Grain-Free Raw Brownie Bites

By Jess

5 from 2 ratings

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!

Raw Brownie Bites- try these!

Raw Brownie Bites- try these!

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.

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brownie bites recipe

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


  1. Add walnuts and salt to a blender or food processor. Mix until the walnuts are finely ground.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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    • I got 17 balls out of it and they worked out to be 100 calories each… but you could just make smaller balls and then obviously they’d have less calories per ball

    • I got something similar to Yvonne. 18 brownie bites at 95 cal each. I plugged it into the calorie calculator on myfitnesspal and got: Carbs 8, Fat 7, Fiber 2, Protein 2, Sugar 5.

    • They are out of this world.
      The combination of the date mixed with cocoa powder makes the bite taste like pure sweet chocolate.. since dates are so sweet..
      Add the walnuts. It so satisfied your sweet tooth.. I love these .they will be my quickie go to treat.
      FYI, Dates are so sticky, I didn’t want to waste the fig by putting in blender. So I mixed cocoa and nuts in small bowl and mixed up with 1 date at a time.. mixing well and then rolling with palm of your hands.

  1. I have a question, based on the ingredients I’m seeing listed, they’re all ingredients that have a very long shelf life, so I’m wondering why they would only keep for one week. Is it possible to keep them longer whether refrigerated or not?

    This is a candidate for a care package, hence why I’m asking 🙂

    • Separately they might last a long time but when the dates, vanilla, and water are all mixed together I would keep them in the refrigerator, though they may last a little longer than one week. Mine never make it that long!

  2. This recipe is EXACTLY what I’ve been searching for…. I am now living the paleo life but I need my choco fix and these do it. #amazeballs

  3. Oh my word – these are SO delicious – and so simple!! The ones rolled in coconut (I did half and half) taste JUST like lamingtons – YUM! Next time I’m going to try using rum instead of water and roll them in cocoa for a grown up version 🙂

  4. I love this recipe! I used dark cocoa and it mad it rich like a truffle. When i want just a little more sweetness, i add about a tablespoon of really ripe banana. Just enought to sweeten it without making it a chocolate covered banana flavor! YUM!

  5. Made these tonight – YUM – Even tho my food processor did nearly have a heart attack in the process!! I had to mix it all in 3 batches. Worth it – am going to work the dreaded night shift in five minutes so have packed some of these for a nice paleo 3am pick me up lol Many thanks for the recipe. Will pin it!!

    • Hilary

      I’m only new to all of this and I share the same thoughts. Cacao powder is closest you can get to natural where as all the recipes are using cocoa powder, which is more processed.

      I’m confused also.

    • Unsweetened cocoa powder is harder to find than the regular stuff, but it is allowed on Paleo.

  6. Wow! I mean, wow! These are ridiculous they are so good and so easy to make. I keep a stash in the freezer and they freeze beautifully.

  7. Mmm, just made these. I used roasted hazelnuts because, you know, Nutella. Mmhmm, good decision. I wanted a little more sweet, so I added apple juice concentrate in lieu of the water. So delicious, so satisfying. Thank you for a great recipe!

    • Hmm, that is a tricky question! The only other thing I could think of would be perhaps trying figs.

    • I am not a big fan of dates either, but the taste of cocoa and nuts overpowered the dates. I didn’t feel them at all. The dates are very very sweet (that’s why I don’t like them), and the sweetness is what they bring to this great recipe.

      • I substituted raisins for dates one time and it turned out tasty. Changed the taste some, but my kids really couldn’t tell.

  8. Omg! I just made these. yummy!!!! I ran the recipe through calorie count and it says there are 217 calories per serving. However I got 16 balls instead of 8 so mine have about 106 calories each. Sooooooooooo good!!!

  9. These look mouth watering! Could I substitute almonds for the walnuts? If not, I may be willing to go to the store to make these bad boys…

  10. I can’t eat nuts or seeds – bummer allergy! Any ideas for substitution? Shredded coconut?

    • Maybe try coconut butter or shredded coconut? Both will give a different texture from each other as well as different from the nuts, but it might work.

  11. These we’re AMAZING!!!! I didn’t have walnuts so I used almonds and it still turned out great. I don’t need regular brownies with this delicious bites!! Thanks!!!!

  12. These are amazing! I just made a batch and it is sooooo easy and quick. The taste is amazing; what a way to satisfy the sweet or chocolate craving. I can’t wait to try it in the morning with coffee before my run 😉
    Will definitely be sharing this one

  13. These are amazing! So simple, so quick. My 4-year old loves them. It’s nice to find a healthier alternative for the little ones. Thank you!

  14. Tried these for a much needed chocolate fix and they were AWESOME! I didn’t have walnuts so I used pecans, delicious. Also didn’t have dates, so I used raisins and added a spoonful of coconut sugar for extra sweetness. I rolled them around in extra coconut sugar and let them set in the fridge. Not only did they look like expensive truffles, but they tasted just as good! This is my new go-to snack for chocolate!

