Zero-Waste Valentine’s Truffles
This Valentine’s day instead of purchasing chocolate in wasteful packaging, try making something yourself. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to show you care, here is a super simple and affordable recipe to try at home.
- 8 oz dark chocolate – from bulk chocolate chips, or use two paper wrapped bars if not available
- 1 cup homemade sweetened nut butter – I used chocolate-hazelnut butter, but have also used pistachio, peanut, and almond butter!
- ¼ cup finely chopped nuts, to decorate
For homemade hazelnut butter:
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts*
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp refined coconut oil, cocoa butter, or vegetable oil (optional! Will make a smoother consistency)
*For other nut butter variations, just always use unsalted nuts and omit cocoa powder if preferred
To make nut butter:
- In a food processor or strong blender, add sugar, cocoa, and coconut oil if using.
- Slowly add nuts, processing in between. You want to let the food processor run for at least several minutes, but give it breaks if the motor starts to overheat.
- Store in a glass jar until ready to use — no need to refrigerate.
To make truffles:
- I use a silicone mould for filled chocolates. To use this, melt the chocolate and coat the cavities – pressing with the back of a spoon to cover.
- Refrigerate for 10 minutes, and then fill with nut butter before sealing with remaining chocolate and refrigerating for another 10-20 min.
Note: If you don’t have a mould, refrigerate the nut butter to harden. Scoop out small amounts with a spoon and roll in your hand to make a ball. Add these to a cookie sheet and freeze for 30+ min. Melt the chocolate, and dip each frozen ball to coat, before refrigerating to set.
To decorate with stripes:
- Finely chop the hazelnuts and add to a dish or small bowl.
- Take a clean knife and heat by putting into the open flame on your stove.
- Roll the blunt side of the knife over the truffle to melt one stripe, and then immediately dip into chopped nuts.
- Clean knife on damp cloth before reheating in between truffles.
Pack in a reusable container and wrap with a decorative cloth, instead of paper! Enjoy sharing these homemade truffles with loved ones for any occasion.
Written by Eva, The Hungry Chickpea
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