Oat Crusted Hazelnut Truffles

November 16, 2011

I’m a real fan of making bites that taste indulgent but are actually healthy. Case in point, my Date Pecan Coffee Balls. Freh dates are one of the true loves of my life.

My incredibly talented friend, Hannah, is the Queen of delicious bites, and always inspires me to get creative with said bites in my kitchen (see these links for examples of Hannah’s scrumptious creations! 1, 2, 3).

Please note that I’m saying “bites” even though we all know they’re balls. Because really, who wants to say, “would you like to try my balls”? Yeah, I said it. So we’re calling them “bites”, ok? Or in this case, “Truffles”. Oooooooh, now doesn’t that sound fancy?


I created these Truffles while hanging out with my younger brother, Jackson, one Friday. I was working from home (snap), and because he’s a hard working *cough, cough* Uni student, he had the chance to join me for a lunch-time catch up. I made Tuna Salad, we chatted about life and watched a little Seinfeld whilst I worked on recipe nutrition analysis. It was nice.

And then, all of a sudden, it was time for something sweet.

I had been wanting to create a recipe for Melrose using Melrose’s 100% Hazelnut Spread for a while. It smells divine, like Nutella but it is far superior in terms of nutrient profile. And so I fashioned these Truffles. What can I say, I had a vision. An oat crusted, maple syrup-infused vision.

It worked. Especially the delightful sprinkle of sea salt over the top.

Jackson and I ate a couple of Truffles each for afternoon tea.

And then I did a happy dance.

Oat Crusted Hazelnut Truffles

Makes 8 truffles

This recipe requires a hand blender.


2 tablespoons (30g) Rolled Oats
3 teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup
2 heaped tablespoons Melrose 100% Hazelnut Spread
2 level tablespoons (30g) Almond Meal
Sea Salt


1. Place the oats in a hand blender and pulse a few times until crumbly (don’t over blend them, you don’t want them to become a flour).

2. Heat a non-stick pan over low heat. Toast the oat crumbles until lightly golden and fragrant.

3. Turn off the heat and then add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup to the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon through the oats until evenly distributed. The oats will clump slightly. Leave in the pan and set aside.

4. Place the hazelnut butter and 1 tablespoon of almond meal in a blender, and blend for ~10 seconds. Add another tablespoon of almond meal and blend again for the same. Add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and pulse until incorporated. Remove the blade from the blender.

5. Moisten your hands slightly with water. Grab a portion of the mixture – keeping in mind it should make ~8 even-sized balls. Roll it in your palms until smooth and then add it to the oat crumbles in the pan. You will need to press down to get the oats to stick and create an even coating across the ball. You will need to be a little firm and mould it into a ball again with your hands. Set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining hazelnut mixture.

6. Lightly sprinkle the truffle balls with sea salt and then pop in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.

7. Remove from the freezer once chilled and serve.

You can keep these in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two days – keeping in mind that they will dry out the longer you keep them. Best to enjoy them straight away with friends! And then do a happy dance.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    these would make a lovely gift too!

  • Hannah November 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    yummmm I'm a huge fan of bites like these and these sound like yet another delicious variation!! I remember when I got that hazelnut butter, it went so quickly, I'll try get it again to make these 😉 x

  • Leah November 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I too prefer to call them "bites" not "balls" hehehe

    Another terrific recipe, thanks Heidi 😉

  • Michelle Chin November 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    this looks really healthy and i bet they are jampacked with the goodness of oats and almonds!

  • Heidi November 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Lisa – snap, you're right 🙂

    Hannah – hazelnut butter is goooooood!

    Leah – hehe, awe thanks lovely!

    Michelle – oh yeah 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa November 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Wow, you have a super lucky brother there!

  • Cass @foodmyfriend November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Yum! These look amazing! Crunchy little morsels 🙂 You've sold me!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Isn't Hannah brilliant? And what a great idea putting oats on the outside. I'm crazy about oats in cookies too 🙂

  • msihua November 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I need you and Hannah (OII READ THIS COMMENT) to create me something which is this fun, but has absolutely no carbs (no grains, no legumes, no wheats etc.).. I'm on a paleo diet, and I need snacks!!

  • chutneyandspice November 17, 2011 at 12:33 am

    delicious, I love your healthy recipes, just the kind of thing I love making for (or with) my children.

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook November 17, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I love hazelnuts so much so that even when I get gelato, it has to be hazelnut flavour! Great recipe Heidi, so simple too – might try to make some for the kids' lunchbozes.

  • Heidi November 17, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Lisa – hehe thanks! I'm lucky too, he's always entertaining 😛

    Cass – thank you! 🙂

    Lorraine – she's pretty much amazing 🙂

    Msihua – oooooh mission! 🙂

    chutneyandspice – thank you, how lovely 🙂

    Martyna – hazelnut gelato is the bomb!! thanks 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley November 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Ooh, oats does sound like a nice addition, give it a spin of healthy hey? 😀 Love your pics, just gorgeous 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie November 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    uh. hello…? these sound and look friggin amazing!!!!! i am resisting dessert but now I want something… resist resist resist!

  • Hannah November 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Oh, Heidi!! I saw the title of this post of yours in Google Reader in one of my half-minute-snatched of Internet yesterday, but had decided to save it until I returned home on Sunday, because I could tell I'd love it. However, after reading your tweet I couldn't wait any longer, and oh! Heidi! You have no idea how wonderful, wonderful it was to read this at the end of my second looooooooong day of work. I still have to really convince myself that, yes, it is me you're talking about sometimes! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    These look incredible, and I know you and I would have an amazing time in the kitchen together swapping tasty balls… I mean bites 😛

    And OI! I-HUA! Are you allowed any dried fruits or sweeteners at all? I could play around with stevia-sweetened nut balls but, to be honest, I'm a bit nervous if not even fruit is allowed?

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Ashley – thanks 🙂

    Michele – hehe oh! did you resist?

    Hannah – glad to have provided some happiness after work, lovely. I would love to swap balls with you one day. BITES, BITES 🙂 Ihua, these are totally fine to eat, imo. but I'm not a diet fan 😉

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef November 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

    How did you just stop at a couple for afternoon tea? You must be very strong willed 🙂

  • Sherilyn @ Wholepromise November 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    These look lovely – bookmarking them for the kids to try this week.

  • hannah November 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Oh my gosh – these look absolutely delicious! I think that I am going to have to have a go at making them…