Chocolate Hazelnut Balls (Copycat Ferrero Rocher)

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Homemade chocolate hazelnut balls made with only six real-food ingredients. They taste like Ferrero Rocher candies but are healthier, gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly.

Ohh man. I don’t know if you’re ready for these chocolate hazelnut balls. They’re my take on homemade Ferrero Rocher (aka one of my favorite candies growing up). They’re such an easy dessert to make and are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bite in front with additional energy bites in the background on a white plate.

Ferrero Rocher Made Healthier

Store-bought Ferrero Rocher are delicious, but they’re made with some not-so-healthy-for-you ingredients like milk chocolate, white sugar and palm oil. In true EBF fashion, I decided to make a homemade version that’s sweetened with just a touch of pure maple syrup (and chocolate chips if you use them) and made with only SIX real-food ingredients. They taste just like the real deal… some taste-testers have even said that they like them better than the original candies. Go figure! 🙂

Overhead shot of homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bites on a white plate with hazelnuts around the plate.

Here’s What You Need

You only need six simple ingredients to make this tasty treat:

  • hazelnuts – you’ll need 14 whole hazelnuts plus additional to chop up and coat the outside.
  • cocoa powder –  for an extra chocolate boost. Cacao powder also works.
  • maple syrup – you can swap in honey if you don’t need these balls to be vegan.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • sea salt – another flavor enhancer. Salt really helps to bring the flavors of any dish together.
  • chocolate chips – I like using Lily’s dark chocolate chips to keep this recipe low in sugar and dairy-free.
Homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bite in front, chopped in half to show the hazelnut in the center of the bite.

How to Make Chocolate Hazelnut Balls

Chop hazelnuts – add 1 cup hazelnuts into a food processor fitted with the S-blade and process until hazelnuts are chopped into small pieces.

Combine ingredients – add cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt and chocolate chips (if using) into the processor and pulse a few more times, until the ingredients start to stick together. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little water, 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture holds together well enough to be formed into balls. Be sure not to add too much water.

Form into balls – roll the mixture into bite-size balls and insert one hazelnut into the center of each, forming the ball around it. This step is totally optional but makes the bites more like the traditional Ferrero Rocher.

Coat balls with hazelnuts – chop the remaining 4 hazelnuts into tiny pieces. Roll each ball in the mixture to coat the outside. Enjoy right away and/or store the remaining balls in the fridge for later.

Homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bite being held by a woman's hand.

How to Store Chocolate Hazelnut Balls

Store chocolate hazelnut balls in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you store them in the freezer, make sure to let them thaw a bit before eating otherwise they’ll probably be too hard.

Homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bite in front with additional energy bites in the background on a white plate.

More Healthy No Bake Treats

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Chocolate Hazelnut Balls

4 from 24 votes
Chocolate hazelnut balls made with only six real food ingredients. They taste like Ferrero Rocher candies but are healthier, gluten-free and vegan. 
Homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bite in front, chopped in half to show the hazelnut in the center of the bite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 12 individual hazelnuts, raw or toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon diary-free mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks, optional

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 cup hazelnuts into a food processor fitted with the S-blade and process until hazelnuts are chopped into small pieces.
  • Add cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt and chocolate (if using) into the processor and pulse a few more times, until the ingredients start to stick together. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little water, 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture holds together well enough to be formed into balls. Be sure not to add too much water.
  • Roll mixture into bite-size balls and insert one hazelnut into the center of each, forming the ball around it. This step is totally optional, but makes the bites more like the traditional Ferrero Rocher.
  • Chop remaining 4 hazelnuts into tiny pieces. Roll each ball in the mixture to coat the outside.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 ball Calories: 151kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 3g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 29mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: chocolate hazelnut energy bites, healthy Ferrero Rocher

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    20 comments
    1. Romane
      April 12, 2022 AT 12:30 pm

      5 stars
      I just made this recipe in 5 minutes, these treats are so so good ! I did wet my hands so they don’t stick. Thanks !

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2022 AT 8:20 am

        Woo! So glad this recipe was a success for you, Romane! Thank you so much for leaving a review and star rating, I appreciate it so much.

    2. Grace
      March 15, 2022 AT 5:51 pm

      2 stars
      There really wasn’t much flavor and the balls just fell apart when you bit into them. I had high hopes but unfortunately, this recipe is not worth the calories.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2022 AT 8:47 am

        Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that, Grace. Do you mind if I asked if you changed anything about the recipe?

    3. Rachel
      August 31, 2021 AT 7:49 pm

      5 stars
      These were so good! I love all of Brittany’s “copycat” recipes so I had to try this one, and was not disappointed! Needed to make extra because I kept eating the batter! Highly recommend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2021 AT 11:12 am

        Woo!! This makes me so happy to hear! So pumped these were a hit for you, Rachel. Thanks so much for the review!

    4. Taylor Byers
      August 9, 2021 AT 10:49 am

      5 stars
      WOW! Ever since I have been eating clean, I have been missing the candies here and there I used to eat. These energy balls taste just like the Ferrero Rocher chocolates, but without the refined sugar! These energy balls satisfy your cravings and are so easy to whip up in the food processor! Thanks Brittany!’

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 9, 2021 AT 11:08 am

        So glad you enjoyed these chocolate hazelnut balls, Taylor! Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review 🙂

    5. Linda
      June 29, 2021 AT 10:30 am

      I’ve just made these. I subbed cacao powder with carob powder. They are delicious 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2021 AT 11:53 am

        Ah yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Linda! Thanks so much for trying them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

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