SCD Recipe: Hazelnut Cocoa Butter Date Bites

Hazelnut and chocoloate is a classic flavor combination. Since starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) I haen’t been able to indulge in that particular flavor combination, but since I have some raw cocoa butter in my fridge, I thought it would be fun to try some sort of approximation.

I whipped up these date bites in only a few minutes and they are very tasty. I love that when they’re chilled the cocoa butter solidifies to a very satisfying smooth texture. These bites are a great snack and something I love to have on hand in my refrigerator or freezer.

If you don’t have any cocoa butter, you can substitute melted coconut oil instead. It will create about the same texture when it’s chilled.

SCD Hazelnut Cocoa Butter Date Bites

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Paleo, SCD
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 pieces


  • 2 cups Medjool dates (about 15) make sure to remove the pits
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup melted cocoa butter
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shredded cococut (unsweetened)


  1. To melt the cocoa butter, put about a half cup of pieces in a small saucepan

  2. Heat over medium heat until it's mostly melted and you can only see a couple of solid pieces

  3. Remove from heat and set aside. The remaining pieces should melt

  4. Add dates, nuts, sea salt, and melted cocoa butter to food processor

  5. Process on high until everything is in small crumbles - 1 - 2 minutes

  6. Spread shredded coconut on a cutting board or some parchment paper

  7. Form crumbles into balls with your hands

  8. Roll balls in shredded coconut to coat

  9. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow them to solidify

  10. Store in refrigerator or freezer

Sherry Lipp

Sherry is a writer/blogger specializing in entertainment and food writing. She has been following a gluten, grain, and sugar-free diet for over 15 years and is the author of Don't Skip Dessert: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Sugar-Free Sweet Treats. She also enjoys writing about movies and television. You can find her entertainment articles at
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