Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
If you’re looking for a simple, indulgent treat that is naturally gluten-free and vegan, look no further than these seven ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles! They have a cookie dough texture and are covered in dark chocolate.
Welcome chocolate hazelnut lovers! If you love yourself a cookie dough truffle or a chocolate hazelnut treat, these chocolate hazelnut cookie dough truffles are for you. They’re all the things you want in an easy dessert treat:
- Easy to make
- Only seven ingredients
- Gluten-free & vegan
- Easily customizable
- Perfect to make-ahead
Ingredients & substitutions for chocolate hazelnut truffles:
- Chocolate Hazelnut Butter: see the Note below for details, but make sure it’s vegan to keep this recipe dairy-free & vegan. I love using my homemade vegan chocolate hazelnut butter! Seek out refined sugar-free chocolate hazelnut butter to make these refined sugar-free truffles.
- Maple Syrup: any liquid sweetener will work here, like honey, agave, or a sugar-free sweetener. Granulated sweeteners should also work well in this recipe.
- Almond Flour: you can also use hazelnut flour to amp up the hazelnut taste!
- Sea Salt: take care on the amount of salt if your chocolate hazelnut butter has salt already added to it!
- Vanilla Extract: for extra flavor – can be skipped, but I recommend adding it in.
- Mini Chocolate Chips: to mix into your truffles! You can skip this if you don’t want little bites of chocolate in your truffles. Be sure to use mini chocolate chips – regular size will be a little too large for these bites.
- Dark Chocolate: for melting, you can use chips or your favorite chocolate bar chopped into bits. I like using a darker chocolate for this (I used a 75% cacao bar).
- Cacao Butter or Refined Coconut Oil: this helps thin out the chocolate which makes dipping the truffles easier. I prefer cacao butter if you have it because it stays firmer at warm temperatures, but coconut oil works as well.
Which chocolate hazelnut butter should I use? I love using my homemade chocolate hazelnut butter! Store bought is also fine of course, just make sure the one you choose is vegan. Nutella is delicious, but it unfortunately uses milk products. I personally love the Spread The Love chocolate hazelnut butter, and there’s a few great brands you can usually find in the nut butter section of your grocery store.
How to make vegan chocolate hazelnut truffles:
Full printable recipe is in the recipe card below!
Step One: start by making the chocolate hazelnut cookie dough-style filling by mixing together the chocolate hazelnut butter, maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla extract, almond flour, and chocolate chips. It should come together into a cohesive dough.
Step Two: use a spoon or a cookie scoop (I used this small cookie dough scoop) to portion out the chocolate hazelnut truffle filling and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm up slightly.
Step Three: You can leave these chocolate hazelnut truffles as more of a cookie dough-style bite if you skip the chocolate dip. Or, make them more decadent and dessert-like by dipping the chocolate hazelnut cookie dough bites into melted chocolate. If you want to dip the truffles, roll each cookie dough bite into a ball between your palms and place back on the baking sheet. Place in the freezer while you melt the chocolate.
Step Four: melt the chocolate and cacao butter in a small microwavable bowl or saucepan. Use a dipping tool or fork to dip all the truffles, and garnish with chopped hazelnuts. Let firm up in the fridge for at least 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy! See more tips for dipping truffles below.
Tips for dipping the truffles:
- Using a truffle dipping tool to help dunk the chocolate and let the excess drip off. If you don’t have one of these, a fork works pretty well in its place. I have this set of dipping tools and use the round spiral one for this. The spoons are perfect for drizzling and the longer tong style ones are perfect for dipping bars like these snickers bars.
- Don’t skip the cacao butter or coconut oil in the melted chocolate. This helps thin out the chocolate, which makes for easier dipping.
- Use a small bowl for dipping. I personally use a tiny saucepan I grabbed at a thrift store ages ago (I think it’s technically a butter warmer). The small width makes dipping the entire truffle easier.
More fabulous truffle recipes:
- Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles
- Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles
- Peanut Butter Coconut Truffles
- Easy Vegan Chocolate Truffles
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
Need more chocolate hazelnut in your life?
- Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars
- Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
- Gluten-Free Fudgy Chocolate Hazelnut Bars
If you’re looking for a simple, indulgent treat that is naturally gluten-free and vegan, look no further than these seven ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles!
- ½ cup (128g) chocolate hazelnut butter
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ⅔ cup (64g) blanched almond flour or hazelnut flour
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
For chocolate dip
- 4 oz. dark chocolate, chips or chopped bars
- 2 tablespoons cacao butter or refined coconut oil
In a mixing bowl, stir together the chocolate hazelnut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the almond flour, salt, and chocolate chips.
Use a spoon or a cookie scoop (I used this small cookie dough scoop) to portion out the chocolate hazelnut truffle filling and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm up slightly.
Roll the dough into balls (optional, you can also leave them as cookie scoop shape. If you’re dipping in chocolate, rolling into balls makes it easier).
Leave as-is and enjoy as cookie dough bites, or dunk them into melted chocolate.
For the chocolate dip: place your chocolate and cacao butter/coconut oil in a small but deep microwavable bowl or cup. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is fully melted. You can also use a small saucepan (I love using my butter warmer for this) and melt over low heat on the stove.
Using a fork or dipping tool (I use the round spiral one from this candy dipping tool set) to dip each ball in the melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off before placing on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts, if desired, while the chocolate is still melted. Repeat until they’re all dipped and then transfer to the refrigerator to let set. You’ll probably have extra chocolate.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Nutritional value varies based on how large you make your truffles and which chocolate hazelnut butter you use.
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