Cocoa Dusted Hazel-Nuggets

by Marla on February 10, 2010 · 43 comments

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We call my son the “Nugget.”  My friend Angie came up with this name and it stuck. He’s got a smile that brightens up my day…..always. I made these in honor of his nickname. These Cocoa Dusted Hazel-Nuggets are perfect to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. The combination of chocolate and hazelnuts is always a treat. Hence the invention of delicious Nutella spread. Nutella Day is here and this is my contribution. This is a major holiday in the world of food bloggers.

I am looking forward to touring around the web to see all the goodies everyone has come up with for this super fun event!

About Hazelnuts

  • A great source of healthy fats.
  • Suitable for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters.
  • A great grab and go snack/mini-meal.
  • Versatile.  You can grind hazelnuts and use them to replace traditional flour “breading.”  Instead of almond meal you can grind up hazelnuts and use them in my Skinny Almond Crusted Chicken Strips.  Hazelnuts can top salads and can be eaten out of your hand.  They can be ground into Hazelnut Butter.

Eating nuts mindfully and with portion control can be a great addition of healthy fats to you balanced diet.  Nuts are rich in fiber, omega-3’s, antioxidants, phytonutrients and they play a role in good cardiovascular health.

Cocoa Dusted Hazel-Nuggets

makes about 8 servings


  • I say go Big Batch here, the more Cocoa Dusted Hazel-Nuggets you have the better!  This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • Source Organic ingredients when available
  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your Hazel-Nuggets.  My ingredient lists are wide open for interpretation! I would love to hear your version.


2 cups Hazelnuts: Soak for 1 hour in warm water and peel off skins if you want to, I did
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Orange Extract (You can omit or use Coffee or Coconut Extract here too!)
2 tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Egg White
1/4 cup Agave Syrup, or Maple Syrup
1/4 tsp Salt
Add the following to a bowl, combine & set aside:
2 tbs Sweetened Cocoa Powder -or-
2 tsp Stevia Powder & 2 tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder


Pre heat oven to 275˚F. Line a baking sheet w/Silpat or parchment. Whisk together all ingredients excluding hazelnuts until well combined. Add hazelnuts to mixture, toss well to coat evenly. Place coated hazelnuts on lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes.  Watch carefully towards the end so they do not burn. Let them cool on baking sheet. Toss nuts in bowl with cocoa powder until well dusted. Store in an airtight container.

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Fresh Variations

  • Use your Cocoa Dusted Hazel Nuggets to top your Oat Bowl.
  • Spread a handful over your Thick Greek Yogurt parfait.
  • Don’t have Hazelnuts, try this recipe with almonds instead.

Nutella (Hazelnut Chocolate) Recipe Links

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria February 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Yep, I will be eating a big bowl of these soon. Thanks for a great Valentine treat!


2 Nicole, RD February 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Yummm! I am having a sweet tooth attack today and those didn’t help! 😛

I am so excited for BlogHer!!


3 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

You know what’s funny is I love hazelnut flavoring but I’ve never actually had a hazelnut! Any phrase with the word nugget in it cannot be made in big batches at my house! I’m going to see if I can find some hazelnuts at the store tomorrow to try this :)


4 Kathleen February 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Hey there I just found your blog and I love it! I am an oc food blogger too!


5 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Now THIS is a recipe that I adore :) Chocolate. perfect. I mean, hello :)

Thanks for all your awesome comments the past few. Your email that you received; there will always be someone w/ somthin’ to say. Delete key works wonders sometimes :)

Blogs before bedtime, when else do we moms have 2 secs to ourselves LOL so of course you do :)



6 rebecca February 11, 2010 at 5:20 am

oh wow love this great job u son is so cute


7 Naomi(onefitfoodie) February 11, 2010 at 7:07 am

thankyou SO much for visiting my blog and your sweet comments! I am so glad you did because now I found you!! LOVE your blog and LOVE this recipe! omg its perfect for valentines day or anytime of the day :)

your son is adorableeee!!!


8 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

Sounds yummy and delicious! I can’t wait to try these and I think the hubs would really like them too… and he’s not even a nut lover like me.


9 Jessica @ How Sweet February 11, 2010 at 10:14 am

These look delish!! Holy cow, I want some!!


10 Fitness Surfer February 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

Ah Ha! More healthy goodness recipes. Thanks for stopping by my site. Your right we do have a lot in common. However you are one up on me as far as food goes. I’m learning as much as I can about healthy and delicious ways to eat. I love agave. Very excited to try these bad boys out.


11 Alicia February 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

mmm these look and sound amazing! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog :)


12 sophia February 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

OMG. You can totally do business with these stuff, they look perfect!
I’m going to BlogHer too…but to the one in NYC.


13 caronae February 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

These sound absolutely perfect my dear, thanks for sharing!


14 Claudia February 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

I am loving those hazelnuts for Valentine’s Day.Looking for a treat that won’t make us go crazy in the sweet department. Perfect!


15 Trail (Oven Aversion) February 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

Mm, those sound great! Oddly, I’ve had hazlenut-flavored things, but don’t think I’ve ever eaten a straight-up hazlenut! They look so cute :)


16 Angela Martinucci February 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

Great blog! I look forward to checking out all of your amazing recipes. Stop by http://www.pantrymd some time:-) Those bake free cookies look really good!


17 Chocolate Freckles April 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I was browsing through your blog and you have great recipes!!! :) Loved this one!!! so cute!!


18 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

Great Valentines idea! You always come up with such creative food treats!


19 Jennifer (Savor) February 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

I did two nutella day recipes – yummy and naughty


20 Michelle | Bleeding Espresso February 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

Nice! I can see myself eating way too many of these in one sitting. Thanks for participating, and Happy World Nutella Day!


21 Amanda February 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

These are so cute Marla… and I LOVE the name and namesake!! Great recipe!!


22 Amanda February 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

Just have to mention, I am loving you new header!!


23 Molly Chester February 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

Love the new banner! And who doesn’t love chocolate… :)


24 Kristen February 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

What a great recipe idea!


25 Shaina February 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

These look delicious!


26 Kristen February 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hit enter too soon…
and I love your son’s nickname. I can totally see why that would stick!


27 Angie February 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Such a sweet nickname and great recipe, and OMG love your
new header!


28 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef February 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm

fabulous! i LOVE hazelnuts and often eating them freshly toasted. The new header looks great!!


29 Laura February 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

These sound delicious! I love that you created a Nutella-flavored snack without actually using Nutella – in fact these sound rather healthy! Hope you had a great Nutella Day!


30 Cookin' Canuck February 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

What a great take on Nutella Day. Leave it to you to come up with something original! I love the new look of your site, Marla!


31 the urban baker February 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

these are crazy! i want a big bowl of these. such a great idea, marla! loving all of it! xx


32 Bunkycooks February 6, 2011 at 5:50 am

The more the merrier…that’s for sure! These would disappear so quickly at my house. What an awesome treat! :)


33 SMITH BITES!! February 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

these are great Marla – a bit of chocolate w/the goodness of nuts – YES NUTELLA!!


34 Brooke@foodwoolf February 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Great idea for Valentine’s day. A sweet boy, a great recipe, and a beautiful mama! Awesome. I love the new banner, btw.


35 The Food Hunter February 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

What a cool idea.


36 Paula - bell'alimento February 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

Now this is my kind of snack ; ) Beautiful Marla!


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