These energy balls marry the flavors of nutty hazelnuts with rich chocolate. They're chewy with a slight crunch and have just enough sweetness to curb a midday or post-dinner sweet tooth.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, June 2020


Recipe Summary

10 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place dates in a small bowl. Cover with hot water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, pulse hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add the dates and 1 tablespoon of the soaking water to the food processor. Add nut butter, cocoa and salt. Process until the nuts are finely chopped. Refrigerate the mixture for 15 minutes.

  • Roll the mixture into 12 balls (about 1 scant tablespoon each). Chop the remaining 2 tablespoons hazelnuts and sprinkle over top, pressing slightly to adhere, if desired. Refrigerate the balls for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 week.


To make ahead: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

119 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 17.3g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugars 14g; fat 5.9g 9% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; vitamin a iu 30.7IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.3mg 1% DV; folate 8.1mcg 2% DV; calcium 18.4mg 2% DV; iron 0.4mg 3% DV; magnesium 20.2mg 7% DV; potassium 175.9mg 5% DV; sodium 12.4mg 1% DV.