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Nutritious Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls

These chocolate-hazelnut energy bliss balls are an easy and absolutely delicious make-ahead snack! They taste similar to Ferrero Rocher chocolates, but are made with simple, healthy ingredients and are packed with healthy fats and plant-based protein. Vegan, gluten-free, and less than 30 mins to make!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cacao powder, dates, hazelnuts, hemp seeds
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 balls


  • Food processor



  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Spread the raw hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes, until they're lightly toasted and fragrant.
  • Remove from oven and immediately transfer the nuts to a slightly damp dish towel, and rub the skins off. Don't worry if you can't get the skins off completely!
  • Place the toasted hazelnuts into your food processor, and pulse until the nuts are in small pieces (but not a powder).
  • Add the raw cacao powder, pitted medjool dates, hemp seeds, and a pinch of salt to the food processor. Pulse to combine with the hazelnuts. Once combined, you can start to add in water to help everything stick together. I found that 2 tablespoons of water worked perfectly, but you can continue to add more if that's not enough to make things stick.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and scoop about a tablespoon's worth into your hand. Roll the mixture into balls.
  • Place the finished energy bites onto a plate or baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes to let them set. Enjoy immediately, or transfer to an airtight container for storage!


*SERVINGS: Recipe makes 8-10 balls, depending on size
*STORAGE: Store your finished bliss balls in an airtight container. They can be kept in the fridge for about 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If storing in the freezer, be sure to let them thaw for a few minutes before eating (to allow them to soften)!
*MEAL PREP: These chocolate hazelnut bliss balls can be packed with you to work or school as a healthy, grab-and-go snack. Just pack a couple in a little baggy or container and throw them in your bag!
  • Because this energy ball recipe is meant to have a very distinct taste, I would NOT recommend swapping the hazelnuts for another nut. Technically, you can - but it'll change the flavour immensely!
  • If you can't find raw cacao powder, you are welcome to use an unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Hemp seeds work great in this, but you could potentially swap them with another seed like chia, flax, or sunflower seeds.