Cacao Brownie Bites
These no bake, 4-ingredient cacao brownie bites taste chocolatey and fudgy but without all the guilt. They are easy to make and are a healthy snack or treat.
This is my current favorite snack. The ingredients don’t seem like they would create a brownie-like treat, but they do.
These balls are made up of walnuts, dates, cacao powder, water and a touch of honey. That’s it. The key is the cacao powder.
Cacao is a superfood full of antioxidants. It is chocolate in its purest raw form. Most of the chocolate we consume is processed, which removes many of the nutrients and health benefits found in cacao.
Cacao powder is very rich and contains very little fat. When added to these bites, it makes them very chocolatey and fudgy. The dates are used to sweeten these bites, as well as to help them stick together and create that slightly chewy brownie texture. The ground walnuts act almost like a flour, giving a lightness to these bites as well as adding nutrition and a nutty flavor.
You can roll the finished balls in more cacao powder or other toppings. I rolled some in crushed pistachios and unsweetened shredded coconut.
Cacao Brownie Bites
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp honey (optional; it helps the mixture be a little more sticky but it's not necessary)
- In a food processor, add walnuts and pulse until finely ground. Add in remaining ingredients. Pulse until dates are broken down and everything is combined. The finished result should look a little crumbly but when you touch the mixture, it should be slightly sticky and moist rather than dry. If you scoop out a small spoonful and squeeze, the mixture should be sticky enough to stay together.
- Using a tablespoon, measure out 1 tbsp of the mixture and then press a few times into the palm of your hand to compact it before rolling into a round ball with both hands. Set aside. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Roll balls in cacao powder or other toppings like unsweetened coconut flakes or crushed nuts. Store in airtight container in fridge. Balls can be eaten straight from the fridge. Store up to one week.
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