I can’t stop making and eating these balls. They taste very similar to Ferrero Rocher which used to be my favourite sweet treat before I had to give up gluten and dairy. They are great with a cup of tea in the afternoon when most people get a sweet craving.
These are really easy to make and store well in the fridge for 3-4 days; they may possibly store longer but I never have any left longer than 4 days!
Makes 6-8 balls
-6 large medjool dates, stones removed
-2 Tbsp. cacao powder
-1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. roasted, blanched hazelnuts
-1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
How To Make
Place the dates in a bowl and pour over just boiled water. Let the dates stand in the water for 1-2 minutes until softened.
While waiting for the dates to soften, place the hazelnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Remove 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts and place in a dish – this will be used to roll your balls in.
Place the dates, vanilla and cacao powder in the processor along with the chopped nuts and blend until all ingredients come together to form a ball.
Take some of the mixture and roll into balls between your hands then roll in the reserved chopped hazelnuts and set aside. Continue to do this until all the mixture is used up – should make 6 to 8 balls.
Place balls in the fridge until firm.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.