These Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites are vegan truffles and you definitely need to make them this holiday season! You only need 3 ingredients for these and they're all pantry items! Dates, cacao powder, and hazelnuts. The hazelnuts are roasted and processed to almost hazelnut butter so the result is somewhere between cookie dough and fudge. So incredibly delicious!
The story behind these fudge bites:
What's your favorite nut butter? Mine is definitely hazelnut butter. Whenever I'm creating a recipe with chocolate and some kind of nut butter, I always use hazelnut whenever possible. It's just sooo good. Mostly because it always tastes like Nutella, only healthier because I try not to use processed sugar whenever possible. That's definitely true for these Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites! They only need 3 ingredients and contain no processed sugar! All you need are roasted hazelnuts, raw cacao powder (or cocoa), and Medjool dates.
I also add a pinch of sea salt and some cinnamon to this recipe. Cinnamon is optional here but I recommend it if you like it. It adds a little bit of sweetness, some holiday flavor, and it balances all the flavors. I also learned a while ago that when you add cinnamon to recipes with any kind of sugar (natural or added, think both apples and cane sugar), your blood sugar doesn't spike as much. Do you know about this? I've been trying to add a touch of cinnamon to any sweet meals ever since. It's the little things.
These hazelnut bites are so easy to make and one of my favorite snack or dessert. They're made only with hazelnuts, dates, and cacao so you can eat them as an energy snack, not just as a dessert! These bites are actually healthy!
They're the perfect sweet edible gift. The hazelnuts are processed into almost nut butter and when you blend that with the dates, you get fudgy, delicious vegan truffles that make a great gift. Either for Christmas or for Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day. Just use different molds or just roll the dough into balls.
If you want to make these fudge bites more festive, add a teaspoon of the Christmas Spice Blend. It's my favorite holiday blend made with all the warming winter spices.
If you're craving even more chocolate treats you can check out these:
- Raw Chocolate Orange Energy Bars
- Raw Chocolate Covered Cookies
- Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Bites
- Chocolate Truffles
Delicious gluten-free and vegan truffle bites.
- 2 cups hazelnuts (or sub almonds, I used 1 cup hazelnuts and 1 cup almonds in the photos)
- 4 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 10 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon Christmas Spice Blend (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 170C (338F).
- Spread the nuts on a baking tray and roast for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.*
- Let them cool until easy to handle. Place the hazelnuts on a clean kitchen towel, cover and rub them with the kitchen towel to remove the skins (it's ok if some of them stay on).
- Process the nuts until they turn to almost nut butter. The time will depend on the strength of your food processor. It should take 5-10 minutes.
- Add cacao, cinnamon (if using), sea salt, and the Christmas spice blend (if using), and pulse a few times to combine.
- Add the dates and process until it all comes together and a dough is formed. You may need to scrape the sides a couple of times and move it around if the mixture has a hard time coming together.
- Roll the dough into balls or use Christmas chocolate molds to make these more festive.
- Let them chill in the fridge or the freezer for at least 30 minutes (more if you're using the molds to make sure they don't fall apart when you take them out).
- Coat in chocolate if desired. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for a month.
*Make sure not to burn them. They should be slightly golden in the middle when done. You'll also know they're done when the skin easily comes off when you touch it.
The nutritional information for this recipe is just an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information is not guaranteed.
Keywords: hazelnut, chocolate, fudge, bites, dessert