Happy Coeliac Awareness Week!

This week (Monday 9 – Sunday 15 May) marks a fantastic time to raise awareness of coeliac disease, and although many years ago tests revealed I have non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance), I obviously feel very strongly about raising awareness of coeliac disease.

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If you are uncertain whether symptoms you’re experiencing may be coeliac disease, please check out my post about the symptoms and next steps to take. Also check out Coeliac UK, a really helpful charity for anyone who is gluten-free (whether they have coeliac disease or gluten intolerance). Coeliac disease is an auto immune response where your body basically starts fighting itself whenever you ingest gluten…so if you think you might have coeliac disease please get checked out by your GP.

This year I’ve decided to approach awareness week a little differently as you’re bound to read loads of posts online this week all about coeliac disease symptoms, etc (possibly even my own from before)…so this year’s coeliac awareness week blog post acts as a reminder that being gluten-free doesn’t have to mean missing out, because I know that’s one of the worries I had when I first went gluten-free.

So, to take away that concern, here’s a cheeky little recipe I’ve named ‘Natella’ chocolate truffles.

Forgive me for the ridiculously cheesy name but as my name is Natalie and these are hazelnut chocolate truffles, which remind me of Nutella, I couldn’t pass up the chance to sneak my name in there. 😉

Makes 8 balls

Ingredients:

40g hazelnuts (roasted)

10g sunflower seeds

70g dates

15g cacao powder (plus extra if you want to coat the balls)

3 tbsp water

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method:

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor (or I used a Nutribullet) and mix until combined – if you want the truffles completely smooth (with no chunks) then you’ll need to mix for longer than if you fancy a little crunch

Remove the mixture from the food processor and make a small amount into a ball

At this point you can roll the ball in the cacao powder, if you want – the photo shows some with cacao powder coating and some without – they taste amazing either way

Repeat with each ball

These can be eaten immediately, or put in the fridge first – they taste better after at least an hour in the fridge

Enjoy!

Natella-chocolate-truffles

Macros (per ball):

Kcals – 76

Carbs – 8g

Fat – 4g

Protein – 2g

Fibre – 3g