Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Balls

These hazelnut protein balls are a delicious, healthy snack made with hazelnut meal, nut butter, raw cacao, maca powder, vanilla, salt, and dates. They’re perfect for an energy boost anytime, and they’re easy to make with only a handful of ingredients.

How to Make Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls

These hazelnut protein balls are a delicious, healthy snack made with hazelnut meal, coconut oil, raw cacao, maca powder, vanilla, salt, and stevia. They’re perfect for an energy boost anytime, and they’re easy to make with only a handful of ingredients.

If you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious snack, you need to try making these chocolate hazelnut balls. Trust me, they’re super easy to whip up and perfect for a quick energy boost or a healthy treat. Imagine biting into a little ball of rich, nutty flavor combined with raw cacao’s deep, chocolatey goodness and a hint of sweet vanilla. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Plus, they’re packed with wholesome ingredients to fuel you throughout the day.

Why Hazelnuts Are Amazing

I must say, hazelnuts are my absolute favorite nuts, especially from Poland, where they’re so popular. You can find them everywhere and harvest them. These little gems have been loved for centuries in Europe, particularly Italy, Germany, and France. They have this incredibly rich, buttery flavor with just a touch of sweetness. It’s no wonder they’re perfect for both sweet and savory recipes.

The Magic of Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are really something special. First off, their flavor is just unbeatable. They have this rich, nutty taste that pairs well with many ingredients. Whether it’s in desserts, baked goods, or even savory dishes, hazelnuts bring a unique depth of flavor that’s hard to resist.

But it’s not just about the taste. Hazelnuts are also packed with nutrients. They’re full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, they’re a fantastic source of vitamin E and antioxidants. So, not only do they taste great, but they’re also super good for you.

And let’s talk versatility. You can use hazelnuts in so many ways. Roast them for a crunchy snack, grind them into a meal for baking, blend them into a creamy nut butter, or even turn them into a delicious spread like Nutella. They’re also fantastic in classic desserts like pralines, truffles, and biscotti. The possibilities are endless!

What You Can Make with Hazelnuts

There are just so many delicious things you can make with hazelnuts. One of my favorites is a hazelnut spread. You blend roasted hazelnuts into a smooth, creamy spread that’s perfect on toast or as a dip for fruit. It’s so simple but so good.

Then, there are baked goods. Adding hazelnut meal to cakes, cookies, and muffins gives them this amazing rich, nutty flavor and extra moisture. And if you’ve never tried making hazelnut butter, you’re missing out. It’s delicious spread on bread, added to smoothies, or just eaten by the spoonful.

Hazelnuts also work great in desserts. Think chocolates, truffles, and pastries. They add this delightful crunch and flavor that’s just unbeatable. And if you’re into savory dishes, sprinkle some chopped hazelnuts over salads or use them as a crust for meats and fish for added texture and flavor.

You can even make hazelnut milk. Just blend hazelnuts with water to create a creamy, dairy-free milk that’s perfect for smoothies, cereals, or coffee. It’s a great alternative to regular milk and tastes fantastic.

Why You Should Make These Hazelnut Protein Balls

Now, let’s talk about these chocolate hazelnut energy balls. They’re seriously a game-changer. First off, they’re packed with all the good stuff—hazelnut meal, raw cacao, and maca powder. So, every bite gives you a boost of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. It’s like a little nutritional powerhouse.

And they’re perfect for when you need a quick energy boost. Whether it’s a pre-workout snack or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, these protein balls have got you covered. Just grab one (or two), and you’re good to go.

What I love most is how easy they are to make. There’s no baking involved. Just mix the ingredients, roll them into balls, and chill. That’s it! In just a few minutes, you’ll have a batch of delicious protein balls ready to enjoy.

Plus, they’re totally customizable. Feeling creative? Add in some chia seeds, dried fruit, or your favorite protein powder. These balls are your canvas, so go wild!

And the flavor—oh man. Imagine the rich, nutty taste of hazelnuts combined with the deep, chocolatey cacao and the sweet hint of vanilla. It’s like a flavor bomb in every bite. So satisfying and delicious.

