Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

These Nutella Date Cake Pops feature dark chocolate which contains heart-healthy flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to protect the blood vessels from inflammation. The other key players in this recipe, hazelnuts and medjool dates, have their own perks too. Hazelnuts contribute monounsaturated fats, which can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels, and medjool dates provide the cake pops with natural sweetness. One cake pop contains 6 grams of harmful saturated fat; however, the rich, chocolate taste should help you to stay satisfied with a single serving and avoid going overboard on total calories and fat.


By Colleen Sideck, RDN, LDN

Nutella Date Cake Pops

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Servings: 16

Ingredients

1 cup dark chocolate (i.e. Enjoy Life brand) or dark chocolate (at least 70% dark)
1 ½ cups hazelnuts, toasted with the skins rubbed off
1 cup medjool dates, pitted & packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
paper straws or cake pop sticks.
powdered sugar, colored holiday sprinkles, or maldon salt for finishing (optional)

Instructions

1. In a double boiler or microwave, melt ½ cup of the chocolate. Remove from heat when melted.
2. In a food processor, process hazelnuts, dates, vanilla, and salt until fully incorporated.
3. Add in roughly 2 to 3 tablespoons of the melted chocolate to the date nut mix and continue processing to fully incorporate.
4. Place the mixture in a container and freezer for about 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, if using paper straws, cut them to the size for a cake pop stick. Cover a flat dish that will fit in your refrigerator with parchment.
6. Remove dough from freezer, scoop into walnut-sized pieces, and roll into balls. Dip straw or cake pop sticks into melted chocolate and insert into the center of each ball about half way through. Using a spoon as needed, dip balls into the chocolate and place on prepared parchment paper with the stick pointing straight up. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
7. Optionally dust with powdered sugar, colored holiday sprinkles, or maldon salt.

1. In a double boiler or microwave, melt ½ cup of the chocolate. Remove from heat when melted. 2. In a food processor, process hazelnuts, dates, vanilla, and salt until fully incorporated. 3. Add in roughly 2 to 3 tablespoons of the melted chocolate to the date nut mix and continue processing to fully incorporate. 4. Place the mixture in a container and freezer for about 10 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, if using paper straws, cut them to the size for a cake pop stick. Cover a flat dish that will fit in your refrigerator with parchment. 6. Remove dough from freezer, scoop into walnut-sized pieces, and roll into balls. Dip straw or cake pop sticks into melted chocolate and insert into the center of each ball about half way through. Using a spoon as needed, dip balls into the chocolate and place on prepared parchment paper with the stick pointing straight up. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens. 7. Optionally dust with powdered sugar, colored holiday sprinkles, or maldon salt.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 192; Total Fat: 13 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 1 mg; Sodium: 5 mg; Potassium: 73 mg; Carbohydrate: 20 g;  Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 14 g; Protein: 3 g
Nutrition Bonus: Iron: 9%; Calcium: 1%;
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