Hazelnut Bites

Hazelnut Bites

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Tara Weaver Course: DessertCuisine: InternationalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

25

balls
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooling time

4

hours 
Total time

4

hours 

30

minutes

These hazelnut bites will satisfy every craving for something you probably shouldn’t eat (like chocolate), and you will feel great afterwards. They are sweet and a way better option than something like chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups 2 soaked cashews

  • 10 pcs 10 soaked medjool dates

  • 1 tbsp 1 cocoa powder

  • 1 dash 1 bourbon vanilla seeds

  • 25 pcs 25 whole roasted hazelnuts

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 ground roasted hazelnuts

Directions

  • Remove pits from dates
  • Mix soaked cashews, soaked dates without pits, cocoa powder, vanilla seeds and blend into a firm paste.
  • Take a bit of the mixed paste and put the whole hazelnut in the middle. Roll the ball, covering the hazelnut in the middle.
  • Roll in the ground roasted hazelnuts
  • Leave in the fridge for 4 hours to firm up.

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FAQ about vegan hazelnut balls dessert

Why are hazelnuts good for you?

Hazelnuts on their own are a delicious snack and a wonderful ingredient in many meals. They also offer a number of health advantages when they are consumed as part of a calorie-restricted, balanced diet. That sounds great, but why are hazelnuts good for you?

Hazelnuts have many positive effects on your body. They promote regular bowel movements, and their antioxidants guard your body against oxidative stress. Besides that, they also lower the cholesterol levels, increase insulin sensitivity and finally, they decrease cancer incidence rates.

5 Benefits of hazelnuts for health

We’ve established hazelnuts are good for our health and why that is so. Now let’s dig a bit deeper and discuss each of these 5 benefits of hazelnuts for health.

  1. Promoting regular bowel movements
    Dietary fiber is abundant in hazelnuts. You may avoid constipation by eating a lot of fiber like in this case with hazelnuts, and all that fiber promotes regular bowel movements.
  2. Antioxidative benefits
    Hazelnuts are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants guard the body against oxidative stress, which deteriorates cell structure and speeds up the aging process, the development of cancer, and heart disease. Hazelnuts contain phenolic chemicals, which are the most common kind of antioxidant. It is shown that they can aid in reducing inflammation and blood cholesterol. They may be helpful for cancer prevention and heart health. If you think about it, that alone would be a great reason for eating more hazelnuts. But wait, there is more.
  3. Lowering cholesterol
    Cholesterol levels may be lowered by eating hazelnuts. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels were reduced in participants by a hazelnut-rich diet.
  4. Increasing insulin sensitivity
    Just like with other nuts, consuming hazelnuts may increase insulin sensitivity. Why is insulin sensitivity important? Because type 2 diabetes develops as a result of decreased insulin sensitivity. That is another great point about hazelnuts.
  5. Decreasing cancer incidence rates
    Hazelnuts contain high quantities of proanthocyanidins, an antioxidant group. Proanthocyanidins may aid in the prevention and treatment of various malignancies, according to several test-tube and animal studies. Hazelnuts are also a good source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that may be able to defend against cell damage that might result in or encourage cancer.

So, as you see, there are more than plenty of reasons why hazelnuts are good for us. And packing them in such a delightful dessert as our hazelnut bites, makes it even more enjoyable to eat. They are excellent pre-workout energy nibbles and the ideal clean, nutritious snack to have after the main dish.

Additionally, these hazelnut bites are dairy-free, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and free of processed sugars as they contain naturally occurring sugars.

How are dates good for you?

We’ve established the benefits of hazelnuts for your health, but hazelnut bites are packed with medjool dates as well and it would make sense to also explain how are dates good for you.

The addition of vitamins and minerals to your diet is made possible by medjool dates, which are also a fantastic sweetener. Sweet snacks frequently contain “empty calories” from fat and sugar, which have little nutritional benefit. But the high fiber content of medjool dates makes you feel satisfied for a longer period of time, which might even help you achieve your weight loss objectives.

According to studies, medjool dates have benefits like lowering the heart disease risk by lowering the bad (LDL) cholesterol, support a healthy digestive system due to high fiber content. They also help support overall nervous system activities, and enhance metabolism.

How are dates healthy?

So dates are not just tasty, but also healthy. These are 4 main reasons for this.

  1. Lowering the heart disease risk: Bad (LDL) cholesterol is decreased by the soluble fiber found in medjool dates. This cholesterol forms a bond with fiber, which stops your body from absorbing it. As a result, the risk of heart disease is decreased because fatty cholesterol deposits are prevented from accumulating in your arteries.
  2. Supporting the digestive system: The insoluble fiber included in medjool dates is also crucial for a healthy digestive system. Constipation and irritation of the digestive system can be avoided by consuming adequate amounts of insoluble fiber.
  3. Helping the nervous system: To support these nervous system activities, medjool dates can help by boosting the potassium in your diet. This necessary mineral aids in the regulation of respiration, muscle contraction, and heart rate.
  4. Enhancing metabolism: The B vitamins included in medjool dates, such as pantothenic acid, folate, and niacin, assist in controlling the metabolic processes involved in turning food into energy. This can aid with weight control and minimize the chance of developing diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.

When to eat hazelnut bites?

A tasty treat made without refined sugar, an energy ball is a perfect dessert after any main dish, post- or pre-workout nourishment, or an afternoon pick-me-up. We’ll let you come up with your own reasons.

To have a delicious delight with vitamins and nutrients is basically great at any time of the day because our hazelnut bites are made of nutritious slow carbohydrates from nuts, dates, and cocoa which don’t overload your digestion like oil or other refined fats.

How to store hazelnut bites?

Hazelnut bites may be frozen for up to three months or kept in the fridge for approximately a week. Let them thaw a little before eating if you plan to keep them in the freezer; otherwise, they could be too firm.

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Tara Weaver
Tara Weaver

I’m Tara, and I’m not just a wife and mom who loves her family and pets. I’m an aspiring chef who’s passionate about food, crystals and sharing my experiences with everyone!