Healthy "Hedgehogs"


My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship, and it worked out that this year we get spend Valentines day together.

I'm not too big on Valentines day or the consumerism that comes with it, because I believe that you should give and receive love daily.

So instead getting a materialistic gift for each other this year, we (more-so I) decided that we should do something thoughtful for each other opposed to getting a box of chocolates or some ugly stuffed animal. 

Sooooo! That's when these healthy hedgehogs were born.

My boyfriends favourite chocolate are Hedgehogs from Purdys Chocolates. I'd be lying if I said that I don't like them. How could someone not like them? It's a perfect blend of hazelnut and chocolate. The inside of hedgehogs is a smooth hazelnut-chocoalte filling, covered with hard milk chocolate. 

A homemade, healthy version of his favourite chocolate is thoughtful right?

They don't look much like hedgehogs, but they sure taste like them and don't come along with all the refined sugar and artificial ingredients! AND! They contain protein, fat, and fiber from the use of the hazelnut butter and coconut flour. BONUS.

Okay now go make these.

Healthy "Hedgehogs"



Ingredients:

1/4 C hazelnut butter
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tbsp raw honey
1 bar of dark chocolate (70-85g)
1 tsp coconut oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together the hazelnut butter and cocoa powder together. Stir slowly so that the cocoa powder doesn't POOF everywhere! (you don't want to miss-out on any chocolate!)

Next, add in the coconut flour and honey. This will thicken up the hazelnut-cocoa butter and make it more pliable. 

Line parchment paper on a small flat plate. Using a 1 tsp measuring spoon, scoop the hazelnut filling and gently place on the parchment paper. Try to mild into a small oval but whatever shape it comes out it just fine.. it will still taste delicious!

Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden.

In a small saucepan, crack up the bar of chocolate and melt. Add in coconut oil and stir in.


Take the filling balls out of the freezer.


Lift with a fork and place int the melted chocolate. Tilt the saucepan, flip it over, grab a spoon, do whatever you've gotta do to get it covered in that delicious melted chocolate!!



Place the hedgehog back on the plate lined with parchment paper.

Do this will all of the balls to make what I call a healthy Hedgehog. Place back in freezer for another 30 minutes or so, or unit the chocolate has cooled down enough to transfer to an airtight container.

Store in the fridge for about 2 weeks (I actually have no idea how long these would last for. The ingredients used have quite a long shelf life. However, this recipe only makes 12 balls and seriously who could restrict themselves to NOT eating them all within the first few days?)




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