This is a variation of our energy bites base recipe. These easy no-bake energy bites are a great snack for any time of day. Pack a few chocolate hazelnut energy bites in your backpack, diaper bag, or gym bag so that you can have a delicious, nutritious snack wherever you go!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Hazelnut Energy Bites
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 hazelnut butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.
Don’t worry about overmixing the “dough”; it won’t affect the final texture!
If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 2 Tablespoons at a time. If the mixture is too dry, add more hot water, 1 Tablespoon at a time.
Got kids? This is a very 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!
- Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Quick 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.
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.
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.
Need some energy bites recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide to make it your own, or check out some of our favorite energy ball variations!
Equipment Recommendations for Tasty Bites
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Chocolate 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 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.
Hazelnut butter 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.
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.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites
- 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
- Mix hot water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Add oats to the mixture. Mix until all the water is absorbed.
- Add chocolate hazelnut spread and chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.
- Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.
- Roll into one-inch balls and place onto a sheet of wax paper.
- Roll balls in chopped hazelnuts until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!