No Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 bites

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This No Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites Recipe is made with oats, hazelnuts, cocoa and sweetened with dates — they are the perfect healthy snack for lunches or school or work! They are so easy to make — includes a step by step recipe video.


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I think one of the worst parts of being a food blogger is having to think about back to school in the middle of summer.

And because I’m a little obsessive and like to work ahead (you know, so I can enjoy my summer), I actually start thinking about back to school in Spring!

Since these Lemon Blueberry Energy Bites are the only energy bites recipe on The Recipe Rebel, I decided I needed another! And I know that people are often looking for ways to swap out peanut butter in school snacks for other types of nuts (if they are allowed), so I wanted to come up with a recipe that doesn’t use it as a base.

chocolate hazelnut energy bites in bowl with hand picking up one energy bite

As much as we all love peanut butter here, my daughter is going into a nut-free Kindergarten room this fall (my first in school!) so I’m going to be thinking a little more about nut-free snacks. These do use hazelnuts, but I know that in a lot of cases it’s strictly peanuts that aren’t allowed, and because they’re so darn delicious, I wanted to share them anyway. We’ll continue to enjoy these at home and throughout the rest of the summer as an on-the-go snack!

Tips and Tricks for this Energy Bites Recipe:

  • The hazelnuts I bought didn’t come peeled, so I peeled them using this method by Jamie of My Baking Addiction and it worked perfectly! But please, please — use a really big pot.
  • You can definitely swap out the hazelnuts for another nut you have on hand (or one that doesn’t require peeling), but I was going for that “Nutella” vibe, so that’s why I chose hazelnuts.
  • Which brings me to my 3rd point — these do not taste like Nutella. Eating one of these is not like eating a big old scoop straight out of the Nutella jar — I wanted them to be a healthy snack, reminiscent of those Nutella flavors 🙂
  • Feel free to add in extra nuts, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips or a scoop of protein powder for some extra pizzazz!
  • These balls also have 5% of your daily iron, in just one! This is great for someone like me who always tends to be low in iron.
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No Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites Recipe + VIDEO

5 from 1 vote
This No Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites Recipe is made with oats, hazelnuts, cocoa and sweetened with dates — they are the perfect healthy snack for lunches or school or work! They are so easy to make — includes a step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 24 bites
Calories 99cal


  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts peeled, divided
  • 1 cup pitted dates 26-27 dates
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 1 1/2 cups large rolled oats divided


  • In a food processor, add 1 cup hazelnuts, dates, cocoa powder, honey, and 1 cup oats. Process until a smooth, pliable ball forms.
  • Remove ball to a bowl. Chop and stir in remaining ½ cup hazelnuts and ½ cup oats.
  • Roll into 1″ balls (I got about 24). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the fridge for 7 days, or freeze for 3-4 months.


*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 99cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Kim says

    HI Mrs Fehr! With Joel’s allergy we know all about peanut free baking here. I use WOW Butter, it seems to be the closest to peanut butter substitute I have come across. It has the same color, texture, taste and even comes in chunky. Disclaimer, I have been without peanut butter in my house for almost 20 years so I may be easy to trick!
    An added bonus is that they have included peanut free stickers under the label. These would be great for using in school lunches.

    I can’t believe you have someone starting school already!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Oh that’s so good to know! I haven’t tried any other nut butter substitutes but it’s so great that there are other options that are just as good 🙂 It is a little crazy! I’m not sure I’m ready for it 🙁

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    That’s so exciting that your daughter is starting kindergarten this year! And I love that you used hazelnuts in these bites. I love making new flavor combos of energy bites, and this one sounds like a winner. You can’t go wrong with no-bake and chocolate!

  3. Ushmana Rai says

    Ashley, I really love how you’re trying a healthy substitute for Nutella.
    Sure ,Nutella is delicious and sweet but the amount of nutrients in your recipe wins! These chocolate hazelnut energy balls look like little balls of happiness descended from heaven, perfect for when you’re working out and need a quick bite!
    Loved the quick and simple recipe! Keep posting! xx

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