Chocolate cravings. They always find a way into your head. There’s just nothing quite like the taste of chocolate. So I am elated to uncover this raw brownie recipe that combines dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder to make a delicious, Paleo-friendly treat. And the recipe is so simple! They take under 20 minutes to make, so I have found myself repeating this recipe almost every week. Too good to be true? Try them for yourself and see!
You simply blend everything together, and then roll the ‘dough’ into bite-size brownie balls. They way that I roll the raw brownie mixture usually yields about 8 medium-sized brownie bites, but you can make them even smaller or larger depending on what you like. Sometimes I roll the finished brownie bites in chopped nuts or dried coconut. You can also press the dough mixture into a small baking dish, cool in the refrigerator, and cut squares out of it.
This simple recipe can make enough brownie bites to last you up to a week. Well, I guess that depends on whether you decide to gobble down three a day, but I just usually have one of these as an after-dinner snack, when I like to have something sweet. These are rich enough that I don’t eat 3-4 of them like I would want to with regular chocolate cookies. They also make a good afternoon energy boost. These raw brownie bites have a lot of fiber, protein and healthy fats, versus a highly sugary substitute.
These are best eaten cold, so refrigerate the bites after making them, instead of immediately consuming. They should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Add walnuts and salt to a blender or food processor. Mix until the walnuts are finely ground.
- Add the dates, vanilla, and cocoa powder to the blender. Mix well until everything is combined. With the blender still running, add a couple drops of water at a time to make the mixture stick together.
- Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, form small round balls, rolling in your palm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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