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Hazelnut Energy Balls

Hazelnut Energy Balls

Looking for a sweet and satisfying snack that you can feel good about indulging in? Look no further than hazelnut energy balls! Made with a blend of deliciously crunchy hazelnuts, rich and indulgent 85% dark chocolate, coconut oil, juicy medjool dates, and a splash of vanilla extract, these little balls of goodness are a tasty and nutritious treat that’s sure to hit the spot on any occasion. Whether you need a boost of energy to power through a busy day, or just want a sweet and satisfying dessert that won’t send your blood sugar levels soaring, hazelnut energy balls are the perfect choice. So why not whip up a batch today and taste the difference for yourself?

Recipe

Makes 8

4.8 oz.  hazelnuts

1 oz.  85% dark chocolate

1 tbsp. coconut oil

8 medjool dates, pitted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

For decoration:

3 oz., 85% dark chocolate, melted

10 hazelnuts, chopped

How to Prepare

Preheat the oven to 320°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay the hazelnuts on the baking sheet and place in the hot oven for 10 minutes, until fragrant and roasted. Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small mixing bowl and melt in the microwave or in a saucepan.

In the bowl of a food processor, add the roasted hazelnuts, pitted medjool dates, vanilla extract and the melted chocolate/coconut oil mixture.

Process for 2-3 minutes, the time required depends on the power of the food processor. The mixture is ready when it forms a sticky batter that comes

together. If too dry, blend in an extra teaspoon of almond milk or water until the dough sticks together.

Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes in a bowl.

Roll 8 even-sized balls, and place on a plate covered with parchment paper.

Decorate the energy balls with a drizzle of melted chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.

Store the energy balls for up to 10 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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