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Hazelnut Cacao Goji Energy Balls (vegan + gluten-free)

Whether as a tasty snack or dessert, these vegan and gluten-free hazelnut cacao goji energy balls are quick to make, and will satisfy all your cravings!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: gluten-free, healthy, vegan, vegetarian


  • 1 heaped cup hazelnuts
  • 18 pitted dates (if you have large medjool dates, use 10)
  • cup goji berries (or raisins if you don’t have them)
  • cup shelled hemp seeds
  • ½ cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp raw vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Using a dry frying pan or skillet, lightly toast the hazelnuts on the stovetop on a low heat until golden brown. 
  • If you have a food processor: add all ingredients to it and pulse together until a sticky mixture forms. 
  • If not: add the hazelnuts to a blender and blend on a low speed until they are chopped into small pieces.
  • Do the same separately with the dates, then add all ingredients to a bowl and knead together with your hands until a sticky mixture forms. 
  • Shape the mixture into 4cm-wide balls, and store in a sealed container in the fridge until required. It’s that easy!