  15. These were great! I actually changed the recipe to support my workout schedule. I used 1/2 c walnuts and 1c vanilla whey protein powder instead. I then used 3/4 c dates and followed recipe according to rest of the ingredients. They were delicious and the consistency was perfect! Just an idea if you are wanting a more protein filled snack.

  16. Hey guys,

    thanks for these great recipe. Mine taste amazing but I had some problems while mixing them. I had to pause and push everything back to the bottom in order to get cut by the knives. Did I do something wrong? I mean it is different to try to blend stuff without liquidity right? Any advice?

  17. I was craving chocolate in a bad way, and this saved me. This is my first Paleo dessert, so thank you for making it an outstanding first.

  18. Hi,

    These look delicious! trying them this weekend. Is that vanilla essence or fresh vanilla you have listed in the recipe?


  19. Made these tonight after my first week on Paleo (anyone else feel starving all the time at this point?). Struggling not to cheat, trying to stay committed to support my wife, and these may have saved my life. Not nuts, rolled in Cocoa powder… yum! I plan on doubling the vanilla and maybe adding cinnamon on the next round (perhaps even some banana). Thanks for sharing.

  20. This is the best treat I’ve made so far using Carob powder. Instead of the Cocoa powder I used Carob powder which is not my favorite compared to chocolate and I added 1 tsp of Nielsen-Massey pure chocolate extract and a little more than a pinch of sea salt. Best chocolatey tasting thing I’ve made with Carob powder so far! Will definitely make again!!

  21. When you say vanilla, do you mean like vanilla extract, vanilla bean, or vanilla whey protein..? Im new to this cooking thing.

  22. Oh my goodness! These are AMAZING! Thankyou SO much for this recipe! They definitely did the trick!

  23. I have made these several times. They are amazing and really satisfy. I have used figs instead of dates but prefer the dates. 🙂

  24. This was my first Paleo Grubs recipe and it was incredibly yummy! Made them for the first time a few nights ago and added way too much water…had to kind of squeeze the excess out before forming each ball but they were still very good. Rolled a few in ground unsweetened coconut flakes, which made them even better. Did not add water in my second batch but did stream in a bit of pure maple syrup, then rolled some in ground pecans and some in the coconut. This batch was very good, but I almost liked the texture/consistency of my first batch that had too much water, as those were softer, like a very moist brownie. This recipe seems like it could be very versatile…can’t wait to try lots of different nuts, flavorings and additions, such as dried tart cherries. Loved the banana idea that one poster mentioned. I took some of my second batch as a gift to my favorite doctor’s office during my recent appointment and everyone loved them!

  25. I was excited to try this recipe, and it certainly lived up to it’s expectations! I made smaller brownies so I got about 16 from the batch. Sadly, I ate 13 brownies in 2 days & only shared 3. What can I say, it had been over a month since I started Paleo and this ex-chocoholic had some catching up to do! On the bright side, I got my 2 year old to like them- yay!

  26. OMG!! I am absolutely in love with these brownies! I made these tonight and can’t believe how great they are! Who would have thought that just some nuts, dates, and cocoa powder could taste like this?? They seriously taste like brownies. Chocolate has been one of the hardest things for me to give up and these little snacks have changed everything for me. I doubled the recipe and added just a couple drops of stevia and was totally satisfied just eating 2. Chocolate crave is gone! Thank you Rebecca!!

  27. Mmm made these with soaked and dried hazelnuts and didn’t even see that I was supposed to add water. But they worked, and no, I couldn’t wait to eat them cold (not all, haha)! Thank you!!

  28. Freakin’ delicious!!!
    It’s been one week ago, that I gave them a try for the first time. Now I have to replace the empty box for the third time … Addiction factor 5000+

  29. Wow this is very good! y blender couldn’t handle blending it as is, so I added unsweetened coconut milk to help it blend and made more of a pudding, but it was still soo delicious! best pudding ever!

  30. I just made these last night, I loved them, my picky daughters loved them and my health crazed husband loved them. I added a little more water since I couldn’t get the dates to blend, note to me, chop them up before going in the blender, so I put them in the oven at 250 for about 12-15 minutes. They smelled my whole house up like brownies and they were SO amazing! My oldest liked them best warm!

    • Soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes. They soften up and are easier to pit and blend up nicely.

  31. OMFGoodness!!! These really ARE amaze-balls!!! My 8 and 10 yr olds kept trying to eat them all while I was trying to make them into balls!
    I’ve only been doing Paleo for 5 days and was about to give up, after all…. without chocolate, what’s the point in living?? But now that I found these, I can LIVE, I CAN LIVE!! 😉

  32. I am new to Paleo – and these will definitely help keep me on track! They are FATANTASTIC! I made them in my food processor and had no problem getting them to come together – didn’t need any water. I think using a blender would be more challenging. For those of you who struggled, give it a try in your food processor.

