Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites

These chocolate hazelnut energy bites are a variation of our base recipe. These easy no-bake energy bites are a great snack for any time of day. Pack a few in your backpack, diaper bag, or gym bag so that you can have a delicious, nutritious snack wherever you go!

Oatmeal Energy Bites are a Healthy Snack

A healthy, well-balanced snack should contain some form of fiber, protein, and healthy fat. The oats and nut butter are the key ingredients in this recipe that make it the perfect snack.

Oats

Oats of any variety are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Carbohydrates are important for energy and focus. 

Nut Butter

Nut butter – almond, peanut, hazelnut, or whatever variety you enjoy – contains plant-based protein and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied until your next meal. 

A Note on Added Sugars

Although our other energy bite recipes use a liquid sweetener, we left it out of this recipe because the hazelnut butter and chocolate chips add enough sweetness on their own! Try to find a hazelnut butter with less added sugar and fewer ingredients than traditional brands. We like Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter.

Culinary Tips

Soaking the oats in hot water first makes each energy ball taste like a little bite of oatmeal. This also creates a different taste and texture than other energy bite recipes that use nut butter as the primary binding agent. Additionally, using water as the binding agent keeps the calorie content of this recipe much lower than other oat ball recipes.

If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 1/4 cup at a time.

If the hazelnut butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.

Ingredient Substitutions 

  • Oats: use old-fashioned or instant oats. Instant oats create a squishier texture and will be stickier when rolling. Do not use steel cut oats.
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread: use any variety you like. Choose natural varieties whenever possible. Don’t have chocolate hazelnut spread? Use a nut butter of your choosing and add 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder and 2 Tablespoons liquid sweetener. Got a nut allergy? Use a seed butter such as sunflower butter.
  • Mini chocolate chips: use any variety you like – white, semi-sweet, or dark. We recommend dark chocolate for optimal nutrition. Want a vegan chocolate energy bite? Choose dairy-free chocolate chips.
  • Hazelnuts: substitute any chopped nuts of your choosing.

Recipe Variations

Want to customize this energy bites recipe to your taste? Use our base recipe as a guide. Feel free to add other mix-ins of your choosing: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, etc. Keep in mind that adding more ingredients will change the texture of the recipe, so you may have to add more water or hazelnut butter to help the ingredients stick together. 

Need some recipe inspiration? 

Check out some of our other favorite energy ball variations!

Short on time or patience? You can turn this into a super quick energy bites recipe by skipping refrigerating the mixture. It will be slightly stickier, so be prepared to wash your hands a few more times. You can also skip the step of rolling the energy balls in chopped nuts. Just toss them into the mixture and roll as normal.

Got kids? This is a great kid-friendly recipe! Have them help you measure, mix, and roll. The ingredients in this recipe can be eaten while cooking (because we all know that kids love to “taste test”), rolling is a great way to practice fine motor skills, and kids love getting their hands dirty!

How to Store Homemade Energy Bites

These chocolate hazelnut energy bites are a great on-the-go snack because they do not have to be cold to eat. However, for food safety reasons, avoid leaving them in your bag or purse all day. 

For optimal freshness, store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Have fun getting creative with different types of nut butters and add-ins; there’s a world of energy bite exploration out there!

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites
Prep Time
20 mins
Chill Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

These easy chocolate hazelnut energy bites feature chocolate hazelnut spread, mini chocolate chips, and roasted hazelnuts. And YES! they're still healthy!

Course: Snack
Servings: 20 bites
Ingredients
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup finely chopped, roasted hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Mix hot water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Add oats to the mixture. Mix until all the water is absorbed.

  2. Add chocolate hazelnut spread and chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.

  3. Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll into one-inch balls and place onto a sheet of wax paper. 

  5. Roll balls in chopped hazelnuts until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the hazelnut butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.

If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 1/4 cup at a time. 

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