Hazelnut Bites


You will need

80 g (3 oz / 1/2 cup) hazelnuts, plus 10 whole hazelnuts for the middle
80 g (3 oz / 3/4 cup) almond flour
3 tablespoons cacao powder
60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) coconut oil
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 medjool dates, stoned (pitted)

For the coating

200 g (7 oz) dark chocolate bar, 90% or 70% cocoa solids

For the toppings

Chopped hazelnuts
Dried flower petals (for special occasions)


Directions

1. Place the hazelnuts in a small blender and blitz until you get a flour-like consistency. Then pulse until the mix becomes slightly sticky. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blitz until you get a sticky, fine mixture.

2. Spoon out bite-sized portions of mixture, place one whole hazelnut in the middle and wrap around it to form a ball, then place on a plate lined with greaseproof paper (wax paper).

3. Do this until you have around 10 bite-sized balls, then place them in the fridge to set for 10–15 minutes.

4. In the meantime, break the chocolate into a bain marie – place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan with some boiling water in the bottom, but without the bowl touching the water, then cook, stirring occasionally, until it has melted. Remove the bowl from the pan.

5. Line a chopping board or plate with greaseproof paper (wax paper), get the balls out of the fridge and gently dip and roll them in the melted chocolate until fully covered. Place the chocolate-covered balls on the paper and top with chopped hazelnuts and some dried flower petals. Place in the fridge to set.

6. These little tasty gems last for up to a week in the fridge but tend to be eaten pretty quickly!

Recipe taken from Happy Food: Fast, fresh, simple vegan, Hardie Grant (UK), RRP: £20, by Bettina Campolucci Bordi

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