Chocolate lovers beware, these festive raw vegan chocolate hazelnut truffles aka “Vegano Rocher” are totally addictive and oh! so delicious. Make some for yourself or for a loved one ♥ (perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s or to make any day a special day)
If “Vegano Rocher” reminds you of a famous brand of Italian chocolates, it’s because this is my healthier, Vegan version of those golden-foiled little chocolatey things I used to love so many years ago. I thought the holidays would be the perfect time to share this recipe with you. You can either make some and serve them to your holiday guests, or perhaps gift them to someone you really, really like ♥
What’s more, these are not only festive, delicious and easy to make, they are also free from added sugar and dairy, but instead rich in vitamins and nutrients that will nourish your hair and skin, enhance your mood and energize you to be in full force this holiday season.
Why are these Vegano Rocher so good for you?
❥ Raw Cacao is a superfood containing a variety of unique phytonutrients, including high amounts of sulfur, magnesium and phenylethylamine. Cacao is known to stimulate the brain to release particular neurotransmitters, like euphoria, that can trigger positive emotions and enhance our mood.
❥ Hazelnuts are a great source of fiber and contain a large amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help to reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind) and increase HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). They are also a great source of vitamin E, which helps to fight aging and disease by reducing inflammation.
❥ Dates, packed full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, are high in calcium and in phosphorus, and have been proven to decrease cholesterol and boost bone health.
❥ Dark Chocolate is, you guessed it, once again rich in antioxidants including vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Flavonols help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart as well as the brain.
So, if you didn’t have a chocolate overdose yet with my Vegan Chocolate Salami, go ahead and read how to make these Vegano Rocher: raw vegan chocolate hazelnut truffles.
The base or core is a simple raw Vegan brownie, which includes a few ingredients that are both delicious and healthy. The only unusual ingredient is chopped caramelized hazelnuts from Trader Joe’s that I found at Aldi. These are totally optional, but they certainly do enhance the “rocher” / praline flavor that I remember from long ago.
You could stop here, simply dust them with cacao and these would already be amazing Vegan chocolate truffles… but for something really special, the recipes goes on…
When the raw brownie batter has been formed into tiny truffles and refrigerated for a while, we then coat them in a thin layer of dark chocolate and sprinkle some finely chopped hazelnut. The chocolate will make a hard shell to which the hazelnut crumbs will stick to.
I will not lie and tell you this is not a messy process. It is, a bit. But it’s SO worth it! Biting into one of these Vegano Rocher is the most decadent culinary experience I’ve had in a loooong while…
To gift them, you can either place each truffle in a mini-muffin liners (I have these red polka dot ones . but I have my eyes on these Christmas ones for the next batch!) or you can wrap them individually in golden candy wrappers like these. Then place them in a box of your choice.
I’m really excited for you to try these! Let me know what you think :) and whether you had some left to offer, or you had them all before your guests arrived :-P
I really hope you’re going to try these Vegano Rocher: they are A-mazing!
If you give them a try, please let me know in the comments’ section below.
And don’t forget to pin this recipe to spread the love ♥
I wish you a love-filled day xoxo