Healthy Nutella Fudge Bites

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Nutella wasn’t easy to come by when I was growing up, but lately, it seems to be available everywhere.

healthy nutella fudge bites

These raw treats feature the same flavors as the popular spread, pairing hazelnuts with rich cocoa powder, but they are naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates. Dates have become a favorite sweetener of mine, thanks to their impressive nutritional profile which includes calcium, iron, potassium, copper and magnesium.

As an added bonus, the fiber from both the hazelnuts and dates mean that these sweets will have a more gradual impact on your blood sugar– which should mean no sugar crashes later! I hope you enjoy them the next time a sweet craving hits.

Healthy Nutella Fudge Bites
makes 16-20 pieces

Ingredients:

1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted
2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

*Note: If your dates aren’t soft, soak them in warm water for 15 minutes beforehand.

Directions:

In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the hazelnuts into a fine powder. Add in the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, coconut oil and salt, and process again until a uniform texture is achieved. (You may need to stop and scrape down the bowl a couple of times!) Feel free to taste the batter at this point, and adjust any flavors to your taste.

making nutella fudge bites

Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and use your hands to press it into a rectangle about 1/2-inch thick. Place in the freezer to set for at least 1 hour before cutting and serving.

nutella fudge bitesStore and serve directly from the fridge or freezer for best shelf life and texture.

healthy Nutella fudge bites
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Healthy Nutella Fudge Bites

A quick and easy treat featuring hazelnuts, cocoa, and sweet dates.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Nutella Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 88kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup soft Medjool dates , pitted
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the hazelnuts into a fine powder. Add in the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, and coconut oil and salt, and process again until a uniform texture is achieved. (You may need to stop and scrape down the bowl a couple of times!) Feel free to taste the batter at this point, and adjust any flavors to your taste.
  • Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and use your hands to press it into a rectangle about 1/2-inch thick. Place in the freezer to set for at least 1 hour before cutting and serving.
  • Store and serve directly from the fridge or freezer for best shelf life and texture.

Notes

If your dates aren't soft, soak them in warm water for 15 minutes beforehand.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Hope you enjoy them!

Reader Feedback: Are you a Nutella fan? I’m a pretty big fan of banana & Nutella crepes…

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Comments

Michele

I have not had Nutella, but have had Nocciolata which is likely similar. Yum! The shape of the jar is irregular though which is annoying because I can not scrape all of it out. I do love these cacao treats, but make a similar version regularly with walnuts+pepitas. I usually add a little green powder, cinnamon, and coconut too.

Lisa

Yum! These sound awesome. I love all your fudge recipes, so this one looks amazing as well!
I’ve only had nutella once actually, and got SO sick from it so I’m not a fan at all – although, I love hazelnuts.

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

These look incredible! I’ve had nutella (which is delicious) but after going vegan I just make my own. I definitely have to add these bites to my list!

Alexandra @ Made to Glow

I can’t wait to make these! I absolutely love your recipes as they’re simple, healthy, and quick! Looking forward to trying these to have as a healthy treat. Thank you for sharing and hope you are enjoying fall with your little one.

Cindy

Megan, These look wonderful! My husband loved Nutella as a kid but then he developed milk allergies about 15 yrs ago & it contains milk. He will love these!! Thank you very much!

How’s your little one? 🙂

Johanna

I have to try this. I am such a nutella-junkie. I used to just eat spoons full of nutella… Not very healthy, so I had to quit that habbit… Sooo difficult 😉

misa

I am big fun of anything with chocolate like you:-). Have you ever used xylitol or erythritol? if not can you explain why ? Thanks a lot

    Megan

    I don’t use xylitol because it is so poisonous for dogs, and I don’t want it in my kitchen near my precious family pet. My experience with erythritol has been a very painful and uncomfortable one, so I will never go near it again! It may not make everyone feel sick, but it definitely has a negative impact on my own body.

chrissy

Can you use butter in place of coconut oil? I’m not a fan of coconut.

    Megan

    Sure, I don’t see why not!

Claudia

Beautiful bars.

But I am writing to invite you to join the group of those that have drop the use of the name Nutella. It is, after all, a commercial brand, a trade mark that ends up being promoted every time we use it.

Nutella is a registered mark, created in the 1960’s to promote the commercial version of what Italians for centuries have called pasta gianduia, or gianduja.

