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ferrero rocher recipe - hazelnut chocolate bites on a plate
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Ferrero Rocher Recipe

These lightened up Hazelnut Chocolate Bites are a healthier version of a Ferrero Rocher Recipe! These treats are chocolatey, nutty, and easy to make. With under 10 ingredients, and less than 30 minutes of prep time, you can enjoy these delicious bites for dessert any night of the week! They also happen to be dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free!
Prep Time30 mins
Refrigeration Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegan
Servings: 12 bites
Calories: 128.6kcal
Author: Anjali Shah


  • 8 Pitted dates
  • ¼ cup Almond meal
  • 2 scoops Vanilla protein powder Choose your favorite variety, just make sure it's refined sugar free and 2 scoops is approximately 150-200 calories and 20-24 grams of protein
  • 1 cup Hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp Desiccated coconut
  • 43 grams 80% dark chocolate About ½ a bar of chocolate


  • Soak the dates in 1/4 cup of water for 10-15 minutes or until soft.
  • Roast the hazelnuts in the oven for 10mins at 350 degrees F.
  • Place the soft dates, the water used to soak the dates, roasted hazelnuts (leave a handful aside to place in the center of the balls), almond meal, protein powder, chia seeds and cacao powder in a food processor, then blitz and combine.
  • Roll mixture into balls, making sure to place a hazelnut in the center of each ball.
  • Coat balls in desiccated coconut. Place balls in the fridge to harden for 1 hour. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate. Refrigerate up to 8 hours or freeze to let the chocolate harden quickly. Serve cool.



Variations and Substitutions
  • Different Nuts: If you want them to taste like Ferrero Rocher, they need to have hazelnuts. However, if you are not a fan of hazelnuts, then you can swap the hazelnut for almonds, pecans, or even walnuts. Try them to see what you like the most and go from there. 
  • Sub the coconut: If you’d prefer, instead of rolling the balls in coconut, you can roll them in crushed hazelnuts, puffed brown rice, or even puffed quinoa for a different crunchy texture.
  • Make it keto/low-carb: Just swap the dark chocolate for a sugar free dark chocolate.
  • Try adding nut butter: 1-2 tbsp of Hazelnut butter would taste great in the mixture for even more hazelnut flavor, but you could also use almond butter or peanut butter for a more creamy interior.
Top Tips For Making This CopyCat Ferrero Rocher Recipe
  • Don’t skip soaking the dates. They need to be softened to give you the proper results. 
  • You really need to use a food processor to get the correct texture.
  • To make the chocolate flavor even more intense, add a pinch of espresso powder to the cocoa mixture.
  • You don't have to keep these in the fridge for 8 hours before eating them, although 8 hours (or even overnight) would make the chocolate really solidify. But you can enjoy these after just an hour or two of being in the fridge - enough so the chocolate can set.


Serving: 1bite | Calories: 128.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.6g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 8.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 4.2g