Cacao & Hazelnut Energy Balls

This is quite possibly my favourite energy ball recipe. Probably because I’m mad about chocolate and hazelnuts. In my opinion, their one of the best food combos there is. These are so soft and gooey with a rich chocolate flavour and deep nuttiness from the hazelnuts. I would really recommend roasting the hazelnuts first as it really brings out the depth of flavour. They taste almost too good to be healthy but I haven’t used any sweetener apart from dates and this makes them even more chocolaty and delicious. I don’t use medjool dates in my energy balls as they are expensive. I just use regular ones and soak them in boiling water for about 15 minutes. But you can definitely use medjool dates if you have them. I actually have to restrain myself from eating the whole mixture when rolling them out because its slightly warm (from the soaked dates) and tastes like raw brownie mix! Heaven!! They only take 5 minutes to make from 5 simple ingredients. Plus, they are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

Ingredients

Makes about 12 (I never really know because I eat too much of the mixture!)

200g Pitted Dates
120g Hazelnuts
2 tbsp Raw cacao powder
2 tbsp Cacao nibs
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
Chocolate hazelnut butter, optional (see below)

Method

  1. Start by roasting the hazelnuts for 12 minutes at 180 C, then set aside to cool completely.
  2. Put the hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped but not too fine.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it comes together to form a nice sticky dough.
  4. Roll the mixture into evenly sized balls and place in the fridge for an hour to set.
  5. Store in the fridge, bringing them to room temperature before eating.

Want to make these even more heavenly and delicious? I’ve tried filling them with chocolate hazelnut butter before and they tasted INSANE! See my tip below for the best nut butters.

All you have to do is set them in the fridge for an hour, cut each energy ball in half, hollow out the centre of each half so you have a small hole and fill with nut butter. Gently press the halves together and return to the fridge. YUM!!

TIPS

My favourite chocolate hazelnut butters are Pip & Nut’s Chocolate Coconut Hazelnut Butter and Meridian’s Cocoa & Hazelnut Butter. Both are absolutely divine and are free of palm oil and refined sugars.

Making these energy balls? Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to see your recreations! Spread more energy ball love by commenting below!

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