Homemade Ferrero Rocher
The first of the May Bank Holidays are just around the corner, so I thought I’d share a delicious recipe for those of you having gatherings with friends and family. My absolute favourite chocolate is Ferrero Rochers – so I took upon the challenge of making my very own homemade ones. The advantage? The ingredients including; cacao, maple syrup, coconut flour and nuts are totally natural and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars so that everyone can enjoy these yummy treats!
* Homemade chocolate takes minutes to make and is so satisfying! The health benefits are also abundant. Cacao butter offers a host of health benefits such as improved skin and hair, anti-ageing and reduces skin inflammation. A 100g also provides 44% of your daily nutrients and 40% of your daily vitamins.
* The cacao powder in the chocolate provides further essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, along with healthy fats, protein, and fibre.
* Maple syrup is a fabulous natural sweetener – it comes directly from plant sap and has over 54 antioxidants helping prevent and delay diseases
* Coconut flour is a great alternative for gluten free diets. It is rich in dietary fibre, high in beneficial fats, and packed with protein. When using coconut flour, you need to consider the liquid quantity as it absorbs a lot more than other gluten free flours.
These work perfectly with coffee or tea at the end of a meal or as a little snack midday, but they might get eaten fast so make a big batch keep to hand for yourself and guests!
So, you’ve had all the health benefits, now onto the good stuff… the recipe!
Homemade Ferrero Rocher (Makes 15) Serves 6 For the hazelnut butter Nut butter is one of my favourite ingredients to add to porridge, smoothies, raw bakes, and simply spread on rye bread topped with chopped banana. Nut butters are full of healthy fats, natural protein, packed with vitamins, and bursting with antioxidants, but best of all they're so simple to make. *If you're stretched for time, you can buy raw hazelnut butter in all good health stores if you prefer Ingredients *50g hazelnuts Method 1. Heat the oven to 160° fan 2. Place the hazelnuts on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and place in the oven for 8 minutes 3. Take out the oven and leave until completely cool 4. Place in the food processor for around 10 minutes until butter forms (you may need to scrape down the sides every few minutes) Note: The hazelnuts will first turn into ground hazelnuts, and then will gradually form a butter texture as the oils are released. You need to be patient, but it will happen!
For the Homemade Chocolate Ingredients *60g cacao butter (coconut oil can replace this) *30g cacao powder *15g maple syrup Method 1. Heat the cacao butter in a bain-marie over a very gentle heat 2. Once completely melted, stir in the cacao powder and maple syrup until completely mixed
Praline ball Ingredients * 50g hazelnut butter * 2 tbsp. maple syrup * 4 tsp. coconut flour * 100g homemade chocolate * 50g crushed hazelnuts * 15 hazelnuts Method 1. Add the hazelnut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, and 30g of the homemade chocolate to a mixing bowl and mix well (if the mixture seems too runny, slowly add more coconut flour) 2. Form into bite-size balls around the hazelnut 3. Once all the balls are made, dip them into the remaining melted chocolate and then roll in the crushed hazelnuts 4. Place in the fridge for half an hour, then enjoy!