Indulge your sweet tooth with our decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles. Filled with mouth-watering ingredients such as hazelnuts, hemp hearts, cacao powder, and prunes, this dessert is sure to satisfy those incessant chocolate cravings and provide you with additional health benefits. Some studies have examined the relationship between bone health and prune consumption, and they have found that prunes are unique in their ability to strengthen bone structure based on biochemical factors (1). Prunes have been shown to de-regulate osteoclast differentiation (decreasing bone tissue re-absorption) while up-regulating osteoblast and glutathione activity (increasing new bone tissue with the hormone GPx). Prunes are also one of the only fruits to have an anabolic (building up) effect on bones, which helps prevent bone loss (1). So, the next time you are craving something sweet, try out these fabulous bite-sized truffles–your taste buds and your bones will thank you for it.
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Serves: 21 truffles
1 cup hazelnuts + 21 hazelnuts to use for the middle of the truffles
3 tablespoons hemp hearts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ½ tablespoons cacao powder
1 cup prunes (see note)
1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
2 ounces 70% dark chocolate
¼ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
In a food processor, mix together hazelnuts, hemp hearts, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Process until smooth.
Add prunes, coconut oil and sea salt and process until smooth. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop the truffles and roll them into balls. Place 1 whole hazelnut into the middle of each truffle.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to harden.
In the bottom of a double boiler, bring water to a boil and add the pot to the top of the double boiler with the coconut oil and dark chocolate. Cook until melted and smooth.
When the chocolate is melted, remove the truffles from the refrigerator, and roll each truffle in the melted chocolate mixture, and then in the chopped hazelnuts.
Place each truffle back on the parchment paper, and place the baking sheet into the refrigerator to harden for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Most prunes contain potassium sorbate which is used to prevent mold and yeast spoilage. Potassium sorbate is safe, however it can be harmful if used excessively. People who are are sensitive or allergic to potassium may have trouble consuming foods or using products that have potassium sorbate as a preservative. There are dried prunes on the market that are preservative free.[br][br]Disclosure: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to Manitoba Harvest. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
(1) Rendina, E., et. al. Dried Plum’s Unique Capacity to Reverse Bone Loss and Alter Bone Metabolism in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Model. Plos One. Published March 29, 2013. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0060569