Nutella Cookie Dough Balls

Vegan Nutella Cookie Dough Snack Bites

Nutella Cookie Dough Balls

It’s Friday! We made it! I think we should celebrate with something sweet. Something with chocolate and hazelnuts that tastes decadent, but is perfectly acceptable for breakfast.

I’ve been on a big nut butter kick recently – almond, walnut, cashew, good old-fashioned peanut butter – but it had been way too long since I made a batch of my Vegan Nutella. Craving that classic combination of roasted hazelnuts and chocolate, I decided to use those flavors to create Nutella-inspired snack bites.

Nutella Balls

I made a couple of variations: one paleo-friendly, one with gluten-free oats, and both vegan. The paleo version was good, but the oats took these from sticky chocolate-hazelnut-date balls to what can only be described as a mix between a rich, Nutella cookie dough and a dense, almost fudge-like brownie.

Gluten-Free Nutella Snack Balls

And yet, these little unassuming balls have zero processed sugar. Medjool dates are kind of magical like that.

Nutella Snack Bites

Rolled in some finely chopped hazelnuts for a little crunch, I’ve been loving these as a pre-workout snack, a post-dinner dessert, and the other day, I even ate a couple for breakfast when I was on a never-ending conference call. Just try to time it so that you’re not eating one moments before you have to present. Talking with a Nutella ball stuck to the roof of your mouth can make for some really awkward client interactions.

Vegan Nutella Balls

Thank goodness for almond milk to wash it all down.

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Vegan Nutella Cookie Dough Snack Bites

Nutella Cookie Dough Balls

Vegan Nutella Cookie Dough Snack Bites

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 14 snack bites


Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Nutella-inspired snack balls that are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweet! These are great as a pre-workout snack or for dessert.

Nutella Cookie Dough Balls

Vegan Nutella Cookie Dough Snack Bites

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 C. Raw Hazelnuts, plus an additional 1/4 C. for coating
  • 1 C. Pitted & Chopped Medjool Dates
  • 1/3 C. Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (or regular rolled oats)
  • 3 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 14 snack bites

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total Time: 20 mins

Nutella-inspired snack balls that are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweet! These are great as a pre-workout snack or for dessert.

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Once the oven is heated, spread the 2/3 C. + 1/4 C. of raw hazelnuts on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until fragrant. Keep a close eye on them during the last couple of minutes so they don't burn.
  • Allow the roasted hazelnuts to cool.
  • Once cooled, remove the hazelnut skins by rubbing them in a dish towel. No need to be perfect, but try to remove as much of the skins as you can.
  • Place the hazelnuts in a food processor and process until fine and crumbly (about 30 seconds). Remove 1/4 C. of the hazelnut crumbs and set aside in a small bowl.
  • To the food processor, add the pitted and chopped medjool dates, oats, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sea salt, and process until the mixture forms a ball on the blade (about 2 minutes, depending on your processor). You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor once or twice.
  • Scoop out 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough and toss the balls in the hazelnut crumbs you set aside.

Notes [2]

Store in a container in the refrigerator.

These are also great straight out of the freezer. The dates keep them from freezing solid and they become extra chewy.

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  1. Laura S. says

    YUM!! You should submit some of your recipes to Healthy Vegan Fridays (does this one count as healthy??) on Carrie on Vegan, Everyday Vegan Girl, and Veggie Nook.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll look into that!

      1. Laura S. says

        I saw you put one on there, yay!! 🙂

      2. Amanda says

        I did! Thanks again for letting me know about it!

  2. Erica says

    These look amazing! I am slightly obsessed with making cookie dough balls lately, and these are next on the list!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Erica! I’m slightly obsessed with cookie dough balls too.

  3. I was looking to make one of these ball recipes to impress at work, these look pretty dank. Love the photos, and really looking forward to the flavor!

  4. My first time on this blog! So happy you posted for Gina. These look so great. Yum!

    1. Amanda says
  5. Joanne S says

    Wow love these nut balls. Made them for my gluten sensitive daughter and friends… BIG HIT. Thank you soo much. Love the Blog.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Joanne! I’m so glad everyone liked them. I’m thinking I need to make another batch for myself this week. 🙂

  6. Sherry says

    would love to make nutella cookie balls – is there anything I can substitute the dates with – not fond of dates. thanks

    1. Amanda says

      I think raisins would probably do the trick. Let me know if you give that a try!

      1. Sherry says

        thanks for suggestion!!

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