31 Jul Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Balls
Energy balls or power balls are always in rotation in my house. Everyone is very active in our family and because of their combinations of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and super ingredients, we all find these snacks to be complete, boosting and delicious. My daughter likes the peanut butter ones while my son prefers oat versions. My husband and I enjoy anything that is crunchy and that has a high nut content! This version reminds me of Ferrero Rocher treats which I used to love when I was younger. I much prefer treats that nourish me today and I like them with a little less sweetness to not get that sugar crush after indulging. These energy balls are perfect, they taste yummy and they provide real lasting energy!
- 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skin removed *
- ¾ cups almonds, toasted *
- 1 cup packed medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend starting at a low speed and gradually increasing to a higher speed.
- You will have to stop the machine, open it and stir with a spoon a few times so that all ingredients blend equally.
- Once you’ve achieved a sticky paste with some texture, you can stop.
- You take approx. 1 tbsp. of mix at a time and form into a ball.
- Once all energy balls have been formed, cover with a plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container and refrigerate to get a firmer texture.
- Keep in the refrigerator for approximately 1 week or keep frozen for a few months. You will see, these taste amazing!!
*In order to toast hazelnuts and almonds, place on a baking tray in a 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. The almonds are ready as is but for the hazelnuts you will want to remove the skins that have a somewhat bitter taste. In order to do so, once they are still hot but not burning (they should have darkened quite a bit but should not be burned), put them into a clean dish towel and rub them against each other into the towel. When you open the towel, you will see most skins should be removed and the hazelnuts should be smooth.