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!
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!*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
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.