Freezer Treats Sure to Please!
It all started with few Hazelnuts. I had a container of hazelnuts in my cupboard that I really needed to do something with, but what? I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them! I decided to move on and make an old favorite, protein packed seedy date balls, when I reached into the cupboard and saw the Nutella ( my 2 love bugs go crazy for Nutella) and it all came to me… I do get so excited! Hazelnuts and chocolate, perfect.
I took the base of dates for the protein packed seedy date balls, added ground hazelnuts, cacao and chia seeds, (wanting to make sure I have a little extra protein and fiber) throw in some ground vanilla bean powder and a tick of maple syrup and we are on our way to a little decadent freezer treat that my children love and I feel great about giving them. Especially coming off this Easter candy high they have been riding, it is time to reign it all in a little and a treat like this seem to ease the transition for all of us.
Hazelnuts are rich in fiber, mono-unsaturated fats (the “good” fats) and folate (an important vitamin B complex).
Dates are one of the sweetest fruits, so while still sweetening your treats you are also getting fiber, potassium and magnesium. Dates are a great alternative to other sugars!
As I was enjoying one of these little treasures I starting thinking, I am more of a vanilla girl at heart, and perhaps I need to create a “cookie dough-ish” version of my sweet frozen friends. At this point I am very hazelnut inspired so I set out for my test kitchen… the blender came out, the ingredients started going in and… success :o)
The ingredients are whole and nutritious, they are sweetened with a bit of maple syrup, loaded with oats and hazelnuts and have a protein boost with some peanut butter. I definitely feel good about giving these to my wee ones and with everything thrown in the blender they are also super easy to make and clean up!
Oats are full of fiber, minerals and polyphenols.
Peanut Butter carries protein, potassium and magnesium.
Let’s get to these quick, easy recipes! I think these are better from the freezer. At room temperature they can get a little mushy. Straight from the freezer is my favorite but it would also work straight from the refrigerator. Great for when you are craving sweet things and want to avoid a candy bar!
For the Brownie fans…
1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup ground oats ( gluten-free if you would like)
8 Medjool dates (pitted)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla (I LOVE ground vanilla bean powder, I think nothing beats the flavor, but you can use pure vanilla extract instead. If using vanilla bean powder it is 1/4 tsp)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp coconut oil
-Place the dates in the blender, blend well, scraping down the sides when necessary.
-Add the ground hazel nuts ( you can pre-blend these. Just place the hazelnuts in the blender, blend and scrape down until it is a “sandy” consistency.) Blend well.
-Add the rest of the ingredients and keep blending and scraping down until it is all really well mixed, it will be quite sticky. If it needs a little more moisture you can add a bit more coconut oil , but add very slowly because with enough blending it will get there.
-Scoop out the mixture and roll into 1″ balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
-Place in the freezer for at least on an hour, then transfer to an air tight container, keep in the freezer
-Indulgence ready for the taking at your will! :o)
*In the photo of the “Nutella Bites” the whiter frostier looking ones were rolled through some confectioners sugar. They are super yummy this way but it does up the sugar content and they are soooo delicious without the extra sugar. If you are looking for something extremely decadent a light roll through some confectioners sugar will definitely do the trick.
For the Blondie fans….
1 cup hazelnuts
1 cup ground oats (gluten-free if you would like)
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup coconut oil
4 Tbsp maple syrup (or more to taste if you prefer things a bit sweeter)
2 tsp vanilla ( If using vanilla bean powder it is 1/2 tsp)
1 heaping Tbsp peanut butter (very generous:o) )
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/4 tsp of salt (optional)
– Place the hazelnut in the blender and blend, scraping down the sides as needed, until it is a fine grain.
-Add the ground oats and blend.
-Add the coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and salt, blend again, scraping down the sides as needed.
-Add the oats and blend just enough to be well mixed but so that the rolled oats are still a little “chunky”.
– Mix in the vegan chocolate chips by hand.
-Roll the dough into 1″ balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer.
-Leave in the freezer for at least one hour then transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer.
-Now choose if you are a brownie lover, blondie lover… or both!
I hope you enjoy!