How-To Recipe: Hazelnut & Date Globes

If you like nutella, youa��ll love this. Actually, it’s a bit like eating a Ferrero Rocher. Have I got your attention now?

They are a healthier version of all of the above mentioned sweets as they contain fibre and some plant-based omega-3, but they do still contain a few kilojoules. Best to limit yourself to only two per day and hide them deep in the back of your freezer to ward off temptation. If you do decide to make these at home, please let me know what you think in the “Comments” section below!

Hazelnut & Date Globes

Ingredients

1.5 cup pitted dates (soaked in boiling water then drained)

1 tsp coconut oil

1 cup raw hazelnuts

1 tbs coconut flakes

3 tbs cocoa powder

2 tbs vanilla pea protein powder (optional)

2 tbs linseeds

Method

Roast the hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes at 180C. Remove and leave to cool.
Once cooled, remove the hazelnut skins by rubbing them in a towel. No need to be perfect but try to remove as much of the skins as you can as it can make them taste quite bitter.
Place the hazelnuts in a food processor and process until fine and crumbly (about 30 seconds). Remove A? C. of the hazelnut crumbs and set aside in a small bowl.
To the food processor, add the coconut flakes, cocoa, protein powder and linseeds. Process until all dry ingredients are now crumbly and mixed together.A� Set aside in a separate bowl.
Now add the drained dates and coconut oil to the food processor and process until the mixture becomes paste-like (about 1 minutes, depending on your processor). You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor once or twice.
Now add the date mixture to the dry ingredients and mix it all together with your hands.
Scoop out 1 to 1A? tablespoon-sized balls of dough, roll into globes and toss in the hazelnut crumbs you set aside
Store in a container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to a week.

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

Words: Helen Havryliv

Helen is a publicist turned Nutritionist and now Dietitian-in-training. Shea��s nutty about sharing healthy food ideas, ocean swimming and packs the bestest lunchbox for her fiance to take to work each day.