Feeling a little snackish? These Nutella Energy Bites are the perfect afternoon treat when hunger strikes. Dates, Hazelnuts, Nutella and Coconut are blended together to form these tasty bites which are then coated in a crunchy hazelnut and coconut coating.
Fellow Nutella lovers, stop what you’re doing right now as our day is here – World Nutella Day.
Legends created this day back in 2007 as a way to appreciate Nutella and its versatility in the kitchen. Soon after thousands of like-minded die-hards were sharing their Nutella creations on social media and no one has turned back since.
My best memories of this creamy hazelnut spread are from childhood pancake days and skiing trips. Then of course there are the odd few spoon-in-the-jar Sundays where things can get really out of hand.
Thankfully Nutella isn’t a complete sin. It’s actually relatively healthy in appropriate quantities, which is why these Nutella Energy Balls are the perfect chocolate fix when we’re all trying to watch our sugar intake.
Just one ball contains 95 calories, and with peanut butter and almonds in the mix they also make for a perfect protein kick. I nibble these in the afternoons when my sweet craving gets the better of me, or grab a few in the morning when I need a quick breakfast.
They’re healthy, delicious and so easy to make so grab a spoon and your Nutella jars and make them immediately. Horray for Nutella Day!
LOVE NUTELLA? YOU MUST TRY THESE
I would love it if you tagged me @mykitchendrawer on Instagram if you make these Nutella Energy Bites. It’s the biggest honour to see my recipes come to life in your kitchen and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to drop me a message. Happy baking!
Nutella Energy Bites
For the energy bites
- 170 g pitted dates
- 250 ml boiled water
- 60 g blanched hazelnuts
- 60 g desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp Nutella
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
For the coating
- 50 g chopped hazelnuts
- 50 g desiccated coconut
- Put the dates into a heatproof bowl and then cover with boiled water for 5 minutes to soften.
- Pour the blanched hazelnuts into a food processor and blitz for a few seconds until you have a mixture of fine and coarse hazelnuts.
- Drain the water from the softened dates, then add them to the hazelnuts in the food processor, followed by desiccated coconut, cocoa powder, Nutella and maple syrup. Then blitz the mixture again until it comes together.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture into 12 bite-sized balls. (If the mixture feels too wet to handle, pop it in the fridge to firm up for 20 minutes or wet your hands to help prevent the mixture from sticking).
- For the coating, mix the chopped hazelnuts and desiccated coconut in a bowl and roll the bites around the coating mixture.
- Eat immediately or, if you prefer them a little firmer, pop them in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months