Homemade Nutella Truffles (Low Carb and Gluten-Free) and a Thank You

The internet is a weird and wonderful place. At times, it can be overwhelming, almost scary in its vast size and reach. But if you can carve out your own little niche and find like minds, it can become something of a community and support system. Seven or eight years ago, had you told me that some of my closest friends would be people I met over the internet, I would have laughed in your face. It just seemed like such a creepy way to meet people. But after my experience with online mothers support groups and parenting forums, I now know just what an asset the internet can be in our sometimes isolating society. And this point has been driven home to me numerous times as a food blogger. Even more so now as I go through a very hectic, somewhat overwhelming time in my life.

I am very fortunate to be a part of some amazing foodblogging support groups. Some of these are organized entities, like Foodbuzz, Boston Food Bloggers, and Foodblogs.com. Others are smaller, informal collections of foodbloggers who make a concerted effort to support each others’ posts. There is no doubt in my mind that each and every one of these groups has help me grow my blog exponentially. But these groups require my effort too, and I usually pride myself in being an active member of the foodblogging community, supporting my fellow bloggers wherever I can. Over the past few months, however, I’ve found myself falling further and further behind. With some personal and professional issues to attend to, I’ve had less time, energy and motivation for my own blog, let alone supporting other people’s.

I was feeling mighty guilty about this fact and struggling to keep up, when I finally hit the breaking point. I knew something had to give. So I quietly informed some of my blogging friends of my struggles, and asked them to forgive my absence and lack of support. I simply cannot tell you the wonderful, warm, caring response I received. Everyone has offered their sympathies, their support and their help. And without my asking, everyone has made an effort to promote my less frequent posts, to the point where my blog has suffered little to no slip in readership. All without asking anything of me in return. I cannot tell you how much this means to me. I was beginning to feel like my blog was a huge burden and that I would not be able to continue. Now I know I can weather this storm with the help of my friends and keep on doing what I love. What an amazing feeling.

So this recipe goes out to all my beloved blogging friends – you know who you are! I created it a couple of weeks ago but hadn’t had the time to do anything with it. Nutella is adored in the foodblogging world, so what better way to toast my fellow bloggers. Of course, I can’t eat real Nutella, but I do make my own low carb version and it is delicious. I decided to work it into a delectable truffle and was very pleased with the results.

Thanks to all of you. You are wonderful!

Homemade Nutella Truffles

8 tbsp butter
6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup homemade nutella (recipe below)
1/3 cup powdered erythritol
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp hazelnut or vanilla extract
25 drops stevia extract
1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts

In medium saucepan over low heat, melt together butter, unsweetened chocolate, nutella and erythritol, stirring until smooth. Add cocoa powder and stir until fully combined. Off heat, stir in hazelnut or vanilla extract and stevia.

Chill mixture until firm but still scoopable, about 2 to 3 hours. Scoop into 1 inch balls, rolling between palms to form. Roll balls in chopped hazelnuts.

Homemade Nutella:

3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and husked
3 tbsp vegetable or nut oil
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp erythritol, preferably powdered
1/2 tsp vanilla

For the nutella, grind hazelnuts in a food processor until finely ground and beginning to clump together. Add remaining nutella ingredients and continue to process until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides of processor with a rubber spatula as needed. If you find it continues to clump together, add more oil, a little at a time, until a spreadable consistency is achieved.

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Comments

  1. Awesome recipe. You do excellent work; hope things get easier.

  2. Sending much love your way! And if there's anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to ask. Wishing you joy today and everyday!

  3. What a great post :) I've only recently joined food blogging, and I already am in awe at the spirit of the group and the work required. Still, I love it.
    I hope everything will go well for you, and my, do these truffles look fantastic! I can never resist Nutella!

  4. I am so glad that you are going to continue your blog. These Nutella truffles are fabulous, just like you are :-)

  5. I hope everything is ok, Carolyn. There are a lot of blogging "rules" I tried to keep up with that completely overwhemled me. At a certain point I had to just cut back on commenting and I gave up trying to keep a posting scedule. I found it almost liberating to just do what I want when I want, and the readers keep coming. I'm sure people will keep coming here no matter how often you post too (I know I will!)
    Take care of yourself!

