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Hazelnut & Cacoa Crunch Date Balls


Easy and delicious snack with a hazelnut and crunch surprise on the inside.

Who needs a boyfriend when you can have a snack like this! Quick and easy Hazelnut centered cocoa date balls ready to serve as a healthy snack or lunchbox treat.

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Using only 10 wholesome ingredients to make these quick and easy date balls you’ll have snacks for the whole week prepared in no time. These date balls are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.

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I know I know, date balls aka energy bites are so last decade but honestly, I can’t get over them. Such a convenient way to get a healthy dose of healthy fats and protein in with one bite ( maybe two).

So if date balls are so out of fashion, I thought we might as well add a little something new to it, or should I say a little more crunch. Adding puffed brown rice ( gluten-free certified if you’re gf) made all the difference! Almost like a date ball and rice crispy treat rolled into one heavenly bite.

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Hazelnut & Cacoa Crunch Date Balls

Quick and Easy healthy snack for whenever a sweet craving hits.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Lunchbox, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-free, gluten-free, plantbased, raw vegan
Keyword: adaptogens, bliss balls, cacoa nibs, crunch, date balls, hazelnut, Lunchbox, medjool dates, snack, sweet potato
Servings: 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts lightly roasted
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 200 g Medjool dates pitted
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp maca root powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup brown puffed rice or regular rice crispies

Roll-in Options

  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts chopped finely
  • or cacao powder
  • or hemp seeds

Instructions

  • Pulse the lightly roasted hazelnuts in a blender or food processor so that it is roughly chopped.
  • Add the pitted Medjool dates, almond butter, salt, and honey. Blend until thick paste forms.
  • Add in the cacao powder, maca powder, chia seeds, and hemp seeds and mix again until combined.
  • Scoop the sticky and thick paste out into a bowl and add the puffed brown rice in by hand.
  • Measure out 25g (little more than 1 tablespoon) of paste for each ball. Roll each ball in between the palms of your hands. Then make a small hole in the center of each ball using your finger and insert a whole hazelnut into each ball. Pinch the opening closed and roll into a neat ball.
  • Then roll each ball in chopped hazelnuts, cacao powder or hemp seeds.
  • Store the date balls in the fridge to keep them firm and crunchy on the inside.

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