Hello 2017! The new year means new beginnings and new resolutions – or should I say, old resolutions that weren’t realized in previous years. Either way, everyone’s in a better mood and is energized to take on the world.
With new(ish) resolutions come new diets that promise to change your life. Well, you don’t have to diet if you just learn to eat the right way ;)
Enter these amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazinnng Mock Ferrero Bliss Bites.
I’ll tell you why it’s better than Ferrero – big claim but trust me on this one. A Ferrero Rocher has so many delicious layers: hazelnut, chocolate, thin wafer, and finally covered in a chocolate and crushed hazelnuts layer. BUT, what they hope you don’t know – unless you cared enough to look at the ingredients and understood what they mean, is this:
“Milk chocolate (sugar (refined), cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skim milk powder (milk), anhydrous milk fat (ghee/ie fat), lecithin (GMO soy), vanillin (cheap extract)), hazelnuts, sugar (more of it for some reason), modified palm oil (highly saturated fat), wheat flour, whey powder (milk), cocoa, lecithin (GMO soy), sodium bicarbonate, salt, vanillin.”
Ya…my thoughts exactly. Why you need a ton of ingredients to make a seemingly simple morsel of chocolatey delight is disturbing. Just looking at those preservatives alone is enough to make me want to run in the other direction. Of course, this is aside from the obvious milk, wheat, and nut allergens. No thanks.
My version: 5 healthy ingredients (not counting the shredded coconut and hemp), natural, organic, paleo, DELICIOUS, decadent, a superfood, vegan, and so easy to make it’s almost a sin not to make them. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, they’re free from dairy, egg, peanut, wheat/gluten, soy, most tree nuts, sugar, nasty preservatives, and anything funky! These treats are pure bliss – hence the title :D And because you’re making them yourself, if you have an allergy to hazelnuts, then either replace them with another friendly nut, or omit them all together. Hence, 100% allergy free!
The best part of my Mock Ferreros? It’s the core – as in, the toasted hazelnut. Do not skip this step. It brings these blissfully sinful decadence to incredible heights. Your taste buds, and the rest of your senses will thank you for life! They’re so good, you’d think you’re cheating on your diet, and your resolution, and your will. But you’re actually not!! Finally, you’re actually able to have your cake and eat it too.
Make these delightful sweet treats ahead and keep them somewhere safe from other hands. Any time you’re craving something to indulge in, enjoy these Mock Ferrero Bliss Bites, guilt free.
Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for all of your support and love you show me daily from your comments and messages. You’re the best and you rock!
- 25 Medjool dates, pitted and split in half
- 50 whole hazelnuts
- 2 c dairy free dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ c unsweetened shredded coconut and/or
- ½c plus 2tbsp hemp seeds
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Place shredded coconut and hemp seeds in two small bowls. Set aside.
- Place hazelnuts on baking tray lined with parchment paper in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, place toasted hazelnuts in a towel and rub the skin off. This helps remove the bitterness from the nuts.
- While the hazelnuts are in the oven, prep the chocolate by melting it on a double boiler. Once melted, add coconut oil, remove from heat, stir until chocolate is silky smooth.
- Next, taking a hazelnut at a time, dip in melted chocolate, remove with a fork, and insert in flattened date half. Close the date on the hazelnut, gently roll into a ball. Continue this step until finished.
- Then, take each date ball and dip into melted chocolate, remove using a fork and place in either coconut or hemp. Place on plate/baking sheet line with wax/parchment paper. Repeat this step until all date balls are dipped and coated in coconut/hemp.
- Use any remaining melted chocolate to drizzle over the finished bites. (optional step) Place in the fridge for a few minutes to help chocolate set.
- Remove and enjoy!!
For those of you wondering, I didn't like crushed hazelnuts as a topping which is why I didn't include them in this recipe. They looked pretty but the taste was overwhelmingly nutty. If you want to give them a try, then try crushing skinned raw hazelnuts instead of toasting them.