The Best Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Prep: 70 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 70 minutes
Yield: 10 - 12Category: Desserts
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These indulgent homemade truffles are my gluten free and vegan version of the Ferrero Rochers I used to love before my coeliac disease diagnosis! They are such a delicious alternative and would make the perfect homemade Christmas gift for someone special this year!

They require only three ingredients and are really easy to make! I like to add a whole hazelnut to the centre of each of my truffles but this is completely optional! Make sure you use a good quality chocolate for these, I personally use Bournville, as this really will make all the difference when it comes to how these taste. I love these truffles but if you fancy trying a more nutrient dense version you will like this recipe for a healthier alternative to these!

Before going vegan I would make these using dairy containing double cream so I was very happy when a plant based version came out and I could start eating them again.

I have noticed a few differences between the dairy containing cream and the plant based version with the main one annoyingly being that it is easier to go wrong with the plant based version! Not only does it seem to split more easily than the dairy version but it also seems to attract air bubbles – both of which will ruin the ganache and create a sticky, grainy almost caramel like consistency.

There are a few things I have started doing in order to minimise this risk which include:

  • Make sure you do not accidentally boil the cream. Remember you are just warming it over a low heat and don’t want any bubbles in the cream
  • As the temperature of the cream won’t be that high it won’t melt every single chunk of chocolate, no matter how small you chop the pieces. For this reason, I have started grating the chocolate, (or at least as much of it as I can), rather than just chopping it into chunks with a knife)
  • When you have poured the cream over the chocolate just allow it to sit for a few minutes before touching it
  • When the time comes to start stirring, move the spoon slowly and tentatively. You need to be careful you don’t stir too quickly and trap air bubbles into the ganache. Aim to touch the ganache as little as possible
  • I find that making small movements and starting from the centre of the bowl and slowly working my way out in a spiral shape helps to ensure everything is combined without trapping lots of air in

I have noted that these will need to be left to sit for a minimum of one hour, I usually leave the ganache in the fridge to firm up overnight and find this works well too so do not worry if you forget about them and end up leaving the mixture in there for longer than noted. Please note that the ‘prep time’ stated includes the time needed for these truffles to set! How many truffles you create will depend on the size of the balls you roll but I generally get around 10 – 12 from one batch.

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Ingredients

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  • 200g 1 cup + 2 tbsp dairy free chocolate
  • 120ml 1/2 cup plant based double cream
  • 60g 1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts (extra for centre)

Method

  1. Chop, or ideally grate, the chocolate into very small pieces and place in a heat proof bowl
  2. Add the cream to a saucepan and place over a low heat until it begins to simmer. Do not let the cream boil
  3. Remove the cream from the heat and, while it is still hot, pour over the chocolate pieces so they begin to melt
  4. Allow to sit for at least three minutes before slowly and gently stirring the mixture starting from the centre and working outwards until the chocolate and cream are mostly combined and a smooth, glossy mixture is achieved. Aim to stir the ganache as little as possible to avoid trapping any air bubbles into the mixture.
  5. Place the ganache in the fridge for a minimum of one hour to firm up
  6. Once firm, use a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop to scoop out even sized chunks of mixture
  7. Press a whole hazelnut into the middle of each scoop and fold the chocolate mixture around it, (optional), using your palms to roll the chocolate into balls
  8. Repeat this until all of the ganache has been used and you are left with your chocolate truffles
  9. Use a rolling pin to crush the blanch hazelnuts into tiny pieces and place them all in a bowl. Roll the truffles in the crushed hazelnut until evenly coated, repeat this until each of the truffles is well coated
  10. Pop the truffles back in the fridge for ten minutes to set

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