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. Source:, June 2020

Carolyn Casner


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; 5.9 g total fat; 0.6 g saturated fat; 12 mg sodium. 176 mg potassium; 17.3 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 1.6 g protein; 31 IU vitamin a iu; 8 mcg folate; 18 mg calcium; 20 mg magnesium;