Hazelnut chocolate will forever be one of my guilty pleasures, and these homemade Ferrero Rocher truffles combine all the flavors I love in bite-sized packages. All you need are 8 ingredients for dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, hazelnut truffles that can be also made refined sugar-free!
Rich And Creamy Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
Before I turned vegan, Ferrero Rocher were one of my favorite ‘guilty pleasure’ treats. With the smooth, creamy chocolate hazelnut filling and crunch of the hazelnut- what’s not to love?
So after too long without this delicious treat, I’ve made my very own vegan version of hazelnut bliss balls. Without dairy and gluten, these homemade Ferrero Rocher chocolate truffle balls are a healthy treat that is quite inexpensive.
What Are Ferrero Rochers?
They are little candy balls with a hazelnut ‘heart’. This is then surrounded by a creamy hazelnut filling (similar to ‘Nutella’), a thin wafer shell, and covered with chocolate and roasted hazelnut pieces.
This popular candy is from the Italian manufacturer FERRERO S.p.A. who also produces ‘Raffaello’ Coconut Truffles (another favorite of mine!). If you love coconut, don’t miss to check out my Coconut Balls Recipe.
Unfortunately, the original Ferrero Rocher ingredients include milk powder, concentrated butter, whey powder, refined sugar, and wheat flour. Therefore, they aren’t allergen or vegan friendly. Plus, they also contain palm oil! Which is a massive no-no for me.
Luckily, I’ve created a version that omits all those ingredients!
My Ferrero Rocher Ingredients
These hazelnut truffles are filled with healthy raw cacao, good fats, and can be made without refined sugar. The results are a healthy yet indulgent hazelnut treat.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes some of these ingredients so healthy. For example:
Cacao Powder: Is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Not to mention rich in other vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, neutralize harmful free radicals, and it can even boost our mood and possibly improve cognitive abilities.
Hazelnuts: Are absolutely loaded with healthy fats and omega fatty acids, as well as fiber, vitamin A, manganese, and copper. They are also a great source of antioxidants with anti-cancer properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and can benefit heart health and might even boost brain function.
Coconut Oil: Contains lots of healthy fatty acids with immune-boosting properties. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial effects, can raise good cholesterol levels, improve digestion, aid weight loss, and possibly even boost brain function. It’s also good for your teeth, skin, and hair.
The Crispy Element
The only element I haven’t included in these homemade Ferrero Rocher is the crispy wafer shell. Unfortunately, this element isn’t easy to source or make at home.
In some countries, you can buy the round wafer shells, but they are often neither vegan nor gluten-free. There is the option of finding gluten-free wafer biscuit, or ice-cream cones.
I decided to omit a ‘crisp’ element for these hazelnut truffles. Therefore, they now taste quite similar to ‘Ferrero Kuesschen’ (which was also one of my favorite candy). However, if you are missing the ‘crunch’ factor, then you could try:
Puffed Brown Rice
Simply crush them up a bit and pour into the melted chocolate along with the hazelnut pieces. That way, you’ll still get a crispy crunch element as you bite into the truffles.
How To Make This Ferrero Rocher Recipe
If you thought to make truffles was complicated, don’t worry, it’s not! All that’s required is blending ingredients, rolling the balls, melting chocolate, and coating – simple! This recipe is practically foolproof.
Step One: First, set aside 14 hazelnuts, for the center of your hazelnut chocolate truffles (you’ll need 12-14, depending on the size you make the balls). Then, process the remaining hazelnuts in a blender/food processor for a few seconds, into coarse chunks. Set aside.
Step Two: Add all the Ferrero Roche mixture ingredients to the blender/food processor and blend for a few seconds. Stop the machine to scrape down the sides with a spatula then pulse for a further few seconds. You want to end up with a slightly sticky, formable mixture.
Step Three: Use around 1 tsp of the mixture per ball. Add a hazelnut to the center of each ball and then seal and roll in your hands to smooth the ball shape. Then place each completed ball onto a plate
Step Four: Melt the dairy-free chocolate chips (or dark chocolate) using the double boiler method; in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Bring the water to a boil and then turn off the heat. Meanwhile, stir the chocolate until fully melted.
Step Five: Add the chopped hazelnuts to the melted chocolate and stir with a spoon. Dip each bliss ball into the chocolate coating entirely and then place back on the plate.
