Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites

Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

There’s something about Friday that makes me want to share dessert. Monday’s are always a day when I really need dessert, but Friday? I feel like we all deserve dessert on a Friday.

The problem is that I’ve been trying to avoid refined sugar this year. I’ve always known sugar is bad for you but the more I read, the more I realize that it’s not much different from eating poison. It causes inflammation in the body, spikes your blood sugar and has zero nutritional value.

BUT…it makes everything taste so good!

Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

As a result, baking dessert that’s vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free proves to be my most difficult challenge. Most of the time it tastes like cardboard, is ridiculously mushy or it crumbles to a million pieces. It’s almost like the word healthy and dessert don’t even belong in the same sentence together.

However, I have been determined to find a way to avoid sugar and still get my fix.  Mama needs her dessert and little pieces of Hershey’s Bliss dark chocolate ain’t gonna cut it forever.

No Bake Brownie Bites

The good news is, if you put pitted dates, nuts, and cocoa powder into a food processor with a little bit of coconut oil, it turns into fudgy, chocolately, brownie amazingness!!

No Bake Brownie Bites

Dates are naturally high in sugar so they help add that sweet flavor that we all love, but they also offer a host of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Combine that with walnuts, coconut oil and pure cocoa powder, and you’ve got a nice nutritional line-up in your dessert.

Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

Now that doesn’t mean you can eat a hundred of these soft, delicious little bites. Although it wouldn’t be hard to. Dates are high in sugar and even though it’s natural, it still raises your blood sugar. But eating one, maybe two a day is reasonable.

This was another recipe that was not very photogenic so you’ll have to take my word when I say they taste way better than they look. Here is a picture from the first time I made them which I think shows the fudgy texture really well but I just knew Foodgawker would be all, “harsh lighting/white balance issues…blah, blah, blah”.

Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

That’s basically their nice way of saying, “you suck.”

Oh well, it gave me an excuse to make them again and try out another version with hemp seeds and shredded coconut.

Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

Brandon said those were his favorite but I was torn. I liked them both equally.

Healthy No Bake Brownie Bites {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

Anyway, if you’re like me and are looking for healthy options to satisfy those I’m going to strangle someone if I don’t get my chocolate cravings then I urge you to give these a try. They’re likely to save a few lives.

Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 bites

Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts

1 cup Mejdool Dates, pitted (about 11)

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon melted refined coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Hemp Seed and Coconut Brownie Bites

3/4 cup walnuts

1 cup Mejdool Dates, pitted (about 11)

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons melted refined coconut oil

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Place walnuts in a food processor and blend on high until finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) and pulse until a uniform dough has formed.
  2. Place dough into a medium size bowl along with chocolate chips (add coconut and hemp seeds at this point if making the second option) then mix together with your hands. Take one heaping tablespoon worth of dough at a time and roll into balls. Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes before serving. (refrigeration isn't necessary but it helps them solidify)
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to one week.
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