Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls (Vegan Gluten-Free)

These Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls taste just like the best chocolate hazelnut truffles in protein ball form. They are vegan, gluten-free and have a crunchy dark chocolate and hazelnut shell.

There is something so delicious about chocolate and hazelnuts together and Ferrero Rocher chocolate truffles have always been a favourite of mine. After making my Ferrero Rocher Cake Balls, I knew I had to make another chocolate-hazelnut truffle combination and these have it all. They are so quick and easy to make with wholesome ingredients, great for snacking, desserts and on-the-go.

A stack of Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls
Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls

Why will I love these protein balls?

These chocolate hazelnut balls are delicious, they are:

  • Rich, chocolatey, nutty and moreish
  • Packed with protein
  • Made with wholesome ingredients
  • Naturally vegan and gluten-free
  • Easily nut-free
  • A hidden hazelnut in the middle
  • Coated with a dark chocolate hazelnut shell
  • Great for meal prep
  • A delicious on the go snack or dessert

If you already love the sound of these snacks then skip ahead to the recipe card below. Or, first let’s discuss the recipe in more detail.

What ingredients do I need?

We need 9 basic ingredients for these snacks:

  • Hazelnuts: there are three types of hazelnuts for the recipe. Some are blitzed to a finer texture for the energy ball mix, some are left whole for inside the balls and thirdly, some are chopped small for the chocolate shell. I prefer to use the skin-off hazelnuts for this recipe.
  • Smooth hazelnut butter: the runny, smooth hazelnut butter provides the best texture for these balls. I love the one from KoRo (Nourishing5 is my discount code for money off) and it’s so delicious. If make these nut-free or with other nuts, use cashew, almond or peanut butter or use runny tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • Coconut oil: this helps for texture when the balls chill in the fridge.
  • Coconut yoghurt: thus adds a rich, creamy texture to the balls that mean they melt in the mouth.
  • Maple syrup: for a little sweetness. You can use other syrups like agave or vegan honey.
  • Cocoa powder: to make the energy ball mix really chocolatey. You can use raw cocoa or cacao powder here.
  • Vegan chocolate protein powder: I love the rocky horror road flavour of protein from Macromike which is a Halloween special but also the deluxe chocolate or chocolate hazelnut flavours are perfect here.
  • Salt: for flavour.
  • Dark chocolate: for coating the balls in. You can use your favourite dark chocolate flavour here or keep to a rich plain bar.

How do I make these snacks?

To make these energy balls:

  • Prepare all the hazelnuts: blitz some, keep some whole and chop some small.
  • Stir together the wet ingredients: for the balls till smooth.
  • Stir in all the dry ingredients: and bring the mix to a sticky dough.
  • Divide the dough into 14 pieces: of equal size and weight.
  • Roll each into a ball and make an indent with your thumb: place a whole hazelnut inside.
  • Pinch the edges together and shape into a ball: and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil: and pour into a bowl or glass.
  • Coat each ball in chocolate: allowing the excess to drip off.
  • Roll each chocolate ball in the crushed hazelnuts: to coat evenly.
  • Chill the balls until ready to eat: and enjoy.

How long will these last?

These no bake energy balls will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge in a sealed container or for up to 1 month in the freezer. Allow to defrost at room temperature before eating them.

A half eaten Ferrero Rocher Protein Ball in a white paper case
Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls

Are these gluten-free and nut-free?

Yes, these are gluten-free, just read any labels where necessary. To make these nut-free, they will no longer be Ferrero Rocher flavoured, but they will still be delicious. Swap the ground hazelnuts for ground sunflower seeds or use oat flour, swap the hazelnut butter for tahini or sunflower seed butter and skip the hazelnut in the middle. Check that your chocolate is nut-free, and roll the balls in crushed seeds.

Half eaten Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls
Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls

What else can I make?

I hope you are going to love these Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls and for more ideas, how about my:

A half eaten Ferrero Rocher Protein Ball in a white paper case

Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls taste just like the best chocolate hazelnut truffles in protein ball form. They are vegan, gluten-free and have a crunchy dark chocolate and hazelnut shell.

Ingredients

For the Balls:

  • 100g hazelnuts, blitzed
  • 60g smooth, runny hazelnut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp vegan chocolate protein powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 14 whole hazelnuts

For the Coating:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp smooth, runny hazelnut butter
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 100g hazelnuts, crushed small

Instructions

  1. Blitz the 100g hazelnuts to a fine meal (like ground almonds).
  2. Stir together the hazelnut butter, coconut oil, yoghurt and maple syrup till smooth.
  3. Pour in the hazelnut meal, cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder and salt. Stir to a sticky mix.
  4. Divide into 14 pieces (about 20g each) and roll into balls. Place a thumb into the middle of each ball and place a whole hazelnut in the middle. Roll the protein ball around the hazelnut and place on a parchment-lined plate.
  5. Chill the protein balls in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Melt together the chocolate, hazelnut butter and coconut oil till silky smooth.
    place the crushed hazelnuts on a plate or shallow bowl.
  7. Dip each ball into the chocolate to evenly coat them, working one by one, and allow the excess to drip off. Immediately roll in the crushed hazelnuts and place back on the plate. Repeat to make all 14 balls and chill again for 10 minutes in the fridge.
  8. Eat straight away or keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 1 month. Allow to defrost at room temperature and enjoy.

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