Another amazing recipe from the cookbook, Superfood Cuisine. Lily and I have had a lot of fun making these versatile no bake brownies. They’re simple to make and easy to adjust to your liking. You can press them into a square pan for a more traditional brownie shape or roll them into bite sized balls.

Cacao (kuh-cow) is an incredible superfood. It’s the unprocessed form of chocolate and one of the most antioxidant rich foods in the world! It’s an excellent source of minerals, several phytochemicals, and amino acids. You can substitute the cacao powder in this recipe with cocoa powder if you must but cacao powder is minimally processed to retain all it’s healthy benefits, whereas cocoa powder has been roasted, toasted and cooked.

No Bake Brownie Bites

Here’s what I did:

No Bake Brownie Bites

  • 1 cup Walnuts (raw are best!)
  • 1 cup Medjool Dates (about 10 or 11), pits removed
  • 1/2 cup Cacao Powder
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 tbsp- 1/2 cup Cacao Nibs (or chocolate chips)
  • optional additions: shredded coconut or chia seeds or a few sun dried goldenberries or…
  1. Place walnuts in a food processor and grind for a couple seconds to form a coarse flour.
  2. While the machine is running add the pitted dates (and goldenberries if you choose to add them).
  3. Add the cacao powder and salt and process until a moist, crumb like dough is formed. Pinch the dough together to see that it sticks. If your dates are a little dry then you may need to add a little water to help the dough come together.
  4. Add the cacao nibs, coconut, chia seeds or any other additions and pulse to combine with the dough.
  5. Squeeze a tbsp or two worth of dough in your hands and roll into small bite sized balls.

No Bake Brownie Bites

No Bake Brownie Bites

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13 Responses to No Bake Brownie Bites

  1. Gen says:

    um, YES! drooling…

  2. Dawn Suzette says:

    These sound & look so yummy! Thanks Annie.

  3. Ella says:

    just made these (used some maple syrup instead of water & choc chips) ~ thank you ~ so quick & yummy … although they’re all gone now!

  4. natalie says:

    This look so good… they wouldn’t last long in my hands:) I’m going to see if i can get that book. xo

  5. Gen says:

    Made these this morning and replaced a third of the dates with soaked figs and halved the cocoa powder. Great stuff!

  6. Taisa says:

    Yum! They are even GAPS legal! Gonna try these ones for sure!

  7. Lynn says:

    Yum! Where did you get your cacao?

  8. Bridie says:

    We made these in under 5 minutes and struggled not to eat them as fast. I think this’ll be my new “go-to” recipe when I need a little something. I’ve got to pick up that cookbook!

  9. Annie says:

    I’m so glad many of you tried them!

    Lynn- I buy my cacao powder from Jas at the local health food store is willing to special order some things for me but often it’s just cheaper to buy it online instead.

  10. molly says:

    i’m making these today! thank you for sharing!

  11. Lynn says:

    Thanks for that link Annie. I’m going to have to get this cookbook!

  12. clothespin says:

    I used to live in a cacao forest (no really, I did) – too bad I didn’t have this recipe or electricity or a food processor. Did you know that cacao is also a naturally fermented food? After it’s harvested, the seeds are removed from their pod… then it’s set out in the sun until the white goo on the seeds dries and turns dark brown. During this time the seeds ferment a bit. And despite my country producing a great amount of chocolate, the chocolate available to eat was lousy. My neighbors rarely cooked with it either – don’t think that they knew what to do with it really.

    Ah, the things you learn in Peace Corps.

  13. Annie says:

    I hope you all love them. I’m making *another* batch again today. So easy and yummy….

    clothespin- how cool is that! Thanks for sharing!

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