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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).


Hazelnut/Filbert flour

Hardly a recipe – but isn’t this gorgeous?

Hazelnut/Filbert flour


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.

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7 Responses to ‘Nutella’ Energy Bites and Hazelnut Flour

  1. Aubree, I absolutely can’t wait to try these AND feature them on All Gluten-Free Desserts, too! If I pick up some coffee, I can even make them for my support group tonight. ;-) I’m not eating chia seeds these days so I’m thinking I’ll just add some coconut flour to help with binding and givea bit more nutrition. Thanks!


  2. Totally agree on the Nutella front. I like it well enough, but the texture isn’t quite right. It’s almost too smooth…like molten plastic. This looks like a perfect remedy!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Good Morning Aubree Cherie,
    I really could use a couple of these awesome Energy Bites this morning, can’t wait to try these. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Iris says:

    Ooh love the addition of coffee! I should make these for my boyfriend. He would love them! Thanks for sharing at 5-Ingredient Mondays.

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  6. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Yum, these sound so good with the hazelnut flour and cocoa powder. These are on my to try list!

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