In celebrating the season of love, we couldn’t not provide you with a sumptuous recipe featuring love’s favorite flavor: chocolate! In our heart of hearts — chocolate deserves to have a place in the day to day, not just special occasions. We also believe that it’s equally important to romance yourself with decadence as it is to share that generosity with others. As such, we present you with a recipe that’s easily gift-able and crave-ably delicious, but also packed with healthy fats and free of refined sugar so that you can feel equally nourished and satiated.

Vilda Gonzalez, @vildasaskiagonzalez


    For the truffles:
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup roasted hazelnut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne, or other chili powder with comparable heat
  • 1 teaspoon flaky salt

  • For the coating:
  • ½ cup ground roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon maple sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne, or other chili powder with comparable heat
Cookware Used
Little Sheet
Two Nonstick Quarter-Sheet Pans
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Great Spatula
Silicone Spatula
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8.5-Inch Stainless Steel Sauce Pan
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1. Add the chocolate and butter to a heat proof bowl. Fill a saucepan with about 2 inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Place the bowl over the saucepan (this has effectively created a double boiler) and gently stir the chocolate and butter until fully melted and combined. Removed from the heat. 

2. In another mixing bowl, combine the hazelnut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cayenne, and flaky salt. Stir well to combine, then fold in the melted chocolate and butter mixture. Place this bowl in the fridge for at least 2 hours to allow the mixture to firm up. 

3. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the hazelnut coating. 

4. Once the truffle mixture is thoroughly chilled and stiff to the touch, roll it into 24 evenly sized balls. Roll each truffle in the hazelnut coating to cover. 

5. These truffles keep out at room temperature for 5 days, or much longer in the fridge, but in our experience—they’ve never lasted that long!