Hazelnut Cacao Bites

Confession: I am addicted to Nutella.

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I don’t really know how it happened, but once I started baking with it and eating it, I literally couldn’t stop. Like, eating multiple spoonfuls a day couldn’t stop. Because sugar makes me feel so disgusting, though, I felt like I had to think of a way to get my fix without actual Nutella.

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I originally tried to make my own Nutella in a food processor with coconut sugar, but it didn’t really get smooth and liquid enough. As I struggled with that, I realized I would rather have something easier to grab and go, and I didn’t really need a chocolate hazelnut butter as much as I needed the solid equivalent of (healthy) Nutella.

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So the bites: they’re pretty damn good, I’d say. They’re sugar free, paleo and actually pretty healthy, because raw cacao powder and cacao nibs are full of antioxidants, and hazelnuts got those healthy fats you need.

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*insert typical, chirpy update on college*

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts, raw
  • 6 – 8 small dates, soaked
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, divided

Instructions

Add the hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse on high until the mixture is somewhere between flour and butter; it should be a clumpy hazelnut paste.

Add in the dates and coconut oil, and blend again for 2-3 minutes.

Add the cacao powder and half the nibs and pulse 2-3 times.

Press the cacao mixture into a lined or greased pan; I didn’t use the whole thing, because I like them more thick and square, and I tend to think they hold up better that way. Then, take the other half of the cacao nibs and press them into the top.

Freeze for an hour, then slice and keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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