oven and allow them to cool.

Once cool place them in a food processor and blend for about ten minutes, until they totally break down. Then add the maple syrup and cacao and blend again, before gradually pouring in the water – it’s important that the first three are properly mixed before you add the water though as you may not need it all.

Tip: I don’t always make a full jar as it only lasts a few weeks in the fridge, if you don’t think you’ll use it all you can half the recipe. Although it’s so nice you might just eat it from the jar with a spoon!! 

Now for the chocolate:

1/2 a cup of cacao butter

2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

3-4 tablespoons of rice syrup or pure maple syrup (I used maple syrup)

Melt all the ingredients in a pan but ensure it doesn’t boil. 

I then poured it into my chocolate mould – I added about 1/3 of the depth in each one before putting it in the freezer for 20 minutes to set. 

Then I added a bit of Nutella (making sure there was space around the edges and on top for the chocolate to seal it in) and put a hazlenut in the middle of it. Then fill up the mould with more chocolate before putting it back into the freezer for a further 20-30 minutes, until it’s set. 

Then all you have to do is try not to eat them all at once! 

Oh and make sure you keep them refrigerated – if they last that long. 

Clare xXx

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