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Healthy Vegan Fudgy Brownie Bites Recipe

Published on Nov 26, 2018 in Recipes

Who doesn’t like brownies? Rich, dense and ultra-fudgy, these brownies taste like they’re made with eggs, butter, flour, and sugar, even though don’t include any of those ingredients. They’re vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, with no sugar added and they’re healthy, but sure don’t taste healthy. No-bake, easy, and ready in minutes – doesn’t get better than that!

These brownie bites are my favorite snack. If you are vegan, vegetarian or just trying to lose those few stubborn pounds for an upcoming wedding and are bored of snacking on carrot sticks, I’d definitely recommend these as the next best snack. I like to call them magic balls. They are healthful, 100% natural and they curb your sugar cravings.

Vegan Brownie Bites

Benefits Of Cocoa Explained

These brownie bites spike up your energy levels while providing you with an instant mood lift thanks to the endorphins that the dark cacao releases in your body.

Prep time: 10 min

What You’ll Need

  • 2/3 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup soft, moist medjool dates, pitted and loosely
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons agave nectar, or as necessary
  • sprinkles for dredging, optional

Instructions

  1. To your food processor add the cashews, cocoa powder, and blend to pulverize into fine crumbs, about 15 seconds. Do not over-process because you will make chocolate-cashew butter very quickly.
  2. Add the dates, vanilla, and process until mixture begins to come together. It’s likely the mixture will be sandy, coarse and not combining. As necessary to get it to combine, add agave, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing to incorporate after each addition.
  3. You’ll know the consistency is right when the dough combines into a softball-sized mound and the mound travels around the canister in one big ball. Add a tablespoon or two more cocoa powder or cashews, as necessary, to dry out the dough. Dough that’s too pebbly, dry, or sandy will benefit from anther couple dates or tablespoon of agave, as necessary, to moisten it.
  4. Transfer dough to a plate or bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 1 week, before rolling into balls. Dough that’s warm is difficult to work with; it’s stickier, messier, and it leaves a chocolate paste-like layer on your hands. Wait until it’s chilled before pulling off small hunks and rolling between palms until smooth. Work quickly because the warmer the dough gets, the harder it is to roll. I roll the balls about 3/4-inch in diameter, up to 1-inch.
  5. Optionally, dredge balls through sprinkles. This has the added benefit of absorbing some of the tackiness or stickiness of the dough.
  6. I prefer the bites chilled and store them in the refrigerator. Bites will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for many weeks, or in the refrigerator for many months, or in the freezer for 6+ months.

Conclusion

The first time I tried these yummy snacks or desserts (their taste is definitely good enough to compete with the fatty, calorie laden, desserts that most of us are used to) I could not believe that they were all natural, nutritious, and good for you. I needed to mentally run through the ingredients I had put into them just to confirm that I wasn’t teasing myself! Everybody I know who has tried nutritious brownie bites has loved them! I would love to talk to you more about the goodness in these brownie bites but I am just itching to whip up these treats once again. You’re welcome to come for taste testing!

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