A deliciously satisfying healthy snack, these Hazelnut Mocha Protein Balls feature a soft center made with two types of nut butters that are covered in a crunchy dark chocolate and hazelnut bits. Like the best desserts, there’s a perfect crunch followed by a smooth center when you bite in. Except… it’s not a dessert. At all. Rather, these exist somewhere between a meal substitute and a guilt-free snack.
It’s a breakfast for those mornings when you wake up early and then take an extra-long shower on accident; it’s a snack for when you get home after work and realize dinner won’t be ready for another hour or so and you don’t want to gorge on chips or leftover cookies; it’s also a way to get some extra protein after you do your morning work out.*
*I’m imagining this is true because I currently am most certainly not working out in the morning. I fall in the “wake up early and take an extra-long shower” category.
Literally everything in these bites consist of protein that will keep you satisfied and full of energy all the way until lunch. For good measure, though, there is also a tablespoon of espresso powder in there to add depth to the flavor and a little bit of extra energy. My favorite part about these, though, is the chocolate and nut shell. It provides some delicious texture that makes you excited for breakfast… or this healthy snack!
- ¼ cup finely chopped hazelnuts
- ½ cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
- ⅔ cups almond meal
- 1 tbsp espresso powder
- ¼ cup vanilla bean protein powder
- ¼ cup nutella
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tbsp sugar-free almond, soy, or dairy milk
- 3 oz. melted dark chocolate (I use Ghirardelli's 60% dark).
- In a large bowl, combine the finely chopped hazelnuts, almond meal, espresso powder, and vanilla bean protein powder. (Reserve the coarsely chopped hazelnuts for the shell).
- Add the Nutella, creamy peanut butter, and honey. Using your hands or a rubber spatula, stir together until everything is mixed together. Add a milk to make the mixture into a pliable dough.
- Scoop out a tablespoon and use the palms of your hands to shape it into a ball. Place the shaped balls in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate, and set the coarse hazelnuts in a shallow bowl or plate.
- Take the chilled balls and dip them in the chocolate, roll them in the hazelnuts, and then store in the fridge until ready to eat!
If you don't have almond meal, just grind the almonds until it has the same texture as cornmeal
My favorite morning anthem, you can often find me humming this song when I’m trying to get pumped for work. It only seems fitting that this catchy, feel-good song should be paired with this addicting, feel-good snack that I often have for breakfast!