Raw Brownie Bites (Vegan, Paleo)

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Meet my new solution to your next chocolate craving.

plate of raw brownie bites

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


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)


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.

making raw brownie bites in a food processor

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

plate of brownie bites

raw brownie bites on two white plates
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Raw Brownie Bites (Vegan, Paleo)

Quick and easy brownie bites that are exclusively sweetened with fruit!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Raw Brownie Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 135kcal


  • 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)


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


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg


  • 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!


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Alia Vo

Yummo! I can’t wait to try these little bites. My favorite chocolate dessert is a really good quality, organic dark chocolate bar.

Laura @ Raise Your Garden

For a while I was in total denial and told myself “I am never going to eat chocolate again” after gaining 10 pounds on Easter chocolate.

Reality? That I’m gonna crave chocolate again…..that’s what makes these so great =) They satisfy that craving without the soy, sugar and other processed junk. And they’re paleo/vegan, wonderful.

Love the addition of walnuts, gives it that brownie-ish feel. Need now!

Grew up on E.L. Fudge cookies, Nilla Wafers, Mac & Cheese and Capri Suns, all things my kids have never even gotten to try! But they can have these. And the walnuts help with belly fat? Yay!!!


    Some of you guys (particularly you), sound like you could use a good easy recipe or when you don’t have time for this. Here is my fave recipe (it’s good w/ nuts added):
    Skinny Chocolate:
    1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    truvia or stevia sweetener, to taste

    Combine ingredients in a bowl and firm in refrigerator or freezer in ice cube trays or on a wax paper-lined plate.

    Yes walnuts are good w/ belly fat, but when you combine such a healthy fat w/ high sugar/carb foods (like dates), then not so much. Dates are good for growing young children w/ super high metabolisms, but a grown adult would just have a big insulin spike and would store all that fat (only because its combined w/ carbs) as fat.


      Good idea, Sophia! Walnuts make the inside of my cheeks swell up. I’ll use maple syrup instead of stevia.

      Lisen Lundblad

      Stick to Stevia, Truvia is man made…


I’m really into freezer desserts right now, and I made a ball similar to these with more of a chocolate-chip cookie dough vibe. These seem like decadent truffles to me – will have to try soon!


What a handy little scooper you have there to form the balls. Where did you get that? I just roll them with my hands – then end up licking my fingers. A messy but yummy job. I think I want to make these with pecans. What do you think?


    This is the scooper I have: http://amzn.to/1oO9ZmP I use it for everything! I love how it keeps my hands clean and everything evenly portioned.

    And I think pecans would be delicious in these, too!


      Hi Megan. Love this recipe btw 🙂 just wondering what the life expectancy for these yummy bites? 🙂

        Megan Gilmore

        They should last at least a week (or more) in the fridge, and I’ve stored them for up to 4 months in a sealed container in the freezer.


          thank you so much for the info Megan 🙂


    I’m allergic to walnuts so PECANS (soaked & dehydrated) did the trick. Yum!


so how would I make a chocolate coating of some kind to dip them in? Would cocoa and some coconut oil and some pure maple syrup work?

Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations

OOOhhhhhh…. these look yummy!!!

Rachael @ Love Yourself Green

Mmmm! That’s all! 🙂


I’ve been making a very similar recipe for the past 5 years- so good!


Your pictures make me want to go home and make these asap, even though I don’t like dates (I have tried several times to like them, but I just don’t)….maybe I can give them another shot :).


Instead of dates how would prunes work with this recipe?


    I just used prunes because our store was out of the dates (they had a HUGE bag full, but I didn’t want to buy so many). They turned out REALLY good. I don’t know if it was the prunes…pretty sure it was….that made them more oily feeling and absorbed the cocoa when I rolled them to coat them with it…so you can’t see the powder look of the cocoa, but you can taste it. 🙂 And, I don’t know this because I haven’t made them with dates yet, but I bet they would be more sweet with the dates. These still taste really good though with prunes 🙂


      Thank you for sharing your substitution with prunes, Katherine. You’ve encouraged me try that as well : )


Recently got Navitas raw cocoa powder: now I know why! Thanks for this health booster, Megan. Btw: your blog rocks thanks to accurate health info.

Kathleen Ann Lewton

We made these tonight after my husband came across this recipe, delicious! They do remind me of the filling in those EL Fudge cookies. Great recipe!


Wow! These are really delicious. Made them today and they were a huge hit. Thanks for sharing.


I use chipped brazil nuts in mine.. delicious and a good amount of selenium to boot! Thanks for the recipe;


Yum- or rolled in coconut! (like that used for the macaroons)


These sound lovely, but a cup of dates is full of sugar. Not a good thing no matter how much you love chocolate. You are better off eating a couple 90% dark chocolate squares.


I made these last night, but with roasted pecans- SO GOOD! When I asked my husband if he wanted one, he said he wanted to cut down on sweets at night, to which I said: It’s your lucky day! Perfect nighttime treat with not much sugar! He really liked them too, and he is the ultimate test! He doesn’t usually like this dark of chocolate either. Thanks for the recipe! Success!


