To say I am excited about this recipe would be an understatement. I threw these together one evening when I needed a last minute dessert for a dinner party and prayed that they'd turn out ok. Well, I was pretty thrilled with the outcome and now make these Raw Walnut Brownie Bites all the time! I still am shocked at how similar they taste to an actual brownie every time I bite into one of them. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Similar to my Superfood Bites, these little guys have fiber rich dates, almond butter, walnuts, coconut, hemp seed, and chia seed making them filled with “superfoods” as well. However, there are some other welcome additions to these bites that also make them insanely delicious. One of them being cacao powder. Cacao powder is a total superfood itself and is what gives these bites their chocolatey flavor.
Cacao powder is the purest form of chocolate and unlike cocoa powder, cacao is unrefined meaning it still contains all of the vital nutrients that are lost in the process of making cocoa powder and chocolate bars. Cacao is one of the highest sources of antioxidants and is rich in minerals such as iron and magnesium. It also contains 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber for every 2 tablespoons. Chocolate that is actually really good for you?! I am in!
And like I mentioned, these bites contain hemp and chia seeds which are high in omega's, protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Almond butter and walnuts high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, omega's, iron, magnesium, and vitamin E. Some protein and fiber found in the coconut, and of course dates rich in minerals, and fiber.
Raw Walnut Brownie Bites are great as an energy filled snack during the day, or as a yummy dessert at night!
This recipe is also ridiculously easy. Throw everything into the food processor, roll into little balls, store bites in the fridge, done! No baking required. And they last for up to a couple of weeks so you can enjoy them long after you make them.
Raw Walnut Brownie Bites
(Makes 12-14 Bites)
20 dates, pitted
3/4 cup raw walnuts
2 Tbs raw almond butter
3 Tbs raw cacao powder
2 Tbs unsweetened coconut, shredded or flakes
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs hemp seeds
2 Tbs water, filtered
*I like using organic pitted deglet noor dates. They come already pitted unlike medjool dates and are a little bit smaller. So if you already have medjool dates in your pantry or can't find deglet dates, then I would blend all of the ingredients without water first and see how they combine. Then add one tablespoon of water at a time and only use as much as needed. Medjool dates are bigger than deglet dates, therefore they have more water content and may not need two full tablespoons of water.
1. Place pitted dates in the food processor, then add walnuts, almond butter, cacao powder, coconut, chia seed, hemp seed, and water. Blend until all ingredients are completely mixed.
2. With a spoon, scoop and roll the mixture into small balls using your hands (about 1 inch or so in size). You can now add a chopped walnut to each brownie bite (like pictured) if you'd like.
3. Cover and store in the fridge to enjoy for up to a couple of weeks!
I hope you all enjoy my healthier spin on the classic walnut brownie!