  33. These are so yummy.
    My family is making the shift away from the “conventional” way of eating and slowly shifting into a more healthier way. I made these yummy balls of goodness yesterday but used cacao instead of cocoa and added Chia seeds and Maca powder. We are only newbies and looking forward to many more recipes from you website to help us on our journey.
    Thanku 😉

  34. Brilliant! Thanks for the recipe. I did use hazelnuts, medjool dates, and Hershey’s unsweetened cacao powder. Totally worth the trip to the grocery store 🙂

  35. These are awesome!!! I did roughly chop the dates prior to blending and doubled the vanilla. Didn’t have any issues with the amount of water just added it a tablespoon at a time until my food processor formed the mixture into a ball. Used a tablespoon measure to form balls and came up with 16 as previously commented on. This is definitely a must have recipe for all paleos!

  36. Wow…these are great! I am not doing Paleo but I AM trying to cut out refined sugar for January. It was killing me not to have a treat after dinner and I’d already slipped up yesterday and had chocolate. Today I found this recipe and it was EXACTLY what I needed to get me through the after-dinner-sweet-tooth successfully! Yeah! Thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂

  37. These are just amazing!!

    So easy to make, and taste soo goood!

    Really helping me get through a >50g carb per day diet 🙂

    The mrs said they’re vile, but when u haven’t had carbs or chocolate in weeks, they taste like heaven 🙂

  38. Sooooo good! I made them with almond meal instead of the walnuts as my hubby can’t have them. Everyone kept asking for more! Thank you for this!

  39. I’ve made these a couple of times. Last time I added dried apricots to the mix and rolled in coconut. They were even better than the original.

  40. Loved these! Made them for my kids as a store bought date brownie substitute. My 7 and 2 year old love them! Thank you they are easy and so much cheaper.

  41. Just tried making these today, after checking the measurements-more used to pounds and ounces, or grams. The original version, very dark and not overly sweet.
    Then adapted it to substitute the cocoa powder for ground almonds, the dates for dried apricots and the vanilla essence for almond essence. Also added 2 dessert spoons of honey. Really delicious!

  42. Absolutely love these. They were gone quick once I shared them with friends. I’ve been using pecans and will change up the recipe every now and then by making a chocolate mint flavor or an apple pie flavor. All are really easy and take 5 minutes to make. I’m addicted.

  43. I made these yesterday and they are DELICIOUS! I added 1/2 cup more dates bc the cocoa was a bit too bitter for me, and I used a 1 tbsp scoop. Got about 20. Can’t be sure on count though bc my husband stole a couple as I was rolling them! They were a BIG HIT at our house. Thanks for the excellent recipe!

  44. I love chili powder and chocolate….I am going to dust mine with chili powder and cocoa….thanks, sounds yummy

    • I just found this recipe and made them tonight. I rolled mine in finely shredded organic no sugar added coconut and they look so pretty. My next batch I will roll in cocoa. I’m treating them like holiday rum balls 🙂

  45. Yummarama! These are so good. I had to ration them for myself, no more than two a day. I made them smaller so I could have them around longer. Great recipe! Thanks!

  46. These are absolutely perfect! I have made them with almonds and pecans, and both were great. Amazing recipe!

  47. Tried it for the first time using almonds and medjool dates. Didn’t have a food processor so everything was done by hand. Added espresso powder. Yummy mocha bites!

  48. WOW these are great but I tweaked the recipe a little. I used pecans vice walnuts and honey instead of water. This recipe is a keeper!

  49. Wow! I had sampled some amazing raw brownies at wfm one day, but lost the recipe. I searched online for a recipe that had the same ingredients, and yours was the only 1 I could find. Made these in about 30 seconds flat (or less) in my Vitamix…I actually think next time I’ll use a lower speed to give me a little more texture. The vitamix heated the mixture a tad, so they tasted like warm brownies right out of the oven…except healthy!! I still can’t believe how easy and delicious these are! Thank you!4

  50. I didn’t expect to have walnuts in this brownie recipe, but I’m still gonna try it. I try to avoid food with wheat flour. Stay healthy everyone!

  51. I subbed in cashews instead of the walnuts. Added some unsweetened coconut flakes. Came out wicked good…as we say up here (heyah) in Portland, ME….

  52. These are decadent! I have been experimenting with an anti-inflammatory diet and haven’t had ANY processed sugar (only honey and maple syrup are allowed in moderation) in 2 months. I stopped craving it a couple of weeks into it so I hope the sweetness of these don’t tempt me to try other deserts. These are so sweet that you could probably add more nuts and still have a fine treat. I’m going to experiment with it. Thanks for posting this recipe – it will be my go to for a treat from now forward.

  53. These are incredible. I like making them in my vitamix – they are so much smoother than in my food processor. Both are delicious, but they are extra special in the vitamix.

    Rating: 5
  54. I made these for a treat for my son. I liked that there was no refined sugar in them. They were delicious. I got 17 balls and I rolled half in coconut flakes. Thank you for such an easy recipe.

    Rating: 5

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