That hazel-nutty taste of Nutella is just so delicious! Hazelnuts get a deep flavor when roasted and that is what I also did with them when making these Triple Chocolate Nutella Squares. You find the complete recipe below this post.
I did the “roasting” in an air fryer on a low setting so that it wont mess that much with the oils inside the hazelnuts. But some light roasting is needed for the taste. The fudge is sweetened with dates and a few drops of hazelnut flavored stevia drops. They are fudgy and deliciously sweet covered with a layer of a pure 89% cacao chocolate. And some cacao nibs … triple chocolate right!?
Rub the roasted hazelnuts in a paper towel to remove the skins or just get them without skins to make it easier. In a small food processor grind the hazelnuts into a fine consistency.
The sweetness and creaminess comes from dates in these Triple Chocolate Nutella Squares, love using medjool dates in all kinds of raw or baked sweets.
I add a little oatmeal to give it some body, otherwise they would be a little too sticky to keep outside the fridge or to take along to school or work. And of course we need cacao powder.
Some raw cacao facts,
A 2 tbsp. serving of cacao powder contains only 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat. It also contains 3.6 g fiber, this represents 14 percent of the daily value. Besides the fiber it also adds 8 percent of the daily value of iron and 14 percent of the daily value of magnesium to your diet. It has antidepressant effects on the brain, makes you feel all good and stuff and is also rich in antioxidants.
Mix in the fine hazelnut flour and stevia drops and press it in a with parchment paper lined baking dish. I used a square one but you can do whatever you have. Put another layer parchment paper on top and press it down well to flatten it and to make it even. This is the quick version I almost always use when making these. You can also roll the fudge into balls but that takes a lot more time although very yummy looking!
The fudge is then covered with some dark melted chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs …
The chocolate hardens up and makes a delicious crunchy topping in combination with the cacao nibs. If you choose to make balls you can roll them in the melted chocolate using two spoons and let them dry on parchment paper. Very chocolaty … speaking of chocolate I also have a raw healthy Nutella recipe on the site! Delicious in and on just about everything!
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hope you give these a try and that you like them as much as we do!
Triple Chocolate Nutella Squares
- 1 cup lightly roasted or raw hazelnuts without skin
- 1 cup soft pitted dates
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 3/4 cup fine oats
- pinch of salt
- tbsp of water if needed for processing
- 50 grams pure 85% chocolate melted au bain marie
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- few drops of hazelnut stevia, optional
- Roast the hazelnuts for about 30 minutes on low 110C / 230F until they get a nice deep flavor and crunch. Remove the skins by rubbing the roasted hazelnuts between two sheets of a paper towel.
- Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and blend into a flour. Remove from food processor.
- Process dates into a gooey consistency. Add in cacao powder, stevia, salt and pulse until well combined.
- Add in oats, pulse. If too dry you can add a few tbsp of water.
- Mix in the hazelnut flour and kneed it into a ball.
- Press the dough into a with parchment paper lined dish. Press it down well and even by laying another sheet on top. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate au bain marie, above hot water, and pour it over the dough. Sprinkle on the cacao nibs and let it set in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until hard.
- Slice with a sharp knife into squares or bars. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Also freezable.