Gianduia is the delicious blend of hazelnut butter, cacao (cocoa in the US) and some sweetener… It can be made many ways and that extra sweet stuff everybody talks about all the time, made with bad, bad oils, a lot of sugar and a little bit of hazelnuts should definitely be left unnamed… Viva la Gianduia!

Just a tip.

nancy

Can we use pecans or walnuts instead of hazelnuts?

    Megan

    Yep, I think they’d work too!

Meagan

Megan these look fabulous! I hope you’re doing well 🙂

Bev

Am I missing something. I don’t see nutella as a ingredient !

    adriann

    hazelnuts are used along with cocoa to make nutella.

Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations

I’m SO buying hazelnuts next time I go to the store!!!

Anna

These look absolutely wonderful, Thank you for sharing! I adore a Medjool date on its own, but not in these type of bars. I know you could add more coconut oil and just omit the dates, but does anyone have a replacement idea for the dates?

    Megan

    More coconut oil would probably make them hold together without the dates, but your guess is as good as mine with how much to use! Please let us know if you have any success!

adriann

I am allergic to coconut…what can I substitute? Thanks!

Julia

Probably a silly question, but do you have to roast & peel the hazelnuts?

    Len

    It’s definitely wouldn’t hurt – makes hazelnuts so much yummier:)!

Cookies n' Creme

Hi, I had a question about dates. I’ve been wary of using them because of their high GI index. I read that their GI index was 104 per 3 dried dates. What do you think about this?

    Megan

    According to Harvard Health Publications, dried dates — which are higher in sugar than the fresh variety — have a low GI value of 42. Bananas, raisins and watermelon all have significantly higher GIs by comparison. There have also been studies showing that dates have a low GI impact on diabetics.

      Cookies n' Creme

      Thanks for the info! I keep wondering why all of the healthy recipes I’ve been finding all have dates in them, and thought that if they were that bad, they wouldn’t be used. Apparently my information was wrong. Thank you!

Donna

I wonder if dried figs or prunes are even lower in GI value….anyone?

Heather @TheSoulfulSpoon

Great recipe!:) I love hazelnuts all year round, but especially this time of year. Did you use raw hazelnuts or just regular blanched?:) Thanks so much ! I really enjoy your blog and love your recipes!

felisha

Just made these last night and finally had a piece right now! DELICIOUS!! Perfect for an afternoon snack 🙂 Keep the amazing recipes coming!

SASCHA

So so good… Had to make this right now…. Thank you for the yummy recipes
Pls keep them coming

Deena

This sounds so yummy! We don’t let our little one have the “real” nutella any more ever since I read it has palm oil in it. Yuck… We have made homemade nutella and it was yummy and he loved it too!! I can’t wait to try this out!

Abbi*tarian

Thank you for this recipe, Megan! I did enjoy Nutella as a kid but have avoided it for many years because of some of the unneeded ingredients, so I’m looking forward to making these :0).

Samantha

I made these yesterday and they were delicious! But I couldn’t detect any Nutella taste at all 🙁 Any tweak recommendations? I tried it before I put them in the freezer and they were just overly sweet so I added some more cacao, but still not Nutella-tasting.

Cindy

I was just wondering…is there anything you could use in place of the dates? I LOVE all your recipes…but am having a hard time finding these kind of dates. Thank you.

    Megan

    Raisins might work!

Daniela

Do you use raw hazelnuts with skin or riast them and take off the skin? Thanks

    Megan

    Mine had the skin on for the most part, and I didn’t notice it in the final result!

Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations

I finally made these this afternoon and they are AWESOME!!! But it was no surprise because everything I’ve made of yours has turned out perfect – thanks again 🙂

hugs,
cassidy

Erin l

These are AMAZING!!!!! 😀

Clare

Hi there…I’m looking for a recipe for Hazelnut spread (Nutella)have you ever tried to make it?? Any suggestions would be appreciated:)…love this site, it my first “go to” when looking for new recipes/inspiration:))

    Megan

    I’ve been meaning to make that! I’ll let you know if I have any good results. 🙂

Clare

thankyou:)

sara

Hi,
Do you use coconut oil in the hardened state or liquid state?
Thanks,
Sara

Diona

Can you use store bought hazelnut meal?

Nathalie

Hi! Can you use a high power blender (like a Vitamix) to make this? I don’t have a food processor. Thank you!

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