Hazelnut & Cacao Energy Balls

Hazelnut & Cacao Energy Balls

Raw Hazelnut and Cacao Balls

Raw Hazelnut and Cacao BallsI seem to be on a Nutella binge at the minute- with pancake day and my previous recipe I just can’t seem to get enough of the uber sweet and uber rich chocolaty, nutty spread. SO in an attempt to prevent myself turning into a jar, and for the sake of my skin, this is my healthier twist on the old classic!

It’s definitely no where near as indulgent but it has been doing a fab job at keeping my cravings at bay & makes the perfect mid-afternoon pick my up when you feel like dropping everything you’re doing and heading for a nap- a major problem when you work from home and your bed is but meters away!

Since unearthing my mums food processor over Christmas when I was back at home I have been experimenting with different ‘raw’ treats and- no word of a lie- I enjoy them just as much as my more indulgent bakes AND they’re just as satisfying, plus you don’t feel so bad when you have a couple in one day- what more could you want?!
Raw Hazelnut and Cacao Balls
INGREDIENTS:

  • 100g Hazelnuts
  • 250g Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1.5 tbsp Cacao
  • 1.5 tbsp Nut Butter- I tend to use almond as I always have it in but if you’re buying ingredients especially using hazelnut butter will add to the Nutella vibes
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Pinch of salt

METHOD:

  1. Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and blitz until they resemble fine breadcrumbs
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is combined, if the mixture seems too dry then add a couple of teaspoon’s of water to help bring everything together
  3. Prepare a tray that’ll fit into your fridge by lining it with baking paper
  4. Take a dessert spoon full of the mixture and roll it into a ball between your hands then place onto the baking tray- this recipe should make around 15 balls
  5. Once you have made balls from all of your mix pop the tray into the fridge and refrigerate for at least an hour- they can be eaten straight away although they might be a little soft.

The best thing about this recipe? (aside from the fact it’s almost healthy and has NO REFINED SUGAR) The balls can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for WEEKS, if you can keep them around that long! I’ve had my current batch in the fridge for 3 weeks and they’re just as good as the day I made them!

Raw Hazelnut and Cacao BallsRaw Hazelnut and Cacao BallsIf you’re a fan of these raw, kinda healthy but still a treat treats then be sure to check out my Homemade Cashew Cookie Bars which could also be made into balls too!

I’m making a real effort to kick my sweet tooth into line and cut down on my snacking so if you’ve got any suggestions please let me know!

Tara xo

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