Healthy Brownie Bites

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I have been seeing lots of raw vegan desserts pop up around the internet these days. Some of them intrigue me, but most of the time I sit there and question the fact that combining XYZ ingredients is actually going to taste like a piece of carrot cake, apple pie, or the like. I am all for healthy desserts, but my goal is have the healthier version taste exactly (or better!)  than the real thing. That's why I love desserts like my Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies - they're healthier than the classic chocolate chip cookie, but they taste so gosh-darned freakin' delicious, so you never feel like you're missing anything. Healthy "Brownie Bites" Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite So when I saw this recipe for 3 ingredient recipe for truffles that claimed to taste like healthy brownie bites, I knew I had to give it a whirl.  I thought, "Hey - if they don't turn out well,  at least I only wasted three ingredients!" Healthy "Brownie Bites" Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite So, I set out to make these little bites. At first I wasn't impressed -- they weren't sweet enough for my liking. But, after making a few changes to make them a bit sweeter, I think I made a real keeper. Healthy "Brownie Bites" Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite I was snacking on these all throughout the weekend. As someone who usually craves something sweet right after lunch or dinner, I think these are perfect. You get that sweet chocolate-y fix without loads of calories. Healthy "Brownie Bites" They also transport quite well, so they could be a great healthy dessert to bring to a party this holiday season. Did I mention they are vegan, gluten-free AND dairy-free, so they are bound to please all of your friends with dietary restrictions. If you try them let me know what you think!    
Healthy “Brownie Bites”
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • 1 cup Walnuts (raw, unsalted)
  • ½ cup Dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Stevia (or another all-natural sweetener)
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Sweetened or Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (Optional)
  1. Place the walnuts in a bowl of a food processor and process until they become like sand (about 45 seconds). Add the dates, cocoa, stevia and vanilla and process until well combined and the mixture looks like brownie batter (about 20 seconds). You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula once or twice to make sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball, rolling to smooth in your hands. Put the shredded coconut in a small bowl or plastic baggie and toss the balls in the coconut. Place the bites in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden and then they will be ready to serve. I stored mine in the fridge.


  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
    November 27, 2013 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve gotta say, I was skeptical of this recipe at first, but the results really look delicious! I know it may not be the pure vegan route, but think we could dip these in some melted, raw dark chocolate? Kinda thinking that could be amazing!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      December 5, 2013 - 10:03 am | Permalink

      Christine, I think you’re a genius! That sounds DELICIOUS!

  • Abbe @ Abbe's Cooking Antics
    December 5, 2013 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Goodness, these look like they’d be difficult to stop eating once you started 😉 LOVE that your nail varnish matched the truffles!!! I like blue nail varnish, but haven’t eaten anything that colour since the eighties 😀 x

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      December 5, 2013 - 9:19 am | Permalink

      Abbe they are incredibly addicting! Good thing they are guilt free 🙂

  • December 5, 2013 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    MM!!! Dates. Genius.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      December 6, 2013 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I love how dates just take on the flavor of the other ingredients in a recipe!

      • C.J. LAB
        June 23, 2014 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

        I see more date recipes. Thhlove dates & eat them daily! Would love To see more date recipes. Thanks.

  • Amy
    June 25, 2014 - 7:49 am | Permalink

    I see that vanilla is called for in the instructions but not listed in the ingredient list…how much do you recommend using?

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 25, 2014 - 7:52 am | Permalink

      Amy, great catch! I updated the ingredient list to include 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Enjoy!

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