• Abby Estevez

Chocolate-Hazelnut Bites

Inspired by the talented recipe developer, Samah Dada of Dada Eats (https://dadaeats.com) I took one of her healthy snacks, and combined it with my favorite treat... Nutella! So unfortunately what was once a Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free snack, is not so much now.

I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Bites

Makes about 12 bites

1 cup chopped hazelnuts

3 teaspoons flaxseed oil (or any light unflavored oil)

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup almond flour

6 medjool dates, remove pits!

2 teaspoons coconut oil

1/3 cup Nutella

Flakey Sea Salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a parchment lined sheet tray or baking sheet, spread out the cup of hazelnuts evenly on the tray. Roast the nuts in the oven for 10 minutes. This will help to release the oils so that once blended it will help the gritty hazelnut mixture to bind easier.

Remove nuts from oven and place into a food processor, important to get them in there while they are still warm! Pulse the nuts in the processor for a full minute. Scrape down the sides of the processor, add in a teaspoon of flaxseed oil and then pulse the nuts for an additional minute. Repeat once more.

Add in the dates, coconut, almond flour and last teaspoon of flaxseed oil to the food processor. Pulse for 2 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. *Be sure to remove the pits from the dates before placing in food processor.

Once done blending, scoop a tablespoon size amount of mixture and squeeze into a ball and line up on sheet tray. Repeat until all mixture is used. Place sheet tray with bites in freezer for 10 minutes.

Prepare the chocolate mixture. Nutella can be melted in the microwave, however I do not have a microwave. If you do... all you need to do is add the coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl with the Nutella. Heat in microwave for 15 second increments, stirring throughly each time. It should become very liquid, like melted chocolate!

BIG TIP TIME: If you are NOT using a microwave, you can do the ghetto version as I usually do to melt chocolate.

Over medium-high heat, heat a medium size pot filled halfway with water. Once the water starts to get hot, (does not need to be boiling/bubbling yet) add in a heat safe measuring cup (with handle) or something similar. Be sure the measuring cup is dry inside, and no water is able to splash in - if water splashes in, it usually can be saved, but it could potentially ruin whatever you're melting. Add the coconut oil to the measuring cup, as soon as it starts to melt begin to add the Nutella. Spoon some in and stir, repeat until you have all your Nutella melted into liquid chocolate.

Once you remove the melted Nutella from the stovetop or from the microwave, you need to work quickly. Remove your bites from the freezer, and one at a time roll them in the Nutella and place back onto the sheet tray. Once all have been covered in the Nutella, I like to sprinkle some flakey sea salt for added taste.

Place baking sheet back into the freezer and patiently wait at least 30 minutes for your bites to fully set!

After you have enjoyed... as many as you like, no judgements here.... you can keep these stored in the freezer till your next chocolate craving! Enjoy!

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