We went for a mid-winter hike with our friend/cousin Rose the other day. Afterwards Rose put out a plate of delicious and healthy brownie bites. These tasty goodies just happen to be raw, vegan and gluten-free. First and foremost though, they are delicious. I ate a few that day and I was eager to make them again myself.
I asked Rose to share the recipe asap. I made one small change, adding vanilla extract for a bit of vanilla-tasting goodness. These Coconut Date Brownie Bites have lots to boast about - they offer great protein from pecans, as well as an abundance of nutrients in the form of delicious, plump and moist Medjool dates.
They don't contain sugar - they are sweetened with the aforementioned dates, as well as a small amount of maple syrup. The unsweetened coconut adds to the taste sensation. Best of all, they contain cocoa, which, combined with the dates, makes you think you are eating a rich, chocolaty dessert.
These brownie bites are quick and simple to make too. With the help of your food processor they are ready in just minutes. Throw all the ingredients in, process for a minute or so until the dough comes together, as pictured above, and then roll them into 1-inch balls. This mixture is no-fuss - it doesn't stick to your hands and it rolls beautifully.
Put out a plate of these brownie bites for your guests on New Year's Eve. Make up a batch for your health-conscious loved ones on Valentine's Day. Store a bunch of brownie bites in the freezer for whenever a chocolate craving hits. Have one or two after you go to the gym. Pop a couple of brownie bites in a small container for a mid-morning snack at work.
You get the picture - these wee brownie bites are a nourishing snack or dessert anytime you need one! I rolled a few in coconut or cocoa powder to make them all perty-like.
As a fresh new year reaches out to embrace us with all its possibilities, I know that many of you, like me, are thinking of improving your diets. These Coconut Date Brownie Bites could be just the snack you need to help you avoid reaching for sugary sweets.
Happy New Year lovely people! What snacks will you enjoy on New Year's Eve?
Coconut Date Brownie Bites (raw vegan)
Keywords: vegan soy-free gluten-free ball
Ingredients (30 1-inch bites)
- 1 cup of pecan halves
- 1 cup (packed tight) of pitted Medjool dates
- 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 4 Tbsp unsweetened shredded (fine) coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process for 1 minute or so, until the pecan bits are hardly noticeable and the mixture forms a dough-like ball.
Remove "dough" from food processor and roll small spoonfuls by hand into 1-inch balls.
Serve as is or roll in coconut or cocoa powder for a festive look.
Place any leftover bites in a cookie tin or plastic storage container lined with wax paper. Freeze.
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