Four-Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls

07/24/21

(Last updated 09/17/21)

These chocolate hazelnut bliss balls are seriously moreish. They require only four ingredients, are vegan friendly, and nutrient-dense with healthy fats and dietary fibre. Whizz up a batch in less than 30 minutes to enjoy across the week!

A picture of chocolate hazelnut bliss balls on a white plate.

These chocolate hazelnut bliss balls are legit! If you’re a fan of Nutella, Ferrero Rochers or any foods a hybrid of chocolate and hazelnut (a match made in foodie heaven🥰), you must give them a go.

The ethos behind Nourish & Tempt is to share recipes that celebrate simple ingredients, are easy to make, nutritionally considered and scrummy. I reckon these are the epitome, and are a favourite sweet treat and snack from the blog!

They’re easy-breezy to prepare (the oven and food processor do most of the work!) and require only four ingredients.

Ingredients & Kitchen Tips

A few small techniques really maximise the flavour of these bliss balls:

  • Raw hazelnuts. The skin of hazelnuts are bitter, so they’re best removed. Roasting the hazelnuts for around eight minutes will make this simple and coax incredible flavours from the nut. Once roasted, place hazelnuts onto a tea towel, fold the fabric over and vigorously rub back and forth with your palms. The skins should peel right off🤙
  • Medjool dates. These are a large soft, fresh date variety usually found in the fresh produce section at supermarkets. They are caramel-like, rich in natural sweetness and the perfect binder.
  • Cocoa or cacao powder. You can use either. Cacao is processed at a lower temperature, which makes it richer, more bitter and with extra nutritional bang for buck.
  • Dark chocolate is blitzed separately first into small chunks and then added to the mixture at the end to retain its texture.

Generally a higher percentage dark chocolate will be dairy free and vegan friendly – but it’s always best to check the label for milk products if needed.

A picture of ten chocolate hazelnut bliss balls on a white plate. One is being held and is cut in half to see the inside.

Nutritional Benefits

  • Hazelnuts are a rich source of heart healthy unsaturated fatty acids. This includes essential omega-6 and omega-9 (essential meaning our body cannot make it so we must get it from food!), like anti-inflammatory oleic acid (1) (2).
  • Dates offer natural sweetness in combination with dietary fibre. Fibre from the dates and hazelnuts help slow the release of these sugars, encouraging more sustained energy and a gentler blood sugar impact.
  • Dark chocolate and cacao powder are both (deliciously) rich sources of antioxidants, gut-loving fibre, and the minerals magnesium (important for muscle relaxation) and iron (key for energy!).

Storage

Bliss balls are an excellent no-bake snack to make ahead in bigger batches for future you to enjoy.

Once made, simply store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer – they keep well for two weeks in the fridge and a few months in the freezer.

If you’re keeping them in the freezer, let thaw and soften for a few minutes before eating.

Thanks for reading!🌰 Are you a bliss ball fan looking for another recipe? Try these date-free Lemony Apricot and Coconut Bliss Balls!

Four-Ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serving Size: 12
Rating:
A picture of chocolate hazelnut bliss balls on a white plate.

Ingredients:  

  • 1 + ¼ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 150g or around 8-9 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 50g 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp water

Method:

Remove hazelnut skins

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Add hazelnuts to a baking tray and bake in the oven for 8 minutes. They should smell fragrant and lightly toasted when nearing done.
  • Remove tray from the oven and tip hazelnuts onto a clean tea towel. Fold tea towel in half over and vigorously rub hazelnuts – this should remove most of the skin! If a little bit is left, that's okay.

Make bliss balls

  • Add the ¼ cup hazelnuts to a food processor and blitz until ground. Remove and place into a small bowl.
  • Add the chocolate to the food processor. Blitz for about 10 seconds – you want there to still be some chocolate chunks. Remove and place chocolate into a small bowl.
  • Add the remaining hazelnuts (1 cup), dates, and cocoa or cacao powder to the food processor. Blitz for around 1 minute. Add dark chocolate and water. Blitz again for around 10 seconds – don't leave the food processor running for too long as you want the chocolate incorporated, but still chunky!
  • Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls. Roll each ball in ground hazelnuts. Enjoy.

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