Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paleo Brownie Bites

These paleo brownie bites may be one of my favorite things I've ever made. But if you aren't paleo don't let the title mislead you, these are something that EVERYone can enjoy. Seriously. They are vegan brownie bites also! And they are basically homemade Lara Bars, but waaayyyy better. This has to be one of my favorite recipes. I know I probably say that a lot, but seriously, I urge you to give these a try if you are looking for a healthier sweet treat. And let's be real, who isn't always looking for a healthier sweet treat?

It's got to be every woman's, blogger's, and most likely man's dream to be able to eat sweets and call them healthy. And here we have delicious paleo brownie bites that are void of flour, refined sugar, and butter and are still so freaking good! Yes, paleo chewy brownies that are also happen to be vegan chewy chocolaty brownies. It's for reals, guys. And did I mention they are super easy to make and are no bake! The best brownie bites you've ever had and they have no flour or refined sugar and you don't even have to bake them! Folks, it's a pretty magical situation we have going on here.

I used to buy Lara Bars as my sweet treat. Every day after lunch, I would have a chocolate chip Lara Bar. I always knew I could make them at home and probably save myself some money, but what I didn't know (until now) was that homemade Lara Bars are like a gazillion times better, especially when they are bite size chocolaty brownie batter balls rolled in coconut. My husband even ate these and he doesn't like chocolate or coconut. Although, he didn't know there was coconut involved.... not quite sure how he missed that...

Seriously, these are amazing. Amazing fudgy goodness. Whether you are paleo or not, vegan or not, these are insanely good and so easy to make! So you MUST make them. Do. It. Now. xoxo

Paleo Brownie Bites

adapted from Averie Cooks
makes 12 - one inch balls

2/3 cup raw walnut halves and pieces
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 heaping cup soft medjool dates, pitted (about 17 - 20 medium sized dates)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut milk OR any liquid sweetener, like honey, agave, or maple syrup if you want your brownie bites to be sweeter. I used coconut milk and thought the brownie bites were perfectly sweet. 

2/3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Pulse coconut in food processor for 30 seconds to a minute to form coconut crumbs. Remove from food processor and set aside.

Place pitted dates in a bowl of warm water for a minute to soften them up.

Add unsweetened cocoa powder and walnuts to food processor, blend until walnuts become fine crumbs, but do not over process or you will get some kind of chocolate walnut butter. 

Drain dates and place in the food processor with the cocoa walnut crumbs. Add vanilla. Process until mixture starts to combine. It may not fully combine until liquid is added. Add coconut milk or liquid sweetener (if desired) half a tablespoon at a time. Pulse. You will know the consistency is right when the dough combines into a ball in the middle of the food processor. 

If dough is too runny add a tablespoon or more cocoa powder to bring it back to a dough like state. 

Transfer dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cold dough is much easier to work with. I left my dough in the fridge over night. You could put it in the freezer if you need to speed the process up. 

Once dough is cold, put coconut crumbs from earlier into a shallow bowl. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough and roll them between hands to form balls. Roll balls in coconut crumbs, pressing the crumbs gently into the ball. Continue until all dough is gone. You can moisten your hands with water if the dough begins to stick to your palms as you roll.

Keep chilled, they taste best that way. Bites will keep in fridge for quite some time, and freeze well also. 

They are soooo good!!

Love, Luck, and Happiness!


  1. WOW! This looks amazing. I am extremely impressed with the recipe. Could spend all day looking in to these websites for different recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  2. canned coconut milk or refridgerated coconut milk?

    1. Either would probably work! But I used refrigerated coconut milk from the box. Really you just need a little liquid to help the mixture come together.

  3. I'm allergic to dates is there anything else you can use in their place?

  4. I made these for dessert yesterday, and they were a hit!! I also didn't use/didn't think it needed additional sweetner. I did sub cacao powder for the cocoa because that's what I had on hand. It was DELISH!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  5. Things have changed for me. I now live in a world where I can have brownie bites as a healthy snack. This world is much better than the old one.

  6. Can these be made without the walnuts? My son has a nut allergy…wondering if it will affect the consistency?

    1. I used sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Only difference is I needed to add 3tbsp coconut milk.

  7. Made these today! So delicious! We don't keep strictly paleo, but we are a family of clean eaters. My son is at an age when he wants all of the same "yummy treats" (ie chemicals and processed sugars) that his classmates eat during lunch at school. I'm hoping a couple of these will be a perfect substitute....if I don't eat them all first! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. These are my first desserts since my new "real food" lifestyle change. They are AMAZING. Thanks so much. I left out the vanilla (no alcohol for the first month) and they're still fantastic.


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