Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Balls


  • 1 Cup of Hazelnuts (150g)
  • 1 Cup of Dates (150g)
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein (I use Sunwarrior Warrior Blend)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Cacao Powder

Sometimes it’s hard to get enough protein in to your diet and these nutella protein balls are such a delicious way to sneak some more in. One of my go-to recipes is my Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls but these are incredible if you’re in the mood for something a little more indulgent, a little more of a treat! They only take a few minutes to make and are full of protein and magnesium making them the ideal post workout treat. Watch me make them here!

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Pour boiling water over the dates and leave the to soak for about 10 minutes. Dry roast the hazelnuts at 180’C for about 10 minutes. Then rub them around in a clean kitchen towel to remove any of the loose shells.


Add the hazelnuts  to your blender and blitz until you have a coarse, crumbly nut flour. Then add in the protein and cacao powder and blitz to combine.

Drain the dates and add them in, blending on high until you have a sticky paste.


Use your hands to squish and roll the mixture into balls. I made balls that were quite big (about 4 bite size) so I got 8 out of the mixture, if you make smaller ones you could get 10-12.


I store mine in an air tight jar either in the cupboard or fridge.

20 Comments to Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Balls

  1. theveganmuffinwoman says:

    OMG yum

  2. paulinee says:

    I’ve just made the Nutella protein balls which are lovely but turned out very dry and hard to roll together any suggestions

    • Indy Power says:

      No problem, just add a little bit of almond milk a dash at a time (a little goes a long way) until it comes together enough for you! Hope you enjoy them!

  3. Orla says:

    Do you have to soak the dates before making the protein bliss balls?

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  5. Una says:

    Just wondering how long they last once made?

    • Indy Power says:

      Mine have always been finished within a week or so but they should last for a couple of weeks in an airtight container!

  6. Michelle says:

    These are amazing! Do you know how many grams are in a “cup”. Plus any idea of calorie content?

  7. Claire says:

    How many cals would be in one protein ball?

  8. How many calories would u say is this recipe . as balls vary in size

  9. laura says:

    do you know off the top of your head how many calories are in one of these (following this recipe)?

  10. Denise says:

    Hi indie – how much is a scoop??? Two tablespoons?? Tks they are yum!

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  12. Anne Marie says:

    Could i replace the protein powder with milled chia seeds?

  13. Martina O'Brien says:

    Hi Indy. I don’t use protein powder. Can I substitute ground almonds or what would you recommend

  14. Carmel says:

    Hi Indy,
    This recipe sounds delicious. I’m new to trying dates in recipes-just wondered what type of dates you use? Are they medjool dates? Thanks!