Raw Brownie Bites (Vegan, Paleo)

Meet my new solution to your next chocolate craving.

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These brownie bites are something special. They are a simple combination of dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder, but they taste far more rich and decadent than you’d expect. Walnuts are a nutritional powerhouse, which have been shown to help reduce cholesterol, as well as increase omega-3 fatty acids in red blood cells. Studies have also shown that walnuts can particularly help with decreasing fat deposits in the mid-section. Paired with mineral-rich dates, these treats are a truly guilt-free indulgence.

Oddly enough, my favorite aspect of these brownie bites is that they remind me of the fudgy chocolate filling found in Keebler E.L. Fudge cookies. Crazy, I know, but they really do. I adored those cookies growing up, so this was a happy surprise on my part! I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

Raw Brownie Bites (Vegan, Paleo)
Makes about one dozen

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free, if you prefer)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup soft dates, pitted (about 10 Medjool dates)
1 tablespoon water

Additional cocoa powder, for coating (optional)

Directions:

In a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, grind the walnuts into a fine meal. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and process again until a sticky, uniform dough is formed. Scoop the batter by heaping tablespoons onto a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, to prevent sticking. Roll the balls between your hands, and roll them in cocoa powder, if desired.

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Store the balls in the fridge or freezer, and serve them chilled for the most firm texture. (I prefer them frozen, myself.)

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4.9 from 36 reviews
Raw Brownie Bites (Vegan, Paleo)
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Serves: 12
 
Quick and easy brownie bites that are exclusively sweetened with fruit!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups raw walnut halves
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free, if you prefer)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup soft dates, pitted (about 10 Medjool dates)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Additional cocoa powder, for coating (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade, grind the walnuts into a fine meal. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and process again until a sticky, uniform dough is formed. Scoop the batter by heaping tablespoons onto a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, to prevent sticking. Roll the balls between your hands, and roll them in cocoa powder, if desired.
  2. Store the balls in the fridge or freezer, and serve them chilled for the most firm texture. (I prefer them frozen, myself.)

Notes:

  • I prefer the taste of walnuts in these brownies, but feel free to use any other nut you like, including pecans or almonds. (Seeds may work, too, for a nut-free version.)
  • If you don’t have access to dates, try making these with another dried fruit, like raisins, instead. The flavor will be different, but still tasty!

Enjoy!

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116 thoughts on “Raw Brownie Bites (Vegan, Paleo)

  1. Annette Price

    I finally made these last night. What a great treat to have around when the urge for chocolate strikes. I like that they are not too overly sweet, but very chocolatey. Yum!

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  2. KHG

    Have made these twice in the past month to serve as a treat with a cup of tea in the evening – hits the spot every time. Pro tip: DO NOT forget the 1T water..! Second time I used 1T and a little more, made the bites a bit sticker and they stayed together better while I was rolling them together. May not be necessary for all, but worked for me. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. KHG

      Pro tip #2: make sure your dates are fresh..! Just returned to this recipe (for the 50th time) for a quick treat but the dates were too sticky and jammed up my food processor (although I have a mini-processor so that could’ve been part of it). But, still love this recipe and will be going to the store to get fresh ingredients today!

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  3. Cinn Jenn

    Yum! I finally got around to making these. Wish I hadn’t waited! I forgot to add the water but mine are still quite soft and stick together well. After reading the other comments, maybe I let it run too long in the food processor. I also added just 4 drops of stevia extract, because I like my chocolate really sweet. Will be making them again!

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  4. Kimberly

    Just made these and I LOVE them! They’re easy AND healthy! I had less than a cup of walnuts in the house so I made up the difference with almonds (putting a tiny bit less because I noticed they filled the cup more tightly than the walnuts) and it worked out beautifully. Thank you for a healthy way to satisfy our sweet tooths… er, teeth? 😀

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  5. Patti

    OMG, I know from reading the ingredients that I am going to love these. Thanks for making the recipe available!

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  6. Maxie Durel-Crain

    Made these today. Soooooo good! My only regret is that I didn’t buy enough ingredients to make 2 batches!

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  7. Julie T

    These are perfect for when I need a chocolate fix. My kids LOVE them so much too. I can’t tell you how many batches I’ve made of these this year. I love so many of your recipes but this is def one of my favs.

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  8. Kaeli

    So good! Have made these twice.
    I add in 2 tblsp of dark chocolate and 1 tblsp of cacao nibs
    Thanks for the amazing recipe!!:)

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  9. Misty

    I’ve been struggling to meet the 6-dates-a-day quota for pregnancy since dates are too sweet for me, and THIS SOLVES MY PROBLEM. I could eat a million of these at a time, they’re soooo good and not too sweet. Plus I think my baby likes them. 🙂

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  10. Bec

    Oh my gosh these are amazing!!!
    I didn’t have fresh dates, only packet pitted dates so I soaked then drained them before putting them in the processor! I didn’t add the tablespoon of water as th soaked dates were quite soft!
    They were perfect and it’s very hard to not eat too many! Thanks!

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  11. Lily

    I was out of dates last week for our umpteenth batch of these so made rhem with raisins instead. We all actually love them more made with raisins!

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  12. Suellyn

    Just made these and they are wonderful. Didn’t add the extra salt. Perfect for that afternoon chocolate crave. Thank you.

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  13. Gina

    I followed a recipe from a different site last week and they didn’t work out but these were perfect and so easy to make! I substituted vanilla extract with orange extract and they were amazing, thank you for the recipe!

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