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Homemade Ferrero Rocher (Hazelnut) Date Balls

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Inspired by Ferrero Rocher, Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Date Balls are made with hazelnuts, dates, pumpkin puree and cocoa powder.

chocolate hazelnut date balls

Homemade Ferrero Rocher (Hazelnut) Date Balls

It’s a lot of fun! Naturally sweetened date balls are a no-bake sweet snack or dessert made primarily from dates. Popular for its simplicity and nutritional value, it can be easily customized to suit individual tastes and dietary requirements. Ferrero Rocher is my favorite and inspired these date balls made with hazelnuts, mejoule dates, pumpkin puree and cocoa powder to create a healthy, energy packed high fiber treat. . I like to keep it in the fridge or freezer for a quick snack on the go. Other date ball recipes include chocolate brownie date balls, pumpkin pistachio energy balls, and fudge snow balls.

Ferrero Rocher Date Ball

Are energy balls good for your health?

These healthy Ferrero Rocher Date Balls have 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 90 calories. Perfect for quick snacks and desserts when you just want a few bites of something sweet like chocolate. Plus they are vegan.

Ingredients for Ferrero Rocher Date Balls

The Ferrero Rocher has a hazelnut center, Nutella filling (a creamy chocolate hazelnut spread) and a thin wafer shell covered with chocolate and hazelnut crumbs. Here’s what my easy Ferrero Rocher Date Ball recipe contains:

  • Hazelnut: I used hazelnuts in 3 ways. I put a whole nut in the middle, finely chopped hazelnuts in the date mixture, and coarsely chopped on the outside.
  • date: Medjool dates are my favourite, they are sweeter and larger than regular dates, also known as degret nour dates. If you want to replace it with a regular one, you may need to add some extra as it is smaller than the Mejour.
  • Pumpkin puree: Canned or homemade pumpkin puree adds creaminess and fiber.
  • Sea salt: All you need is a pinch.
  • cocoa powder: My favorite cocoa is Dutch Process, which is darker and less bitter. You can also use regular unsweetened cocoa.
  • vanilla extract for flavor

How to make a Ferrero Rocher Date Ball

  1. Hazelnut: Place the third cup of nuts in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Place in a small bowl with 16 whole hazelnuts. Place remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground.
  2. Remaining ingredients: Add dates, pumpkin, cocoa, salt and vanilla to processor along with finely chopped hazelnuts.
  3. Form an energy ball. Scoop out date mixture with a spoon or by hand and roll into 16 equal balls, placing 1 whole hazelnut in center. Roll each ball over the remaining nuts. serve.

How to store the Ferrero Rocher Date Ball

These hazelnut chocolate date balls can be refrigerated for 7 days and frozen for up to 3 months. If frozen, refrigerate before serving or place on counter for a bit to soften.


  • date: Swap mejour dates for regular dates, but add a few more as they are small in size. You can also use prunes.
  • nuts: Substitute pecans or walnuts for hazelnuts.
  • Nut allergies: Substitute pumpkin or hemp seeds for hazelnuts if you are allergic to nuts.
  • pumpkin: Sub-mash bananas or applesauce into pumpkin puree.
  • cocoa powder: For added protein, switch out cocoa powder for chocolate protein powder.
chocolate hazelnut date balls

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Preparation: 20 minutes

cooking: 0 minutes

total: 20 minutes

yield: 8 one serving

Serving size: 2 ball

  • Place 1/3 cup hazelnuts in food processor with metal blade.

  • Process until the nuts are finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

  • Set aside 16 nuts. Then add the remaining hazelnuts to the food processor and process until finely ground.

  • Add the dates, pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla extract and continue to mix until smooth.

  • Using a spoon (or your hands), scoop the mixture into 16 equal balls and place 1 whole nut in each ball.

  • Then, roll each ball into the remaining hazelnuts and serve immediately or store in the freezer or refrigerator.

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Provided by: 2 ball, calorie: 90 kcal, carbohydrates: 9.5 g, protein: 2 g, obesity: 6 g, saturated fat: 0.5 g, sodium: 1 mg, fiber: 3 g, sugar: 6 g

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