  6. Carolyn I love you to pieces. I hope we can meet up some day for real! ;) With our kiddos being young it may be a while before we can get away- but someday! I hope you always know that I'm in your corner cheering you on. I'm also in the crowd holding up a huge sign and screaming my head off for you! xoxo

  7. Whatever it is you're going through, I hope it gets easier in the near future and is soon to be a fading vision in the rearview mirror of your life. This is a lovely recipe but what's more – it's a lovely testament to community – in all of its forms. Big (virtual) hugs.

  8. You just remember that your blog is something you do for fun :) Once it stops being fun, you don't do it anymore. We all have fun reading your blog and if you're only able to update once a week or heck even once a month, we'll be there to read it and support you!

    Buzzed!

  9. RavieNomNoms says:

    I hear ya Carolyn. Things have been a struggle for me too as of late and I am so glad that you got the support you needed. You more than deserve that is for sure! Whether or not you choose to stick with the blog or take a break, or even stop doing it completely am I positive you will have support from many, including myself!

  10. Real friends and support can often come from the most unlikely of places. Here's to your continuing strength and weathering this storm with ease and here's also to your friends who do support you; sometimes we just have to ask. Take good care!

  11. Sorry to hear you're going through a rough patch/busy time right now. Hopefully things smooth themselves out for you here quickly! It's a great feeling though to know there are people out there who have your back, even if you've never met them. Just remember, take care of you first! The blog and all the catching up definitely comes much farther down the list.

  12. These are just delightful! Sending you big hugs Carolyn and hoping that things get less hectic for you very soon!

  13. You are one amazing lady, and I support you and adore you from beginning! Your nutella truffles are not only looking amazing but so delicious too!!!
    Wishing you fantastic day..

  14. I'm sorry you've been having a rough time. I've been so busy with work (real job, he, he) I find it hard to keep up too, but when I just decided to do it because I care about the friends I've made and the interest I have in their lives, then everything seemed to fall into place and I'm okay with whatever comes of it. You are talented, creative and I'm sure fun to hang with in real life. Sending a hug your way.
    -GIna-

  15. I'm not surprised that you have gotten so much support, Carolyn! You are a talented blogger and such a warm person that all of us would be happy to help. Love these truffles.

  16. I'd be happy to keep visiting your blog even if you only posted once a month (or even less often than that, for that matter). I've often wondered how you do keep up the pace, considering that I don't even have time to try out most of your recipes, and I wasn't the one developing, testing, and photographing them! Please do what you need to do — the Internets will wait for you.

  17. Sending hugs to you – what a great recipe!

  18. They look amazing!
    Have some relaxing time, Carolyn!

  19. Big hugs to you love. These truffles look divine!

  20. Always here for you. Just shout when you need something!

  21. I'm sending lots of big hugs your way and hoping things will work out for you soon. Thank you for the amazing tuffle. xo

  22. Im soa sorry you are going through struggles. ((Hugs)) I adore your blog!! Just post when you can. People understand. Thanks for the new recipe. Keep them coming…when you can. ;)

  23. Another fabulous recipe, Carolyn!!! You constantly amaze me!!! There is no way you can do it ALL…I am finding myself in the same boat (although I'm not writing a cookbook on top of everything else!). There is just not enough time to comment back to everyone (still struggling with letting this go) and take care of the home and family. Your blog is top notch and you are so kind and genuine, that it's no surprise you have plenty of support!

  24. Maria Emmerich says:

    Oh boy! I'm in trouble!!! YUM

  25. Nice recipe and trust me I think evertone understands when the day to day just gets to be too much

  26. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Sending you lots of love Carolyn, you take care of yourself and don't feel guilty. You are one of the most supportive bloggers I know and we all go through periods we can't do everything we wish we could. Hang in there, we're all here for you.

