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Homemade chocolate hazelnut energy bite in front, chopped in half to show the hazelnut in the center of the bite.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Balls

Chocolate hazelnut balls made with only six real food ingredients. They taste like Ferrero Rocher candies but are healthier, gluten-free and vegan. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: chocolate hazelnut energy bites, healthy Ferrero Rocher
Servings: 8
Calories: 151kcal


  • 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


  • 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.



Serving: 1 ball | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g