Hazelnuts, dates, and dark chocolate hearts, covered in more smooth creamy dark chocolate, drizzled with raspberry cream. Yum! Make these Chocolate Hazelnut Hearts for someone special, even if that someone special is you.
I don't eat a lot of candy, but one of my favorites is Ferrero Rocher, the combination of hazelnut and chocolate is so indulging. This is a slightly different combination of hazelnut and chocolate.
Whenever I get candy on Valentine's Day I always want to get the candy with the nuts, Well this one is full of nuts, one of my favorites, hazelnuts.
I try to always keep thing simple, so this is another easy one for you. I started with my basic energy bites ingredients, nuts and dates, adding the chocolate inside and out. Like any other recipe if you want to change the nut, you can switch out for your favorite. You'll process the nuts first, next you'll add in the dates, chocolate chips, coconut oil, and vanilla process until it resembles a coarse meal. It should stick together when pressed between your fingers. If I doesn't just add in a small, very small amount of water and pulse a few times. How easy is that!
When it was time to cover the outside of the candy I used a higher quality chocolate like Scharffen Berger.
I wanted to keep everything all natural, so I used a seedless raspberry jam, mixed with a powdered evaporated cane sugar to make the piping glaze. I enjoyed making and eating this recipe. I hope you give this one a try and have as much fun as I did. Go make some Chocolate Hazelnut Hearts for your sweetheart!
Chocolate Hazelnut Hearts
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 14 1x
- 1 cup hazelnuts
- 1 cup pitted dates, about 10
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- dash of salt
- 4 ounces semi-sweet dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry spreadable jam
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Place hazelnuts in food processor and process 5 to 7 seconds.
- Add dates and chocolate chips to processor and process until the mix starts to come together.
- Add coconut oil, vanilla and dash of salt pulse until it resembles coarse meal. (about 3 to 4 seconds more). Mixture should stick together when pressed between your fingers. If it doesn't add in a small amount of water and pulse.
- Transfer mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet or cutting board, shape into a rectangle about ½ inch thick. Mixture will not fill the pan. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and cut into heart shapes using a heart shaped cookie cutter.
- Bring a small pot of water to a simmer boil, place a metal or glass bowl over the top of pot and place the chopped chocolate in the bowl, stir gently until completely melted and smooth.
- Carefully place heart into chocolate and gently spoon chocolate to cover, place on another parchment lined cookie sheet and allow to harden. When all hearts have been dipped you can place in fridge to harden.
- Place the jam in a small bowl and heat in microwave for 3 to 4 seconds to melt. Mix in the powdered sugar until smooth. It will seem like there is too much sugar, but keep mixing it will come together.
- Spoon mixture into a zip bag, cut a very small hole in one of the corners.
- Remove hearts from the fridge, squeeze the sugar mixture over the chocolate covered hearts in a back and forth motion. Return to fridge until completely hardened. If you like you can store them in the freezer.
- Serving Size: 2 oz.
- Calories: 207
- Sugar: 25.2
- Sodium: 3.4
- Fat: 11.4
- Saturated Fat: 5.8
- Carbohydrates: 29.2
- Fiber: 2.6
- Protein: 1.8
Christina from Asoulfultwist says
These look addictive, and from the sound of the recipe I know they are. I just love dates!
They are addictive Christina, it's so hard to stop eating them. It's nice to meet another date lover.
Deborah Davis says
Hi Celeste, These chocolate hazelnut hearts are positively mouthwatering! I would probably want to eat the whole batch! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party” Blog Hop! I appreciate it!
Thanks Deborah, I hope you have a chance to give these a try, they are so delicious and yes, you will need lots of willpower to not eat the whole batch.
Celeste, these are absolutely beautiful and I love that they are vegan too! You've inspired me to get baking tomorrow!
Thanks Lucie, I'm glad I've inspired you. Have fun making these and enjoy!
Julie @ Logger's Wife says
Those look seriously yummy. I'm a hazelnut lover for sure. 🙂 (visiting from Titus 2 Tuesday)
They are and let me warn you, it's hard to stop eating them.
Thanks Julie for visiting.
danielle wells says
These look delicious! I could totally make these right now!
That's what so nice about this. It's so easy.
Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient says
Really loving this! Looks like the perfect treat that is just enough sweetness.
I like sweet, but not too sweet.
Lou Lou Girls says
This is so awesome! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing this at our party! I always love your amazing creations. I hope to see you next Monday because we love to party with you! Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls
Wow these look so amazing! Can't wait to try them!
Thanks Miranda, Please enjoy!
These look and sound marvelous!
Thanks Mary, these are truly marvelous!
Becky, Cuddle Fairy says
These look AMAZING! I love that the ingredients are all natural! The heart shape is perfect for Valentines day. #WAYWOW x
Yum! What a delicious looking treat, and perfect for Valentines day too.
Thanks Jed, I hope you try this!
Good Morning Celeste,
It would appear that your cook book is way past due! Your recipes are so enticing and your photography so pretty...get busy and get that cook book proposal in the mail.
This recipe had me at dates plus hazelnuts plus chocolate. Um...delicious.
Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing that cookbook soon.