They’re also perfect for on-the-go snacking. Toss them in your bag, and you’re set for any snack emergency. And because they’re sweetened with stevia, you get all the sweetness without the sugar crash. It’s a guilt-free treat that you can feel good about eating.

Ingredients For Chocolate Hazelnuts Protein Balls

Hazelnut Meal

Hazelnut meal is the finely ground form of raw hazelnuts, offering a rich, nutty flavor and a good dose of protein and healthy fats. It’s the perfect base for our protein balls, adding both taste and texture.

Nut Butter

Nut butter helps bind the ingredients together. Packed with healthy fats and protein that provide long-lasting energy. You can use peanut butter, almond butter, or hazelnut butter.

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao gives these protein balls a deep, chocolatey flavor without the added sugars in regular chocolate. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants that benefit your health.

Maca Powder

Maca powder, derived from a root vegetable, is known for its energy-boosting properties. It adds a unique, malty taste.

Vanilla Extract

With its sweet and aromatic notes, a touch of vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor.

Medjool Dates

They help bind the ingredients together and add sweetness to the balls.

Sea Salt

A pinch of salt balances the sweetness and brings out the flavors of the other ingredients, ensuring each bite is perfectly seasoned.

How to Make it

Presoak pitted dates for about 1 hour.

Combine the hazelnut meal, raw cacao, maca powder, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir well to ensure the dry ingredients are evenly distributed.

Add dates to the high speed blender or food processor with the pitted dates and pulse them. Add nut butter and pulse it again. Don’t over-blend, or it’ll become a nut butter.

Transfer dates to a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together and ensure everything is evenly incorporated.

Once the mixture is well combined, use your hands to form small balls. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add more nut butter, melted coconut oil or maple syrup. 

Aim for bite-sized balls that are easy to snack on.

Place the formed balls on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper. You can roll them in a hazelnut meal, maca powder, or shredded coconut. Put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up. This will help them hold their shape and enhance their texture.

Tips and Variations

  • Add-ins: For extra texture and nutrition, feel free to mix in other ingredients like chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, or dried fruit.
  • Flavor Boost: You can add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for a different flavor profile.
  • Protein Powder: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder if you want an extra protein boost. Just adjust the wet ingredients to maintain the right consistency.

Storage

Store these chocolate hazelnut protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze them for up to a month and enjoy a quick, nutritious snack anytime.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on these hazelnut chocolate balls and enjoy a delicious, nutritious, and downright fun snack. Gather your ingredients, get mixing, and roll your way to a batch of these easy snacks. With these wholesome ingredients, you can create a batch of Hazelnut Protein Balls that are delicious and packed with nutrients. They’re easy to make, require no baking, and are perfect for on-the-go snacking. So, why not treat yourself to these delightful bites? Make a batch today and enjoy the rich, nutty, and chocolatey flavors that will energize and satisfy you throughout your day.

Happy snacking!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Balls

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Balls

These hazelnut protein balls are a delicious, healthy snack made with hazelnut meal, coconut oil, raw cacao, maca powder, vanilla, salt, and stevia. They're perfect for an energy boost anytime, and they're easy to make with only a handful of ingredients.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: European, Paleo, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Balls, Energy Balls, Hazelnut Bliss Balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Angie

Ingredients

  • 14 oz hazelnut meal
  • 1/2 cup nut butter more if needed
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao
  • 3 tbsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • salt pinch
  • maple syrup if needed
  • coconut oil melted if needed
  • sesame seeds, shredded coconut , fax seed, hemp seed for rolling the balls

Instructions

  • Presoak pitted dates for about 1 hour.
    Combine the hazelnut meal, raw cacao, maca powder, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir well to ensure the dry ingredients are evenly distributed.
    Add dates to the high speed blender or food processor with the pitted dates and pulse them. Add nut butter and pulse it again. Don't over-blend, or it'll become a nut butter.
    Transfer dates to a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together and ensure everything is evenly incorporated.
    Once the mixture is well combined, use your hands to form small balls. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add more nut butter, melted coconut oil or maple syrup. 
    Aim for bite-sized balls that are easy to snack on.
    Place the formed balls on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper. You can roll them in a hazelnut meal, maca powder, or shredded coconut. Put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up. This will help them hold their shape and enhance their texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg
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