These keto chocolate hazelnut truffles are little bites of sugar-free heaven. With a creamy center and a crunchy exterior, they rival the famous Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
Made with my homemade sugar-free Nutella, these truffles are dairy-free too!
Ferrero Rocher truffles hold a very special place in my heart. Someone always gave my family a box around the holidays, and the pretty gold foil balls made a great addition to our cookie tray.
Over the years, I have given almost all of my favorite Christmas cookies a keto-friendly makeover. I have recipes for everything from keto snowballs to tender keto shortbread. I even have a recipe for sugar-free mincemeat!
So it’s about time I made my own healthier keto Ferrero Rocher. Now my tray of keto holiday cookies will look that much more festive.
Easy keto Nutella truffles
These delicious keto truffles start with a base of sugar-free Nutella. My popular keto chocolate hazelnut spread is easy to make and takes only a handful of ingredients.
Properly roasted hazelnuts are key here. And if you want to amp up the hazelnut flavor for these copycat Ferrero Rocher, I recommend using some toasted hazelnut oil in the spread instead of coconut oil.
If you want to make this recipe even easier, you can also use store-bought chocolate hazelnut spread. There are many keto-friendly option. We love the one from ChocZero, as it’s super creamy and tastes like rich chocolate frosting!
- Unsweetened chocolate – 100% cacao, with no sweeteners at all.
- Keto Nutella – you have a few choices, including homemade.
- Cocoa butter – helps firm the filling and make the coating less melty.
- Powdered sweetener – I recommend Swerve Confectioners.
- Hazelnut extract – helps amp up the hazelnut flavor but skip it if you can’t find it.
- Roasted hazelnuts – 12 whole nuts for the centers and finely chopped for the outside of the truffles.
- Sugar-free dark chocolate – for the outer coating (optional)
How to make keto Ferrero Rocher
Once you’ve chosen your chocolate hazelnut spread, the rest of this recipe is easy. Here are my best tips for getting it right:
- Melt the ingredients gently. Unsweetened and sugar-free chocolate are finicky and prone to seizing. I always recommend melting it in a double boiler, stirring frequently. Remove the bowl from over the pan once the mixture is smooth.
- Cocoa butter helps the chocolate melt more smoothly as well. If you can’t find it, use a tablespoon of hazelnut oil.
- Add some sweetener. The keto nutella won’t be sweet enough to give the truffles the right flavor. Stick with powdered sweeteners, to avoid grittiness.
- Refrigerate to firm up. The filling mixture needs to refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to be firm enough to work with. If it becomes too firm to scoop into balls, let it sit on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Keep some hazelnuts whole. Classic Ferrero Rocher have a hazelnut in the center of each truffle. I got 12 truffles so I used 12 whole hazelnuts.
- Roll the truffles. Chop the remaining hazelnuts finely so that you can roll each truffle and get a good coating.
- Dip in chocolate. The final chocolate coating is completely optional, and the truffles are delicious either way. I like doing half coated and half not, for variation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some natural food stores, such as Whole Foods, carry it in the baking aisle. But I typically purchase mine from Amazon or Thrive Market.
Absolutely but I recommend using the powdered (Confectioners) version in both the sugar-free Nutella and the truffles. The bulk helps them both up properly firm up properly but also avoids the grittiness of granular sweeteners.
Yes, you can simply skip the hazelnut extract altogether. It just adds a little more flavor to the truffles.
To roast and husk hazelnuts, simply spread them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Then rub the hazelnuts with your fingers (after they cool a bit!) to take off most of the husk. Some of it will not come off, which is normal.
Perfect for Gift Giving!
Want to make these keto Ferrero Rocher truffles look like the real thing? Grab some of these gold foil candy wrappers! Then place them in a pretty candy box for friends and family.
Keto Nutella Truffles Recipe
- In a heatproof bowl set over pan of barely simmering water, combine the chocolate, hazelnut spread, and cocoa butter. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Stir in the powdered sweetener and the hazelnut extract until well combined. Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, until the mixture is firm.
- With your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter (you should get about 12 balls). Flatten each ball into a disc. Place a roasted hazelnut in the center of each and fold back into a ball around the hazelnut.
- Chop the remaining hazelnuts finely, and roll the balls in the chopped nuts.
Chocolate Coating (optional)
- To dip the truffles in chocolate, set them on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and freeze at least 2 hours.
- In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate and cocoa butter together until smooth.
- Dip the frozen truffles into the melted chocolate, and lift out with a fork. Tap the fork lightly on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place back on the lined cookie sheet to set.