I love making energy bites to take with me to work to share with my work colleagues so I decided to come with a new recipe I haven’t tried yet (obviously involving cacao!). These cacao and roasted hazelnut energy balls went down really well in the office I recently got a new blender/food processor and could not wait to test it out on energy balls as my poor old food processor just could not cope with medjool dates!
I added peanut butter to this recipe to help bind them together and I love the texture it provides. You could use hazelnut butter for this recipe to enhance the flavour or even almond butter but I opted for peanut butter as it is so much more affordable.
These delicious little bites can be kept in the fridge or at room temperature, I definitely recommend eating them straight from the fridge as it gives them an amazing chewy texture!
Makes approximately 15 energy bites
200g pitted medjool dates
1.5 tbsp coconut oil, soft but not melted
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
Pinch of salt
Optional extra: cacao powder to roll the energy bites in
- Start by preheating the oven to 150oc and lining a baking tray
- Spread the hazelnuts out on the baking tray and roast for 10-12 minutes until they are fragrant and starting to brown
- Leave the hazelnuts to cool for 10 minutes
- Once cooled roll the hazelnuts between pieces of kitchen paper to remove as much of the skins as you can
- Next place them in a blender or food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the blender or processor and pulse again until the dates have broken down and everything has combined
- The mixture should be crumbly but stick together between your fingers
- Take a small amount of the mixture (approx 20 grams) and roll it between your hands to form a ball shape
- Cover a plate with clingfilm (stops them sticking) and place the energy bites in the fridge to set before enjoying!
- For best results store them in an airtight container