Personally, I’ve never understood the fascination (ahem, OBSESSION) around Nutella. It’s just never had an addictive affect on me. I don’t dislike it, but I also don’t find it to be a guilty pleasure. However, I can list, by name, a host of friends who ARE addicted to the stuff. So when I made up the hazelnut flour (see below), I knew it had to be with something chocolately. Or I was letting all the Nutella enthusiasts down!
These are soft energy balls and I love how they melt in your mouth.
2 cups hazelnut meal/flour (see below)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp instant ground coffee
2 tbs chia seeds
1/4 tsp NuNaturals alcohol free liquid stevia
2 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, stevia, and vanilla extract. Blend until the peanut butter is creamy and very soft. In a seperate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add the flour mix to the peanut butter and mix well.
Roll the batter into 1″ balls. It should make about 2 dozen energy bites. I kept mine in the refrigerator for almost 2 weeks and they tasted great/stayed fresh. These are a good and healthy way to enjoy a sweet treat but also a quick snack anytime to keep your hunger away. I ate these in the afternoons at work when I was feeling tired (I don’t do well in the afternoons… so I try all sorts of things! ha).
Hardly a recipe – but isn’t this gorgeous?
2.5 cups hazelnuts, frozen
Equipment – Vitamix dry blender
Using the dry attachment for your Vitamix (or a food processor might work?), finely chop the hazelnuts in 1 cup or less increments. Don’t over pulse or they could become more like nut butter. I recommend freezing the hazelnuts because it helps when they are being chopped. The pieces stick together less and are more evenly chopped. I actually discovered this trick when making almond flour, but it works just as well for hazelnuts!
~Aubree Cherie Davis
This recipe is linked to My Meatless Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, 5-Ingredient Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Parade of Foods, Real Food Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday, Friday Favorites, Fresh Bites Friday, and Foodie Friday.