With only 3 ingredients and 1 blender, these easy and gooey no bake brownie bites are a perfect healthy treat! They are vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
Ooey, gooey, and fudgy no bake brownie bites are the perfect indulgent chocolate flavor for an afternoon pick-me-up, pre-workout snack, or nightcap.
Raw, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and refines sugar-free, these no bake brownie balls are made with only 3 ingredients, and yet, nutritious and so yummy!
For me, there is something comforting about having a freezer stacked with energy bites ready to go when I need a little something sweet with my morning coffee or need an afternoon energy boost.
Are these no bake brownie bites healthy?
How can something so utterly delicious be healthy you might ask?
Well, the answer is simple. These raw energy bites are made with 3 ingredients – walnuts, cacao powder, and Medjool dates – which are all nutritious, wholesome, and simply put, good for you.
There is no sugar, no flour, no eggs, and no butter in these healthy brownies, which makes them paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and grain-free.
If you would like to boost these no bake brownie bites with a little extra nutrition, here are a few ideas to give them a little something extra.
You can add
- 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are rich in omega-6, omega-3, minerals like potassium and phosphorus, fiber, and complete protein, making them a true super food. You can read more about the health benefits here.
- 2 – 3 scoops of plain Collagen Peptide Powder
Including collagen to the no bake brownie bites, will make them into protein brownie bites. Collagen is also great for skin and hair health.
- 1 – 2 tsp Maca Powder
Maca powder has many health benefits including increasing mood, fertility, and memory, while lowering blood pressure and healing sun damage. You can read more about its benefits here.
Why soaking the nuts before making raw vegan brownies?
I have made no bake treats for years, in all different kinds and variations, however, there is one this they all have in common.
Before blending up the ingredients, I make sure I soak my nuts. No matter if it’s cashews, almonds, or like in this case, walnuts, I always presoak my nuts.
I soak them with a pinch of salt, either in cold water overnight or in hot water for two hours.
There are especially three reasons why I do this extra step.
- It is a lot easier for our bodies to digest the nuts after they have been soaked since nuts are nutritionally dense. It will also allow our bodies to fully absorb all the nutrients after the initial step.
- By soaking nuts potential toxins will also be removed. This is the reason why it’s important to discard the soaking water and rinse the nuts after the soak.
- The texture of the no bake goods will be extra smooth and fudgy since it won’t be as hard for the blender to mix.
However, do make sure you let the nuts dry on a paper towel or let them sit in a strainer for 20 – 30 minutes for additional water to drain before adding them to the blender.
Read more about the benefits of soaking nuts and seeds before consuming them here.
Ingredients in no bake brownie bites
All that’s needed to make these fudgy raw brownie bites are three main ingredients, one optional ingredient, and one blender. That’s it! And the result is amazing!
- Raw walnuts
- Medjool dates
- Cacao powder
- Nut butter (optional) – I used Almond, if not Paleo, you could try peanut butter
If you would like to make double chocolate no bake brownies, add some dark dairy-free mini chocolate chips as well! I mean, can we ever have enough chocolate?
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How to make No bake walnut brownie bites
If desired, start with soaking the raw walnuts in hot water and a pinch of salt for 2 hours or in room temperature water overnight. Drain and rinse. (See benefits of soaking nuts above.)
Now, remove the pits from the Medjool dates.
Then, add dates, walnuts, cacao powder (save 1 – 2 tbsp of cacao powder for dusting), and nut butter (optional) to a food processor or a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and doughy.
Now, place the brownie dough batter in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes. This step will make the brownie bites easier to roll.
Then, roll the no bake brownie batter into balls.
Lastly, roll the energy balls in the remaining cacao powder.
TIP: wet your hands slightly before rolling to prevent the dough from stick all over your hands.
How to store vegan raw brownie bites
Store these deliciously fudgy no bake brownie bites in the freezer for up to 2 months.
There is no need to defrost before consuming, these energy balls can be enjoyed straight from the freezer making them the perfect emergency snack!
What’s your favorite healthy emergency snack? If you end up trying mine, please leave me a review below. It would mean a lot to me!
Other no bake energy bites you have to try:
- 2 cups of raw walnuts*
- 1 cup Medjool dates (pits removed)
- 1/3 cup cacao powder (divided)
- 1 heaping tbsp nut butter (optional)
- Add dates, walnuts, cacao powder (save 1 – 2 tbsp of cacao powder for dusting), and nut butter (optional, I like almond or peanut butter ) to a food processor or a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and doughy. (scrape the blender wall with a spatula or butter knife a few times to make sure all the pieces are blended up).
- Place the brownie batter in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes. This step will make the brownie bites easier to roll.
- Roll the no bake brownie batter into balls. (Wet your hands before rolling to prevent the batter sticking to your hands).
- Roll the balls in the remaining cacao powder.
- Store in the freezer.
*Optional step to soak the walnuts. For info on why soaking nuts see section “Why soaking the nuts before making raw vegan brownies?”
For extra add-ins, see blog post above.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 5g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.