I came up with this recipe while coming across some store bought versions that I thought looked so tasty, however I didn’t want to shell out $6.99 for 6 little balls. I also had my food demo class coming up at school and thought there was no better time to test out my own version and hey if it failed, at least I had something tasty to eat along the way. Happy to say I came up with these raw nutella balls recipe and I want to share then with YOU!
My obsession with nutella over the years:
Hazelnuts are one of my absolute favourites due in large part to one of my favourite childhood snacks, Nutella. Anyone that knew me back when I was in high school knew that Nutella was my weakness, I seriously loved that stuff. Weekends spent at my grandma’s house always included breadsticks (thin, Italian ones only) and a jar of Nutella. My grandma was probably my earliest supporter of my chocolate addiction, she would sneakily hide Laura Secord mint chocolate bars in my dance bag so that I could “treat myself” after a Saturday morning class. I must have been the only kid with a fancy chocolate bar (well, fancier than a mars bar), but hey that’s what grandma’s are for. She got my addiction in a way that no one could understand, probably because she had one of the biggest sweet tooth’s known to man, seriously no one could get in between her and her ice cream/tartufo/gelato.
So years ago, when I started eating healthier and learning more about nutrition, I stopped buying Nutella and even made my own, it was just as delicious as I had remembered without any of the added ingredients. This reignited my love for hazelnuts again and I started incorporating them more and more into different recipes. When I decided to make a raw energy type ball, I knew I wanted to incorporate hazelnuts, for the nostalgia it provided as well as for that delicious taste.
Raw nutella balls recipe:
These are literally the easiest things in the world to whip up, the longest part of the recipe is rolling them out. They will satisfy your chocolate craving or sweet tooth and also provide a boost of energy to you, so they are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.
This recipe is completely versatile, so feel free to swap out ingredients or add different options to them to suit your own taste.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup raw pecans (or hazelnuts)
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp. raw cacao nibs (optional)
- 1 cup Medjool dates (pitted) (approx. 8-9 dates)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped raw hazelnuts (for the coating)
- Begin by finely chopping your hazelnuts, either by hand or using your food processor, I prefer chopping my own.
- Now add all ingredients, except the chopped up hazelnuts to the food processor.
- Blend and pulse until the mixture comes together and is sticky. If it is too dry and you cannot form into balls without them breaking, feel free to add another half a date or some coconut oil.
- Once the dough has come together, form into bite sized balls using your hands to form.
- Roll them around in the hazelnuts to fully coat them
- Place in the refrigerator (I find they taste best when they have been chilled in the fridge), but it’s up to you.
- They should last for a couple of weeks in the fridge (as if!).
- Total time will vary depending on how fast you can roll your balls.