10 Medjool Dates, torn in half, pitted
1/2 cup (125ml) Hot Espresso
1/4 cup (60ml) Coconut Oil, melted
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups (250g) Hazelnut Meal
1 1/4 cups (220g) Bukinis (roasted buckwheat from health food stores)
1/2 cup (60g) Cacao Nibs
1/2 cup (50g) Cacao, plus extra to dust
1/3 cup (35g) Chocolate Protein Powder
20 whole Roasted Hazelnuts

  1. Combine dates, espresso (or substitute warm water), coconut oil and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to soak. Using a stick blender, puree until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, combine hazelnut meal, bukinis, cacao nibs, cacao and protein powder. Add date puree and a pinch of salt, and stir until sticky and combined.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and grease hands with a little coconut oil. Compress and roll mixture into 20 walnut-sized balls. Make an indent in the centre of each with your thumb, add a whole hazelnut, then reform ball around the hazelnut. Transfer to prepared tray and chill for 30 minutes to firm up. Dust with extra cacao to serve.

Makes 20

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