You’ll be making these Chocolate Hazelnut Balls on repeat this year

Jacqueline Alwill

Brown Paper Nutrition

Sitting here posting these today but they’ve been sitting in my freezer for the past month. Smart-self back in December (amidst all that chaos) thought January-hit-the-ground-running-self would really appreciate a quick snack and these were the result.

They taste like you nut-ella-what, but better, and have the added beauty and bonus nutrients such as:

  • magnesium in cacao,
  • fibre in dates,
  • plant proteins and healthy fats to satiate appetite in hazelnuts,
  • and if you pop in some of your go-to protein powder you’re making them a skin loving, extra protein rich snack too.



Makes 14

Gluten free : Dairy Free : Vegan (option)

150g dried dates, roughly chopped

1 1/3 cups hazelnut meal*

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1/4 hazelnut butter

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

Opt: 2 serves collagen powder

Hemp seeds or another of your favourite for rolling


Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain water into a jar and use in your smoothie. Pop the dates and remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz to form a dough. Measure heaped tablespoons, roll and coat with hemp seeds. Store in fridge up to 2 weeks or freezer for 3 months.

*Find hazelnut meal right next to almond meal in major supermarkets