Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hazelnut Cacao Balls

   After our break away the pantry was bare of all its usual homemade snacks so, with two hungry kids at my feet I had to work quickly to create something yummy and satisfying for them.  I was under pressure but thankfully I had stocked up on hazelnut meal before we left so i was confident I could create something tasty out of that and here is what I came up with - tasty little morsels that didn't really last very long but did fill the little holes in those two growing boys tummies.  For a little while anyway. 

Hazelnut Cacao Balls
Makes approximately 16 

5 fresh dates, seeds removed and roughly chopped 
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup hazelnut meal
1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 T cacao nibs
pinch of sea salt

Place the fresh dates and desiccated coconut  into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple of times
Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture comes together 
Using a spoon roll approximately 3/4 tbs amount of mixture into small balls
Repeat with the remaining mixture before placing in the fridge to firm up

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  1. Hi Sherilyn!
    These look great - I love hazelnuts!
    Just wondering - I thought that dessicated coconut and shredded coconut were the same thing? What's the difference?
    Thanks! Molly

  2. Hi Molly,

    Yep - basically they are the same thing except the desiccated is very fine. I sometimes find the shredded coconut I buy is a little chunky for nice little balls like these so the combo of both the desiccated and shredded works well for me. I am sure however using 1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut would still work fine.

  3. pretty sure these are amazing! you have managed to combine some of my very favorite ingredients..and I am totally impressed by the perfectly formed balls! You've got skills...that I lack! If you you have time to share on our new blog hop, Allergy Free Wednesdays, that would be great!

  4. These look amazingly good and sound super tasty with hazelnuts, coconut and almond butter.

  5. I love making fruit and nut balls like this for snacks and your chocolate and hazelnut variation sound fantastic!

  6. Hi Sherilyn, I'm crazy for bliss balls - healthy, nutritious snacks that take away the urge of having naughty ones. Real life savers they are. Love this variation of yours. Haven't made some in a while. That will be job for this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  7. mmmm bliss indeed!! Great recipe. I love snacks like this, yummo!
    Heidi xo


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