Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Balls

stack of hazelnut energy balls on plate with jar of hazelnuts in background

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5 from 2 reviews

These Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Balls are the best healthy snack, that doubles as a little treat! Made with just four ingredients, ready in less than 20 minutes. Vegan, paleo and no added sugar.


  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
  • 10 large Medjool dates (175g)
  • 2 1/2 TBSP cacao powder or unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 TBSP water


  1. Toast hazelnuts: Preheat oven to 325ºF. Lay out the hazelnuts in a flat layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow them to cool and simply rub the hazelnuts on the baking sheet and the skins should fall right off.
  2. Add toasted hazelnuts, soaked/drained pitted dates, cacao powder and vanilla extract to bowl of food processor. Using S-blade, process until mixture breaks down, about 1 minute. Add 1-2 TBSP of water as needed to get mixture sticky. Little tiny bits of hazelnuts can remain, but mixture should hold together when pressed. See pictures in post for visual. 
  3. Remove S-blade and use a heaping rounded tablespoon to roll into balls. You can also press into a lined 8×8 pan if you’d like to make bars. Store in fridge, about 2 weeks. Or freeze and best used within 3-4 months.


If dipping in melted chocolate, I used about 2 ounces of chopped chocolate (then melted) per about 8 energy balls.