Funny you say that, I'm working on a mini ecookbook for the blog as a give-a-way.
Rebecca B. says
Your Chocolate Hazelnut Hearts sound absolutely sinful, but I love that they are actually a healthy treat! I need to make these for my Valentine 🙂
Thanks Rebecca, I hope you have a chance to make this for your Valentine, and I hope your Valentine loves it.
Mardene Carr says
Saved and printed and pinned. I am definitely going to try these as I am a dark chocolate fan
You will love these, there is dark chocolate inside and out.
Those look really good! Perfect treat for Valentine's Day. Too bad I can't have treats right now!
Hopefully you'll have a chance to try these when you can have treats again.
Thanks for visiting Inez.
Here goes my diet 😀
It's not to bad, as long as you don't eat them all at once. But I'll warn you it's hard to eat just one.
I wish I could give you some through my computer, I have a batch in front of me and it's so hard not to eat every last one of them.
Oh my gosh that looks delicious! I think I could probably eat the entire pan of them! Chocolate and hazelnut is one of my favorite combinations!
It took a lot of willpower for me not to eat the entire pan myself.
Thanks Christine for visiting, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Jonathan Key says
Wow this is so yummy! And perfect timing with Valentines right around the corner. May try this with the kids this weekend. Thanks for the great and easy recipe!
Your kids will love cutting out the hearts as much as they'll love eating them.
Have fun and have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Sandra Garth says
These look amazing! So happy to have found you through Thursday Favorite Thing blog hop.
I'm glad you found me Sandra, and I'm glad you found something you like. Hopefully you'll get to try them soon.
Thanks for visiting.
Bethany @ athletic avocado says
I could care less for candy, but chocolate? Chocolate is everything! Espiceally when its paired with hazelnut (aka this recipe ):)
I feel the same way about candy as you do, unless it's filled with hazelnuts and another of my favorites, coconut. Which by the way can be added to this recipe.
Thanks for visiting Bethany.
They look amazing!!
I hope you have a chance to try these goodies real soon.
Trista, Domesticated Momster says
Well don't these look like a chocolate little piece of heaven. I too am not a huge fan of candy...especially since being on the healthy track since the start of the year but I will be adding these beauties to my baking pinterest board. I am visiting from #manicmondays.
Hi Trista, I'm glad you have found something you can have occasionally that won't ruin your healthy track. The great thing about these goodies is that there is no baking required.
Thanks for visiting.
Yum! I love hazelnut! Found you on the Tips & Tutorials link party! -Shari @ sincerelyjean.com
Hi Shari, I'm glad yo found me. I hope you have a chance to enjoy this soon.
Thanks for visiting.
Oh my! How delicious. Drooling on my keyboard.
Ha Ha, Thanks Pamela. They are pretty delicious, hope you give them a try.
Eden Hills says
Those look so yummy!
Thanks, they're super yummy!
The Better Baker says
Yes oh yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back again soon.
They are yummy! I'll be back to your party next week, thanks for hosting.By the way what time does your party go live?
Your pictures are beautiful and this recipe sounds amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it! 🙂
Thanks Laura, Enjoy!!
Oh my heavenly days! I just made hazelnut hot cocoa for my cuties this morning and am SO excited to find these!!! Thank you for sharing....YUM YUM YUM and PINNED!! 😉
Oh my, I have never had hazelnut hot chocolate, I will have to give it a try.I hope you like these.
Thanks for visiting.
Yum! These look amazing - I'm very picky about my chocolate and sweets... if I'm going to eat the calories I want to enjoy them! I might have to give these a shot.
I feel the same way Marissa, Enjoy!
Miz Helen says
What a special Valentine Treat, your Chocolate Hazelnut Hearts looks delicious. Hope you have a very special Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Thanks Miz Helen, Happy Valentine's Day!!!
These look amazingly delicious Celeste! I love chocolate and hazelnut too but I also love the raspberry creme. I love raspberries. They look divine! Thanks so much for sharing with #manicmonday I'm definitely sharing this! I'm sure there are many others out there who would love these!
Have a super Happy Valentine's Day weekend.
These look absolutely amazing! I'm not a big candy maker, but this makes me want to try. 🙂 I'm pinning this one! Thank you!
Thanks Wendy, I hope you give this a try.
these are so great! I love the idea of pulsing the nuts together! dark chocolate is my favourite so these would be perfect for me 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #YumTum this week xx
Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Happy Valentine's Day! Will you be mine? LOL I want a bite of one of these gorgeous hearts, actually, more than one, but I don't want to appear greedy! LOL I love the ingredients and how much fun you have with your food! Pinned and Yummed, I want to try these, make them for those I love too!!!
Kim Cunningham says
They look so pretty! I bet that are super good, to boot!
Jesh StG says
You make it look so easy! But i love both hazelnuts and chocolate, so this recipe goes on my list. Thanks so much for sharing!
You are so welcome, enjoy!
I'm so hungry right now. I want to try all of them.
They are delicious and hard to stop eating.
O my! I never eat junk food, but these look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with The Alder Collective! Hope to see you again this week!
I consider this my candied energy bite. The natural sugar from the dates and the protein from the nuts gives me what I need form my running workouts.