Wednesday, December 2, 2009

~ Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles ~

A chocolate truffle starts with a simple blend of chocolate and cream called a ganache. If you'veevery savored a smooth, creamy chocolate truffle before you will appreciate how similar this sugar free version is. This recipe is not low in calories or low in fat. It is rich, decadent and luxurious. But, it is low in carbohydrates and has only 4.0 grams net carbs in each full sized dark chocolate-like truffle. This makes an excellent gift for your favorite diabetic chocoholic or a wonderful addition with the other goodies set out on your holiday table for your guests. If hazelnut is not your favorite you can roll the truffles in almond meal, your favorite ground nuts or even in unsweetened cocoa powder. The choice is yours. Simple to make and absolutely mouth watering delicious, everyone will think you slaved for hours and chances are no one will know they are sugar free unless you tell them. I hope you enjoy.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles


4 ounces unsweetened bakers chocolate (4 squares), chopped fine
1 cup Splenda
1 tsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. hazelnut meal, or desired choice of coatings

Chop the chocolate fine and place in a medium sized bowl along with the Splenda. Heat the cream until it just begins to bubble. Pour over the chocolate and Splenda mixture and add the butter. Stir with a whisk. Add the vanilla extract and stir well until everything is melted and well blended. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until it hardens slightly.

To finish your truffles sprinkle the hazelnut meal on a small plate. Place about one tablespoonful of ganache in palm and roll around lightly to form a ball. True truffles are oddly shaped and not perfectly round so don't worry too much. Also, the more you handle the ganache the more the warmth of your hands may begin to soften it. You may also consider wearing latex gloves for this part because it does get a bit messy. Drop each truffle into the hazelnut meal and roll around until it is completely covered. Repeat this process until all the ganache is used. Refrigerate again for about an hour so the truffles can set up.

Nutrition Facts
12 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92.7
Total Fat 9.7 g
Saturated Fat 5.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.7 g
Cholesterol 14.4 mg
Sodium 6.1 mg
Potassium 86.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 1.6 g


  1. hi chef barrae.. i am a diabetic 21 year old from Malaysia.. came across your blog when i was looking for a diabetic recipe site.. you whip up fabulous recipes that i can't wait to try them all.. i hope you will post more asian recipe that is more suitable to my palate... thanks..

    from Malaysia with love~

  2. Welcome t.a.c.a. and thank you for your kind words. I will be very happy to post more Asian recipes. It is one of my favorite cuisines. I have many recipes you will enjoy. If you want to find more Asian recipes go to where it says "Labels" on the right side column and you will find recipes under Chinese Style, Thai Style and Japanese Style. Thank you so much and please return often for great new recipes. I usually post a new recipe everyday.
    Eat, live and enjoy life!
    Chef Barrae