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Date and Nut Bites

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
June 22, 2023
June 22, 2023

This snack recipe that contains just dates, cocoa powder, and hazelnuts that are ground up into a fine paste, chilled slightly, and rolled into balls. Just like bon-bons or chocolate truffles, but filled with fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, and natural sugars!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (add more or less to your own tastes)

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor with a sharp blade (blenders will get clogged and ruined), blend all ingredients together on low speed. Your food processor may jump around a little depending on how firm the dates are, and the power of the food processor. If its jumping around too much, then pulse it instead.
  2. Once mixed together and the food processor is less jumpy, turn the speed to high to fully break down the nuts. This process can take around 10-15 minutes to be fully blended. Give your food processor a break every few minutes, and scrape down the sides to make blending more efficient.
  3. After they’re all mixed, feel free to start rolling these into little balls, using just about half a teaspoon of mix for each date ball. The flavor is quite strong and rich, so keep them small! (Trust me, you’ll want to pop more than just one in your mouth!)

Tips

  • If you have some old dates that are just too hard, or simply not that tasty, save them for this recipe!
  • Sometimes I make variations of this recipe with different nuts for different flavors.
  • You can add a little protein powder along with or instead of cocoa to further change the flavor and add some protein here, too!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 oz)

Calories: 115  |   Total fat: 7g   |   Total Carbohydrate: 14g   |   Dietary Fiber: 3.5g   |   Protein: 2.5g

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