Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites
 
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These chewy energy bites are the perfect post workout or afternoon snack.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup hazelnuts, peeled
  • 4 T baking soda
  • ¼ steel cut oats
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 6 dates, pitted
  • 8 prunes, pitted
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 3 T agave nectar (or honey or natural maple syrup)
  • ¼ - ½ tsp salt (depending on personal preference)
Instructions
To Peel the Hazelnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Have a strainer and bowl of cold water on the side ready to go.
  3. Add 4 T of baking soda to the water. Immediately after, add the hazelnuts.
  4. Boil for 4 minutes, until the water has become almost black. Strain the nuts and then add them to the bowl of cold water. With your hands, disturb the nuts to loosen the skins. Then peel off the skins as you go and place the cleaned nuts on a rimmed cookie sheet.
  5. When all of the skin has been removed, pop the nuts into the oven for about 5-10 minutes to dry. Keep a close eye out so they do not get too brown. You are just trying to dry them out. Remove from the oven and let cool and dry completely.
For the Energy Bites
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the nuts and puree until the nuts resemble a course couscous-like texture. Then add the oats and blend on high to combine.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on high until the mixture starts to come together. Remove a small piece of the mixture and press it between your thumb and forefinger. If it comes together it's ready to go.
  3. Scoop tablespoon sized balls and roll them between the palms of your hands. If them seem too oily, blot them on a paper towel (I personally went through several paper towels for this). Place in an airtight container and keep at room temperature for several days.
Recipe by A Sue Chef at http://www.asuechef.com/chewy-chocolate-hazelnut-energy-bites/