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Friday, February 1, 2013

Nutella Nut Balls

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 The idea had been growing in my head for a while to make hazelnut chocolate "Larabars", but it wasn't until a few days ago that I decided to actually make them. Boy, am I glad I did! The first batch disappeared in less than 24 hours! I didn't eat them all of course, but I helped the rest of my family to. ;) 


Nutella has always been one of those "special occasion" foods in my house. Mostly, I just ate it when I was at my grandma's and Mom wasn't there to stop me. ;) I don't ever remember having a jar in the house, actually. Huh. Don't get me wrong, I begged and pleaded (moreso "subtly" hinted every time we walked past it at the grocery store) for her to buy it a lot. Mom, being the smart and health conscious women she is, said no every single time.

However, the hazelnuts in our freezer were going to get freezer-burn soon since they'd been in there so long. And I wanted chocolate the other day. Plus the food processor was already out. It was the perfect storm to create a new recipe. ;)



The best part about these fake Larabars is one serving has half the sugar of a regular sized Larabar! Amazing, right? They also have coconut butter in them, so there's some healthy fats for ya, too. And they're definitely kid-approved! I like to have one after dinner occasionally or as a snack.


1/2 c. hazelnuts
1/4 c. chopped dates
1-2 T. coconut butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 T. hazelnut butter (I used sunflower seed butter, because that's what I had on hand, but hazelnut would be ideal)
dash of salt

1. Add the chopped dates and hazelnuts to food processor and blend until it becomes a pebbly mixture.
2. Add the coconut butter, vanilla, hazelnut butter, and salt. Pulse until combined.
3. Form into balls or bars and store in the freezer. Or you can just start eating it right out of the food processor. ;)


Inquiry of the Day:

Did you keep Nutella in your house as a kid?


4 comments:

  1. Nutella balls!With no nutella! Amazing!
    Well, my younger sister is CRAZY about nutella, so my mom used to occasionally buy it. It would always be gone in about a week:)
    Then, I went vegan, and found Chocolate Covered Katie's nutella recipe! My sister and I practically live off that stuff now! (we still eat our vegetables...well, atleast I do:))

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    1. Thanks! I've yet to try making my own nutella. At the moment, I don't have any more hazelnuts so until I can get some homemade nutella shall have to wait....

      Thanks for commenting and have a great week!

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  2. Sweet! Can't wait to make these. I never really saw hazelnuts when I lived in Canada, but now that I've moved to Northern California, they seem to be more easily available.
    I think we had nutella sometimes as a treat as a kid. I recently made some with hazelnuts and it was healthier and tastier than what I remember =)

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    1. Homemade is always tastier. :) My favorite way to eat Nutella was on a PB sandwich, but I only had one when I stayed by myself at my grandma's. ;) But, then again, I had cookies for breakfast one day, too. Mom, didn't know about that either. ;P

      Have a great week and thanks for commenting!

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