Great sweet treat without sugar. Chopped the whole dates before adding to food processor. The scoop works very well. Caution, not all dates are created equal, many sugar coated.


These look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try them.


Hey, I was wondering what the Nutrition Facts on these babies are?


I don’t like dates, so I substitued organic wild blueberries. Unfortunately, the only type available were sweetened with cane sugar. I substituted a tablespoon of Penzey’s Raspberry Enlightenment for the water. The balls absorbed the first coating of cocoa powder, so I put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then dropped them in a small bag of cocoa ~ success! Next time I will chill them before the cocoa dusting. I’ll also be on the lookout for some organic dried unsweetened blueberries for my next batch. I calculated each ball at approximately 75 calories for 24 balls. I plan to eat one or two with a bowl of fresh organic raspberries and blueberries! YUM! What a great chocolate fix!


Megan, do you use cocoa powder or raw cacao? I have both in the cupboard (Green and Blacks cocoa powder and Choc Chick Organic raw cacao) and not sure which one to use! Thanks! x


    You can use them both interchangeably– the taste difference is negligible to me, so it’s just a matter of personal preference!


What is the serving size of these?

I think I need to put more than 10 dates to make it a little sweeter. The cocoa powder was a bit bitter for me.



    I made mine using a generous heaping tablespoon, but you can make them any size you like!


Oh my goodness! These are super easy and delicious! I did add 2 more dates though…..I have a major sweet tooth! 🙂


Made these today, as written. So delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!

Anne Marie Cheney

I made these tonight and they are wonderful. I rolled mine in coconut for something different and they are delicious! Thanks


Made these yesterday and brought them to dinner with a couple of my girlfriends – they were a huge hit! I scooped smaller brownie balls and this recipe made a whole bunch! 20 or so. I’ve made raw brownie bites in the past, but I really enjoyed your recipe… they came out nice and moist and perfectly chocolatey. I used cacao powder for a nutritional boost. TASTY! Will definitely be making these again.


I’ve been making many of your recipes and this was a huge HUGE hit! so easy to make and I even made it in my vitamix bc I don’t own a food processor and it didn’t get stuck at the bottom as much as I would have thought. Thanks for your ideas! love them…


I have made several of your recipe’s and am always passing your website to friends/family trying to eat better. Thanks for the great recipe, they’ve were a life savor when we went through a cleansing diet. I just made this one today and it’s really good. I think I will have to watch out so I don’t eat too many.


These look awesome, but dates are loaded with sugar!!! One cup of dates has 93 grams of sugar and are over 100 grams of carbohydrates. I realize we are not eating the entire cup of dates in one sitting, but that is not the point. This is not the only thing you are likely to consume that has sugar in it, and it adds up throughout the day. If you are on a low carb. diet, this treat will not be a good one to have. People, you need to do your own research on the deleterious effects of sugar in the diet, especially fructose. It is best all around to break the sugar habit. If you must eat chocolate (and I do) I go for 90% dark chocolate with a very limited amount of sugar. It is bad enough that we get it in the fruits we consume. There is no healthy reason to add extra sugar to the diet via sweets like this.

Alia Vo

So delicious – I’ve made these about four times already for myself and my Sweetie. They are so yummy and a healthy indulgent sweet! xx


When I sent this recipe to my Mum she was very sceptical. I made it up today with a mix of pecans and walnuts, and I rolled them in coconut. Mum is totally converted. She could not just eat one! Great recipe, you would never guess there is no sugar except for the dates.


I’m allergic to walnuts- what other nut will work?


MEGAN.I have made these a couple of times now, but both times I added a tablespoon or 2 of goat cheese (might have been honey chevre) and they have been absolutely indulgent! I’m sure they are still so good without the goat cheese, but if you want to mix it up, I highly recommend you give this twist a try 😉


Greatest things ever! A few tweaks:
-organic almond meal instead of walnuts
-Cacao powder instead of cocoa
-Shot of espresso instead of water

the coffee sets it off!


Thanks Megan – love your recipes 🙂

I made these tonight and they are awesome 🙂


my kids and i made these today. we subbed oat flour for the walnuts (i have a tree nut allergy). they were DELICIOUS!! thanks for sharing such a valuable recipe!! 🙂


I liked these so much more than I thought I would and my toddler gobbled them up and kept saying “mmmm!” Love giving her treats that are actually good for her!


What food processor do you have/use/reccommend? I have a little mini one that is too small, a Magic bullet that isn’t powerful enough, and even my VitaMix wasn’t up for this job!


    I use an old KitchenAid food processor that I got in college– so mine’s 10 years old, but it still works great! I don’t think they make my exact model anymore, but I’ve seen great reviews about this Cuisinart food processor lately:

    Cuisinart 14-cup processor


      My 14 c Cuisinart did a great job.


I tried these but felt like the walnut flavor was really overpowering. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll try it again but this time maybe swapping out a percentage of the walnuts for another nut.


I made these tonight and they are amazing!! Everyone who tasted them loved them! Thank you so much for the recipe. I made them with cashews

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