  27. Oh gorgeous Nutella…love these low-carb truffles. yes, there are some amazing people in this little food blogging community. I can attest to that through my own experiences last year. Love you and am always here for you sweet friend.xo

  28. sending you a HUGE hug and I'm so glad you have felt the love that you give out! Those truffles look wonderful!!!

  29. I'm very glad you've gotten support and understanding that you need (and deserve!) :) For one thing, your posts are always so wonderful that even if they vary in frequency, it is certainly worth visiting to see recipes like this. Even for a non-low-carbohydrate reader!

  30. thanks super

  31. I love your postings no matter how frequent they may be. Who wouldn't want these Nutella truffles.

  32. Huge hug Carolyn – hope things settle down for you soon. Your friends and fans will be here for you.

  33. Ugh, Carolyn. I feel awful that I haven't been around. We're overwhelmed, but in different ways with Hubby's continued under-employment and increasing belt-tightening. I find myself trudging through the day without looking at the flowers and sky like I used to. Same goes when I'm on the 'net. I get done what I 'have' to and then turn my attention back to household matters. I'm so sorry that I've missed all this and hope and pray that things will turn around for you. The sun really does shine every day; sometimes we just can't see it. Hugs.

  34. I forgot to add you to my blogroll six months ago, Carolyn. You're there now. Best wishes!____-Steve

  35. TheBakerChick says:

    Sending you lots of love Carolyn! These truffles look amazing! Who doesn't love nutella right? I'm glad you're powering through this rough spot, because your presence in the blog community is really important!

  36. We love you too, honey! Awesome truffles. :)

  37. I was just thinking about you last night. I hope you know how much I care about you and if there's something I can help you with don't hesitate to ask. You're a big part of the reason I'm still blogging today and will always have my support.

  38. acommunaltable says:

    I think everyone can relate Carolyn – sometimes life can definitely be overwhelming! Which is why it's important to have a supply of these truffles on hand! I hope life calms down a bit for you this year!!!

  39. These look fabulous! Hope things are getting better

  40. Carolyn, I hope everything is okay. We'll all be here supporting you and reading your delicious recipes no matter what. Sending good vibes your way…

  41. Thank you for everything you do, Carolyn. I only know you through your blog, as a reader and low carber, but I can tell you are a warm, wonderful, loving human being. Best of luck with all you're working on. I hope things feel calmer to you soon. You ARE so very much appreciated.

  42. Carolyn, thank you for this recipe! I made some homemade Nutella myself the other day, though I think I added a bit too much vanilla.I can't wait to try these!

    Your words reminded me of a fitting comment a beloved high school teacher made to me when I was going through my own hard times…. "This life is never fair or easy, but you must always remember you never need to go through it alone."

    Take care of yourself! Be good to yourself! You are only one person :) You can't do it all, and there's nothing wrong with that :)

  43. hope all is well in your end
    delicious looking truffles

  44. I am so happy to hear that you are going to keep blogging! I love your blog and check in on it all the time to look at your new posts, but I also am in love with the abundance of recipes that are archived here–if you haven't posted something new, I just check out some of the older ones! Every recipe on here is absolutely delicious–I, for one, think you are a low carb, gluten free genius! Thank you for all of your hard work–it is much appreciated.

  45. I`ve always thought you were a blogging machine — I am even happier to know you now that you have proved yourself human! I`m glad you have decided to put yourself and your family first. I can`t believe any of us would cease stopping by the wonderful place you have created here. Heck, I don`t ever eat low carb/gluten free, but I stop by here regularly just to read your fabulous, community-minded post.

    All the best as we begin the New Year.

    Theresa

  46. I think many of us go through periods of time where blogging needs to take a back seat to other things in our lives that are more important. I always say life and family first, blogging second! We all love you and will always be here! These nutella truffles look AMAZING!

  47. food_dreamer says:

    Thank you, Nikki. That made my day. Truly.