Step Six: Chill the balls to fully set either in the fridge for 30 minutes or freezer for 15. Once chilled, enjoy!
For the full ingredients list, ingredient measurements, and nutritional information (calories, etc.), then please read the printable recipe card below.
This Recipe Is:
- Vegan (dairy-free & egg-free)
- Refined sugar-free (if using sugar-free chocolate)
- Easy to make
- Perfect for a guilt-free snack or treat!
Store these vegan Ferrero Rocher truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for two weeks. Alternatively, you can freeze them for up to four months.
Before eating, simply remove from the freezer and allow it to soften up for about 10-15 minutes.
Useful Recipe Tips & Variations:
- Rather than adding the chopped hazelnuts to the melted chocolate, you could put them in a bowl/plate. Dip the hazelnut truffle balls in the melted chocolate, then immediately roll over the ground nuts.
- Feel free to swap out the maple for brown rice syrup, date syrup, agave syrup, or any other liquid sweetener.
- Make the recipe keto-friendly or low carb by using a powdered granulated sweetener like Erythritol (e.g. Swerve) instead of maple syrup. Add a little more nut butter to compensate for the missing liquid of the maple syrup.
- I used dairy-free semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. You can use regular-sized chocolate chips or even a bar of chocolate. Just measure the amount in grams. Use sugar-free chocolate for a keto/low carb version.
- Hazelnut butter will taste best in this recipe. However, if you’re finding it hard to source, then swap it out with another nut or seed butter. I.e., almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter.
- You could also make homemade hazelnut butter. You’ll need to make a larger batch (around 1 ½-2 cups of hazelnuts or 300 grams), and have a high-speed blender or good food processor, for it to work well. Simply roast the hazelnuts lightly for 8-10 minutes at 350F, leave to cool slightly, and process in the machine until a smooth butter. Give your machine a break every 2-3 minutes, as this process can take a while.
- Use raw or roasted hazelnuts. Roasted hazelnuts will intensify the nutty flavor and add extra flavor.
- To intensify the chocolate flavor, you can add a small amount of espresso powder. It adds extra depths of flavor to the cacao.
If you give this vegan Ferrero Rocher recipe a try, I would really appreciate a comment and rating below. Also, don’t forget to tag me in re-creations on Instagram or Facebook with @elavegan and #elavegan.
Homemade Ferrero Rocher
Ferrero Rocher Mixture:
- 1/3 cup (75 g) mini chocolate chips dairy-free (*see notes)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2-3 tbsp hazelnuts chopped
- Set aside 14 whole hazelnuts for the center of each ball. You might not need all of them, it depends on the size of the balls (the recipe makes 12-14 balls). Process the remaining whole hazelnuts in a food processor for a couple of seconds until they are coarse but not fine like flour.
- Add all other ingredients of the Ferrero Rocher Mixture (but not the Chocolate Mixture) and blend again for a couple of seconds. Stop the food processor and scrape down the sides of the machine with a spatula. Blend or pulse again for a few seconds. The mixture should hold together and be slightly sticky.
- Use about 1 tsp of the mixture per ball and shape it with your hands to form a ball. Place a whole hazelnut into the center and seal the ball, then roll it between your hands. Make this with the remaining dough. Place all balls on a plate.
- Add the dairy-free chocolate chips (you can use dark chocolate instead) and 1 tsp coconut oil to a bowl. Heat water in a saucepan and place the bowl with the chocolate on top of the saucepan (double boiler). Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil, then turn off the heat. Stir the chocolate with a spoon until it's melted.
- Transfer the chopped hazelnuts to the chocolate and stir with a spoon. Then dip each Ferrero Rocher ball into the chocolate to coat it from all sides. Do this with all remaining balls and then put them back on the plate.
- Put the plate in the fridge until the balls firm up (about 30 minutes). You can also put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- Hazelnut butter will taste the best in this recipe but since it's hard to get, it's also fine if you use any other nut or seed butter like almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.
- You can also make your own hazelnut butter (check the Tips & Variations above).
- Feel free to use any other liquid sweetener such as brown rice syrup, date syrup coconut syrup, agave syrup, etc.
- Read the Tips & Variations if you want to make this recipe keto friendly/low carb.
- I prefer dairy-free semi-sweet or refined sugar-free mini chocolate chips. You can use regular-sized chocolate chips (use the measurement in grams) or a bar of chocolate.
- Check the step-by-step photos in the blog post above.
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