Here’s a wholesome, fuel-filled snack that’s sweet enough to be a dessert! Roasted hazelnuts give these energy balls a warm, rich flavor, and the prunes add a natural sweetness. No need for added sugars! They’re chewy, chocolaty, and loaded with energy to keep you going throughout the day. If you’re a fan of chocolate hazelnut spread, this healthy snack is meant for you!
2-3 Tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp coconut oil
pinch of salt
1.5 cups prunes
1 cup roasted hazelnuts
To roast your hazelnuts, preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out hazelnuts into one single layer.
Roast for 5 minutes, keeping an eye on them to make sure they aren’t burning!
Let them cool for 2-3 minutes, and then rub them vigorously in a clean tea towel to remove the skins. (It’s okay if you don’t get ALL of the skins off so every nut is completely naked, but removing the skins will make your hazelnuts less bitter when blended!)
In a food processor, blend hazelnuts until crushed.
Add prunes and coconut oil and pulse until mixed. Scrape down sides as necessary.
Add almond butter, cocoa powder, and salt. Blend until smooth.
Portion your energy balls (I used a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop) and roll into balls with your hands.
Store in an airtight container and allow to set in the fridge for about an hour before enjoying!
Yields 30 energy balls.
Per serving: 4g fiber | 8g sugars
Serving: 3 energy balls