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Hazelnut Chocolate Powerballs

These may look like truffles, but they are more like homemade Lara Bars in ball form. Thus the name 'powerballs' instead of 'powerbars'. As per usual, D was my first taste tester and I may have forgotten to tell him that part. He thought they were chocolate truffles and was pretty shocked to discover that they were raw, vegan, healthy snacks after he popped one in his mouth. (adapted from Cook Republic)
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chocolate, cookies & bars, corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, kid-friendly, nuts, paleo, soy-free
Servings: 20 balls
Author: ness


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups hazelnuts
  • 6 dried figs (stalks snipped (about 1/2 cup))
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • extra cocoa powder for rolling


  • Combine first six ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are chopped and a crumbly dough starts to form. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and roll gently between two palms of your hands to form a ball. Place extra cocoa powder in a small dish and roll the ball so it's mostly coated in cocoa powder. Tap any excess cocoa powder off.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week (although I have a feeling they'll be gobbled up way before that). Recipe adapted from Cook Republic.