Nutella cookie dough balls

It’s Friday, I bet you could use a treat. Me? Not so much considering I’ve eaten more sugar in the past 2 days in Italy than I have in the past 2 months at home. Luckily, I have a date with a crossfit box here in Milan this afternoon to help balance that out!

Today’s post is from Amanda. I have no idea how I even found Amanda’s blog originally, but we both started blogging around the same time, I was in love with her photographs and we soon figured out that we pretty much had led parallel, mid 20s crisises. Nothing like bonding over food and life turmoil.

Amanda’s bringing you some delicious cookie dough balls today that just so happen to be Nutella inspired. How appropriate as I’m frolicking around Italy, right? She also refers to me as the queen of balls in this post. It’s probably weird to say I take that as a compliment but, I do.

On to the balls…

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Hi! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Pickles & Honey. During the last two years, I quit my 9-5, moved from Boston to San Francisco and then back again, and left safe, but stagnant to pursue what I love – writing, specifically about healthy food, with a heavy emphasis on dessert!

Gina and I met through our blogs last fall, when I had just started mine and Gina was one of only a handful of readers. I clicked over to Running to the Kitchen and it was love at first post – Gina’s recipes use a lot of my favorite flavor combinations and her personality really shines through in her honest, no-nonsense style of writing. I totally appreciate her sense of humor and sarcasm.

Seeing as how Gina is the queen of balls (sorry, I couldn’t resist!), I knew I needed to add to her ever-expanding ball recipe collection. 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.

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.

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

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.

Thank goodness for almond milk to wash it all down.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Nutella Cookie Dough Balls
 
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Nutella-inspired snack balls that are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweet.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: makes about 14 balls
Ingredients
  • ⅔ C. Raw Hazelnuts, plus an additional ¼ C. for coating
  • 1 C. Pitted & Chopped Medjool Dates
  • ⅓ C. Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (or regular rolled oats)
  • 3 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
  • 1½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Tsp. Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Once the oven is heated, spread the ⅔ C. + ¼ 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.
  3. Allow the roasted hazelnuts to cool.
  4. 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.
  5. Place the hazelnuts in a food processor and process until fine and crumbly (about 30 seconds). Remove ¼ C. of the hazelnut crumbs and set aside in a small bowl.
  6. 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.
  7. Scoop out 1 to 1½ tablespoon-sized balls of dough and toss the balls in the hazelnut crumbs you set aside.
  8. Store in a container in the refrigerator.
Notes
These are also great straight out of the freezer. The dates keep them from freezing solid and they become extra chewy.

Thanks, Gina, for letting me take over your blog for the day and share my latest snack obsession! Please eat some gelato for me in Italy!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Yum! I not only love Gina’s balls, I love your balls too!! Great recipe!!!!

  2. 2

    Thanks, Jennifer!

  3. 3

    Holy yum! These look amazing. I’m always on the lookout for new “ball recipes”. ;) They are so simple to make and the perfect snack. Would love to hear more about your transition from a regular 9 – 5 to doing what you love. I’ll be heading over to your blog to check it out!

  4. 4

    Haha GIna we probably should welcome Amanda into the ball club with open arms eh? ;) these look amazing!

    And so round.. ;)

  5. 6

    I just saw nutella, and I was hooked!

  6. 7

    If the recipe calls for Nutella I am in. Lovely balls. :)

  7. 8

    Gorgeous truffles

  8. 9

    raw, vegan, quick, GF, chocolate, dates – they have all the elements for me that make me want a dozen, pronto!

  9. 10

    These look amazing – I love that they are Nutella flavored but totally natural!

  10. 11

    Love your balls ;-)

  11. 12

    Oh dear. Now all I want to do is eat these. Thanks for making me crave sweets like crazy! Haha! :)

  12. 13

    Totally checking out Amanda’s site. And you are queen of balls even if that’s weird, it’s true.

  13. 14

    ok these look absolutely amazing!! I am down for Nutella anything, especially balls, hehe!

  14. 15

    wow, these look awesome – nutella cookie dough balls?! they seriously have my name written all over them, they’d be so irresistible!!

  15. 16

    These ballz look pretty perfect. Anything with nutella is pretty much amazing…

  16. 17

    I saw the title of this post and couldn’t WAIT to open it. And then to find you here Amanda?! Love it! I have missed your posts mucho during my blogging absence. I am all over these balls. ALL OVER. ;-)

  17. 18

    Serious question–where’s the Nutella?

  18. 19

    Hi Gina and Amanda,
    This recipe looks great and you got me at “Nutella inspired”.
    I used to love Nutella until read the label and sound it’s FULL of sugar.
    Thanks much,
    Jan

  19. 20

    These were… phenomenal! Absolutely delish! Just ran out of oatmeal so cudnt add that in. Even without, they were amazing! I couldnt believe I made that. I cant wait to try these with oatmeal! Thank you!! ♥

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