Healthier Vegan Nutella Bites

Healthier Vegan Nutella Bites.  Omg.  These might be the most delicious little bitesI have ever made.  I know I said this once before after I made the No Bake Cookie Dough Bites, but these even out shine those!


Healthier Vegan Nutella Bites


My mom is German, so I grew up eating Nutella.  When I was little, I would grab the jar and run to my room to eat it.  Now I know that it isn’t very good for you.

Being vegan meant giving it up as well.  I missed it terribly so I had to come up with a vegan friendly version.  There are no funky ingredients in these.  They take only minutes to throw together.

That’s right.  You could be only minutes away from popping one of these delicious balls of goodness into your mouth. 🙂  Can it get any better?

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Healthier Vegan Nutella Bites

Healthier Vegan Nutella Bites

Prep Time 10 min Serves 15 balls     adjust servings



  1. If you are using raw hazelnuts, preheat oven to 375 and roast the nuts for about 7-10 minutes. If using roasted hazelnuts, skip this first step.
  2. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts into a fine powder.
  3. Then add the dates, cocoa powder and milk and process until a dough forms.
  4. Roll the dough into balls and place in the fridge to set. Or, you can just eat them right out of the food processor.


Recipe Notes

I’m not gonna lie, I may have had a few tastes. I got about 15-17 balls out of this batch. Enjoy!

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55 thoughts to “Healthier Vegan Nutella Bites”

      1. Is there any way I can grind the hazelnuts without a food processor? I will be trying these soon! Am am not a vegan or anything but am trying out not eating added sugar or sweeteners for a while so would it be possible to just use normal milk or would that not be sweet enough? Thank you!
        1. Do you have anything that grinds? Like a magic bullet or a blender? Those could work. Regular milk should be fine. You can always add more sweetener if you like.
  1. I'm bummed. Just made them...they are not sweet (enough). The are very nutty (which is the base IS NUTS lol). I even added a bunch more dates to sweeten them up. Didn't help. They texture was perfect, though.
    1. If you are used to real Nutella, they will not be as sweet to you. I think the taste is very close, but if you crave an even sweeter outcome, you can add some sugar to them. Sorry they were not sweet enough for you. :(
      1. I'm still going to try your other recipes...I'm excited about the chia pudding! I love chia seeds! I add them to everything lol - thanks for all of your hard work with the deciphering labels! Big hugs!
        1. :) If you try the chia pudding, keep in mind that it will not be very sweet. I didn't add any sweetener to mine. I just let the fruit sweeten it. If you want you can add a couple T of liquid sweetener to it.
  2. Hi! What a fantastic website! I'm new to the whole foods way of life... as in... 4 days into it. :) Quick question - what section of grocery store do I find these dates? Are they in with fresh fruit and veg, or are they packaged? I also thought maybe coconut milk would make them sweeter, and then rolled in coconut. What do you think, would that be a good sweeter alternative?
    1. Thanks! Glad you found me! I get the dates at Sprouts or Whole Foods. WF has them in the bulk section. Sprouts has them with all the dried fruit. I have heard that you can get them at Costco and I know that Sams has them as well. Coconut milk might make them sweeter, but it may change the taste a bit since coconut is a strong flavor. If you try it, please report the results! :)
      1. Thank you! I'm shopping at Whole Foods today - so I will look for them. I also thought maybe honey would be suitable - hopefully I can try making these tonight after work, and I can definitely let you know how they come out (and I have 3 kid testers!).
  3. I accidently added too much almond milk so they were too running for balls but are still good by the spoonful! :)
  4. I just recently saw your web site and think it is fantastic. I have made something very similar to these Nutella Balls but they of course had a different name. I will try these soon. Love all the recipes you post. They all seem like they are delicious. We try to eat healthy but are inconsistent in our efforts. May God bless you and your family.
  5. Yum! These look so good! They are similar to my coconut drops. I will dry these next!
  6. These are good. When you eat no processed sugar it is quite a treat to find a recipe like this one. Nice to not have grain, either. I admit I added about a tablespoon of maple syrup. I would like to add some dried chili line mango too for a different yumminess. Thank you!
  7. Made these today in addition to the nutella granola. LOVE them both. Stumbled upon your website earlier this week and we've been very pleased with your recipes so far. Your pumpkin spice waffles were amazing! 3 bean chili is next. Thank you!
    1. Yay! Happy you liked them! I am not sure of all the nutritional facts, but I calculated the calories to be about 110 each cookie.
  8. So i used my food processor for the first time today and made this recipe. It was very good. I was expecting a sweeter result but this was still quite good and so easy to make!! Thanks for the healthy recipe!
  9. Love these! Love so many of the recipes you have many to still make! LOL BUT, this hits close to home for me, too, because my Mom is from Frankfurt and as a kid, we lived on Hahn AFB (Daddy was in the Air Force) and we went to Frankfurt every week-end to visit my Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins.. And Nutella was a staple for breakfast on nice warm brotchen rolls. YUM! Was gutes essen!!! :)
    1. I am so happy you like it too! My mom is German and we always had a jar of this stuff in our house! I am so glad I can enjoy a healthy version now. :)
  10. Mmmm, can't wait to get some hazelnuts and make these! (I love your blog, too!--I'm new to gluten free and refined sugar free, whole food, no processed food baking/making.)
  11. I made these this afternoon and they came out great. The perfect sweetness for me and just delicious! The rest of my family all agree. I have also made some of your larabar recipes and they all turned out yummy too. Your website is full of inspiration for me - thank you!
  12. Hi, could I substitute hazelnuts for almonds? I realise it won't taste so 'nutella-y' but would it still come up nice do you think? It's all I have in the cupboard :-)
  13. I made these for my brother-in-law for his bday. He used to eat Nutella a lot. He loved it but since he doesn't anymore I made his these. I thought they were great so I hope he likes them as well. :)
  14. I just made these. I thought I almost ruined them by roasting the hazelnuts a bit too long. But they came out soo good. I don't understand the previous posts that they aren't sweet enough. I am a sugar a holic (trying to correct this) and I found these to be super rich. I can only have one and then down a glass of almond milk. They are delicious. My 2 year old is enjoying making your recipes. I need to find these dates in Costco because I am going through them like crazy. Thanks again for another great recipe. I think this is like the 10th recipe of yours I have tried. Loved them all!
  15. I have just stumbled upon you website and I would like to say Thank you! You have some wonderful recipes that I can not wait to try. I have a HUGE sweet tooth but I am trying to make better choices and with your recipes I will be able to do just that. I will also be able to maybe come up with some of my own recipe swaps of my own. Thanks and please keep them coming.

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