Hazelnut Energy Bites

Hello my name’s Alice and I’m a Nutella addict.

Correction: I used to be a Nutella addict. When I was a 22-year-old sugar addicted yo-yo dieter I could sink a jar of Nutella in one sitting, whereas now I think it tastes too weak/watery and the sugar is overpowering (sorry Nutella lovers).
Having been baking with unrefined sugars and raw cacao for about two years now I definitely don’t enjoy processed treats as much. Oh dear.. that sounds so high and mighty. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat processed sweets and chocolate occasionally, mainly when I’m bored and too lazy to make my own treats. If I had more self control I’d make these in bulk and freeze them but my consumption rate would just increase and they’d still be finished in the same amount of time.

I like to think of this as a Nutella X Ferrero Rocher hybrid and just to put their taste into perspective I’ve eaten three whilst typing this post. Sorry, not sorry.

Ingredients:

100g dates

75g raw hazelnuts

75g chopped and toasted hazelnuts

45g coconut oil

20g raw cacao

1 tbsp maple syrup

Method:

  • Place the raw hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast at 150C/300F for 10-12 minutes, shake once or twice throughout to avoid burning.
  • Once roasted place in a blender and blitz until they form a smooth paste – this can take quite a few minutes of earsplitting blending and continuous scraping off the sides of the blender but please persevere, you want it to turn into a nut butter.
  • Once the hazelnuts resemble nut butter add the dates, cacao, maple syrup and coconut oil and blend again for about a minute, or until everything is mixed evenly.
  • Decant the batter into a bowl and add the chopped hazelnuts and mash together.
  • Roll into balls and refrigerate to allow to set.

 

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