Friday, September 6, 2013

Raw Nutella Bites

I've had Nutella on my mind since making my nut-free version.  I was thinking about the hazelnut/chocolate combination and how popular it is and how pleasing the taste.  And I was thinking...how about something bite size with this ever so popular pairing.  I've had some soaked and dehydrated hazelnuts in the fridge for daaaays, so I was happy to use them in something.  These are very portable little snacks.  The dates make it possible to carry at room temperature.  Nice treat for mommies and kids alike.  
Raw Nutella Bites

Ingredients:
-1 1/3 cups of hazelnuts soaked and dehydrated
-7 pitted Medjool dates
-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I do 2 T cacao and 1 T raw carob powder
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-2 tablespoons honey (vegans use maple syrup, coconut nectar, or 10 drops liquid stevia)
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
-Pinch of salt

How To:
1.  In a food processor, add in the hazelnuts and process for 20 seconds.
2.  Add in the pitted dates, cacao, vanilla, honey, coconut oil and salt and...pulse, pulse, pulse, then process until everything is well incorporated.
3.  With clean hands, form little balls and cover a few with shredded coconut if you wish.
4.  You can eat them at room temperature, or store in the fridge for later.
Makes about 12 

15 comments:

  1. Ooooo! What a lovely treat Amber, they look really delicious, I will be trying these!

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    1. Thanks Vicky. And thanks for sharing on your Afternoon tea FB page. :-)

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  2. How lovely these sound - similar to something I made for my daughter for her lunch box, years ago:)

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    1. Thanks Christine. My daughter really likes these. Such a fun treat.

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  3. Those look toooo good Amber. I'd eat the whole batch without even thinking about it. I love how easy these are and hazelnuts are so under utilized! I've been eating them like mad these days. Looks like I just found another excuse to eat more.

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    1. Thanks France. I so agree, you never see hazelnuts in anything. I like to make hazelnut milk and use it in a chocolate milk. The hazelnuts really do pair nicely with chocolate.

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  4. These look delicious Amber! Now I just need to get me some hazelnuts and sunflower seed butter for the the NUT-Free Nutella! I'm SO making both of these recipes :)

    Hugs,
    Cassidy

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    1. Thanks Cassidy. I hope you enjoy the recipes. :-)

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  5. You seriously amaze me with your creations! Love these! I haven't made any fun treat balls since moving. It may be time! Thanks for the recipe and for sharing at Raw Foods Thursdays!

    Heather

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    1. Thanks Heather! You're so sweet. I feel the same way about you friend.

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  6. These look wonderful Amber :) I have been obsessed with all things hazelnut recently- this is totally speaking to that!

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    1. Thanks Gabby. Hazelnuts are sort of the forgotten nut. They are pretty underutilized. I really like their flavor! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. I have a great fondness for this kind of treat! Love the flavors and ingredients with this one, Amber! In fact, I just shared it over at All Gluten-Free Desserts. :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

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    1. Thank you, Shirley! Always an honor be be featured on AGFD!!! xoxo

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  8. I made those several times and I can't stop making more and more. They are delicious and so easy! Thanks for the recipe.

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