    Carolyn

    Blog: All Day I Dream About Food
    URL: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com

  48. Carolyn, you are a treasure my friend, and an integral part of this wonderful food blogging community.
    I know what you mean about time, this year has been especially difficult, and i miss leaving comments for all my friends. But it's because this community is caring and giving, it understands and stands by us.
    Thank you for everything you do, and for all you share with us, you are a shining star!

  49. Carolyn, I can totally relate – believe me! There are times when hubby and the kids ask why I'm cooking less and worse, spending less time with them. I'm supposed to be concentrating on manuscripts and yet the blog always takes over – simply because it's fun and as you say, it's a great way to interact with like-minded online friends.
    Good luck on your projects and bravo for yet another incredible low-carb, low-sugar sweet treat. Just remember to "keep the heid" as we say in Scotland. Stay cool. Hang in there!

  50. I agree with you the online community is an amazing place! I also understand that continual posting can get hard at times, especially when other issues of life need attending to. Nice to see this post though. Looks delicious. Take care!

  51. Carolyn,
    Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, and I think that all of us out here understand this. Many of us struggle with balance between blogging and taking care of the home front and other commitments. Thank you for all have you have done and continue to do to give us the quality low carb and gluten free recipes and posts.

  52. Trust me when I say you are not the only one who feels like this sometimes. I have a few back up posts to help me out when I need a rest for a week or two. Pace yourself and learn to say no sometimes. If you only post for a week or a month then so be it. For some of us who actually have a full time job, it can be really hard. I do this because I love it and when I stop loving it, then I will quit.

  53. I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling lately, but take as much time as you need to work things out… It can be hard to keep up with a blog — I've learned this, too. It's never easy and sometimes we need to take time off for ourselves. You have my support, whatever you do!

  54. These truffles look great! Your blog is always the first one I turn to when I am looking for low carb treats! :)

  55. Carolyn my dear I am so sorry to read about this. Blogging can be overwhelming in the best of circumstances but add life issues and it is downright problematic. I hope for the best and if you ever need anything let me know. Even if it's just an ear. Much love! xx

  56. As my boss always tells me when I feel like I'm going through a trying time and need to make more time for myself than my work, "life happens." I hope everything's OK. We all understand life gets hectic, and if that means you need to take more time for yourself and your family and put your blog a little in the background, that's fine. We'll all be here when you are able to post. :) Because when you make things as fabulous as homemade Nutella, why would we go anywhere else?!

  57. Thank you for doing what you do. After Alex was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, yours words were the first words of encouragement I read. Thank you. Fabulous truffle recipe. Can't wait!

  58. Blogging is filled with such sweet people, nice to know they are there to support you. Take care and thanks for another great recipe!

  59. Your truffles look enticing and how wonderful to have a recipe for homemade Nutella. My kids are grown and out of the house but it was always a favorite of theirs. I would have felt so much better feeding it to them had I known for sure what was in it. I will pass this recipe on to my daughter who is the mother of my four grand kids.
    I find it challenging posting to and promoting my blog too and as I shared, I don't have small kids at home. One of the loveliest things about blogging is the ability to share candidly about life. On top of producing an exquisite blog with professional pictures and yummy recipes, you have also shared your challenges with everyday life which makes all of us feel just that much more human.

    Namaste

  60. I feel the same sense of guilt but we all need a little break sometimes. I've missed you and was happy to see you back today with the chili roundup!

  61. Great post! Nutella truffles? Who can resist! :) I love your blog, Carolyn! I know what you mean about not being able to handle it all… I've been away from my blog for far too long now… and all my blog friends have been so supportive! It's a great community to be a part of! :)

  62. I'm adding one more hug to those you've already received. Blogging can be overwhelming sometimes and take over your life if you let it. I sometimes get so behind in reading all the emails and don't think I'll ever catch up. We all take it one email, one comment and one bite at a time. Glad you're not giving up.

  63. The truffles look wonderful.

  64. Anything Nutella flavored is my thing. Thanks for posting this truffle recipe. The fact that it is low carb makes it even more special. Great post!

  65. Would it be possible to use hazelnut meal in place of the hazelnuts? If so, do I still need to toast them and process before adding the other stuff?

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