Who doesn’t love Nutella and sea salt? Make these healthy energy balls made from hazelnuts, cocoa powder, dates, and sea salt for a guilt-free snack!
The day I turned 25 was the start of a crazy crazy time…WEDDING SEASON. I love them not only because I get to see people in my life so in love, but that I have an excuse to dance my ass off for 5 hours straight. Need a dance party starter? HIRE ME! I’ll get the party started 😛
I’m super excited to be going to Chicago this weekend for my cousin’s wedding. There’s nothing better than a family wedding because you know half the crowd. The brother, sister, sister boy and I are all making the 8 hour drive down from Minneapolis to Champaign (okay, not quite Chicago). Yayyyy road trips. All I have to say is thankkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk the lawd I have balls to snack on.
My brother requested that I make him an Oreo-stuffed brownie cookie cake, but instead I shall bring him some Healthy Nutella Energy Balls. Aw yeah…sorry broski.
These balls are glorious. I didn’t actually use any Nutella whatsoever in them, but all the Nutella flavors are involved…
Yup, these have kale in them.
Yah, just kidding. I sorta like to throw curveballs in every once in a while to see if anyone is actually reading what I say 😀
Healthy Nutella Sea Salt Energy Balls
- 2 cups hazelnuts, dry roasted and shelled
- 1 cup fresh medjool dates, pitted
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1–2 teaspoons water*
- pinch of salt
- Place hazelnuts in a high-speed food processor and process on high for about a minute or until you’ve created a meal.
- Add in dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt and process on high for 1 to 2 more minutes, or until the dates have been pulverized into little pieces.
- Check the consistency of the dough. Depending on the freshness of your dates, you might need to add in a teaspoon or two of water to make sure it’s soft enough to roll into balls.
- Using a tablespoon cookie scooper, scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll between your palms to create a ball.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1 ball Calories: 103 Sugar: 9 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 12 Fiber: 2 Protein: 2
Per usual, go check out The Healthy Maven’s energy ball recipe for today. It involves peanut butter AND chocolate. HUZZAH!
Does the hazelnuts have to be roasted? Does that change the flavour? 🙂
Thanks!! It sounds amazing!
I just made these for the first time, and they are delicious! Glad to have those at work to boost my energy level during the day. How long do they stay fresh for? Should they be kept in the fridge or cupboard? Next time, I’ll try another flavor.
Hey Valerie! They should stay good for about a week in the fridge. I typically store them in the freezer though because I make double batches 🙂
HI when you defrost them are the EBS soggy??
These sound wonderful and I can’t wait to make them. When measuring the nuts, do you measure them shelled or unshelled?
hey, how long do these stay fresh for? also do you know if I can freeze them?
I’m excited to try this recipe! I just made your pb & j ball recipe and now I am addicted! In the pb & J ball recipe you had 10 dates about how many dates are in a cup? 5? 10? Thanks 🙂
OMG that is one of my favorite ball recipes! Takes a bit longer to make, but seriously SO GOOD. There are around 10-12 medjool dates in a cup.
I love how sea salt adds the most amazing flavor to sweet treats! These sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them!
Safe travels this weekend! xo
RIGHT?! Sea salt be like….YEAHHHHH.
Hahaha it would be funny if there was kale! Sneaking in some extra nutrients. I wonder if it would even be noticed given the chocolate and the sweetness from the dates.
Would this recipe work for other types of dates, or only medjool?
That’s a good question! I think kale would make the balls go bad faster because it’s a green!
Oh my, I want to make these ASAP! I love the idea of adding sea salt to nutella, the perfect sweet n’ salty combo!
RIGHT?! Sea salt makes the world go round.
LOL Lee, you’re a riot today! 😀 I double read “kale”, somehow I doubted you would add it to Nutella balls 😉 These must taste divine! I love the combo of hazelnuts and chocolate. Goes on my snacks-to-make-this-weekend list. Pinned!
LOL Well I’m glad at least someone is reading what I have to say 😛
Haha I had to read it twice when I saw kale. Maybe you should try it, I guess the flavour would be masked by all the goodies in these balls and they would just have an extra kick of fiber.
🙂 Not sure the addition of kale would do anything for these delicious balls! BLAH!