The combination of hazelnuts and chocolate is one of my favorites. Many of you might feel the same way and it’s probably why Nutella has become such a popular chocolate spread worldwide.
These little balls of goodness are nothing like Nutella, but they do have a delicious and vibrant taste of chocolate and hazelnuts.
The texture is creamy and smooth, and they melt in your mouth. The reason for this is because I added cacao butter to the mixture. Cacao butter is a delicate fat that is extracted from cacao beans. It’s smooth, has an amazing chocolate aroma, and is full of nutrients and antioxidants. You can find cacao butter in some health food stores and also online. I get mine from amazon.com and this is my favorite.
These decadent little bites are sweetened with dates and are not very sweet. Adding a bit of maple syrup enhances the flavor without making these overly sweet, but adding it to your fudge is optional.
I made this video to show you step by step how to make this recipe. Hit play below to watch the video.
At first I didn’t know what to name this recipe and because these have an incredible texture and chocolate/hazelnut flavor, it made sense to call them Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites. Enjoy 🙂
- 1 cup blanched hazelnuts, divided
- 4 large Medjool dates
- ¼ cup cacao butter, grated
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- Process the dates and ½ cup of hazelnuts (reserve the remaining ½ cup) in a food processor or high speed blender for about 2 minutes.
- Add the reserved hazelnuts, cacao butter, cacao powder, vanilla, salt and maple syrup to the food processor and process for 1 minute.
- Line a cookie sheet or large plate with parchment paper. Roll the mixture into small balls, using about 2 teaspoons of the mixture per ball (I use this cookie scoop). Set each ball on the parchment paper and refrigerate until you melt the chocolate.
- Melt the chocolate slowly in a double boiler or microwave. Cut a small hole in one end of a plastic bag and fill the bag with the melted chocolate. Drizzle melted chocolate over the balls and serve.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or at room temperature.