Hazelnut truffles

This combination of toasted hazelnuts and cacao is hard to beat. These truffles make a lovely homemade birthday or Christmas gift. Just be sure to chill them before you intend to take them out of the house.

This recipe makes 10 truffles

100g hazelnuts

2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon cacao

1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)

3 tablespoons rice syrup

10 almonds

Preheat the oven to 200c

Put the hazelnuts in the oven until the skins have darkened. Not all of them will go dark so just roast them until most of them have darkened

Cool the nuts

Rub them between your hands to remove most of the skin

Grind the nuts using the chopper attachment of a hand blender or a food processor. They should be ground fine like breadcrumbs

Add the cacao, hemp powder and syrup and mix well

Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes

Take a spoonful of the mixture in your hand and press flat

Put an almond in the centre and fold the chocolate mix around it

Roll between your hands to make it round

One you have done this with all the mixture put the remaining cacao in a bowl

Put each ball in the bowl and swish around so the ball is completely covered in cacao

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you can wait that long!