Chocolate-Hazelnut Energy Balls


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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 balls


  • 10 pitted dates

  • cup hazelnuts, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish

  • ¼ cup chocolate hazelnut butter, such as Justin's

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • Pinch of salt


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

119 Calories
6g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 ball
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g 3%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 31IU 1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 8mcg 2%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 20mg 5%
Potassium 176mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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