Mocha Hazelnut Energy Bites

Mocha Hazelnut Energy Bites

 

I’ll never forget the first time I ate Nutella; it was three years ago at a resort in Mexico of all places. At the breakfast buffet there was the option of getting Nutella slathered into a warm crêpe (I guess they have to cater to us sugar-loving Americans). One bite in and I was in heaven. After arriving back in the states I checked out the nutrition label and realized why it tasted so absolutely addictive–sugar–and lots of it. While I’ve refrained from ever purchasing Nutella, or any other brands version of the hazelnut and chocolate spread, I absolutely love the combo of roasted hazelnuts and chocolate. It inspired my clean-eating Nutella and now these Mocha Hazelnut Bites.

 

I also love bite-sized treats, especially chocolate ones. These bites are fudgy, sweet, and have just a little bit of crunch from the toasted hazelnuts. Plus, almost all the sweetness comes from dates. Since dates are a fruit they make a great real food sweetener that doesn’t count toward the recommended daily sugar limit of 24 grams. But they are higher in calories, so portion control is still importantThere is only a touch of added honey in the mix, so each bite only has 1 gram of added sugar!  Feel free to eat one whenever you get that mid-afternoon sugar craving, or as that little something sweet after dinner.

 

 

 

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