I have a serious problem.
These little bites are incredible! They taste like a rich fudgy brownie – turned bite sized. Cute popable little bite-size. And they don’t require an oven. These are obviously not my problems.
Did I mention they’re practically raw? Raw as in all natural. Like, totally good for you?
I’ve been looking in to this raw, gluten free, paleo way of living. Granted I don’t think I could completely commit to any of these. I like my yogurt, cheese, and the occasional processed bag of food. But it’s very interesting to me. The fact that things like brownies – decadent egg, flour, sugar based brownies – can be made without any of the “normal” ingredients.
The main ingredient in these brownies? Nuts and dates and raisins. Totally crazy right? Best little fake out ever.
These are the kinds of fake outs I could get addicted to. Same as chocolate pudding made out of avocados. Or ice cream that’s made from frozen bananas. They’re like a brain buster! And if nobody were to tell you any differently you’d have no clue that these treats boast some secret ingredients.
Sounds fabulous right?
Wondering what my serious problem is?
The fact that I cannot stop eating these. Granted, eating 20 of these bad boys is better than eating 20 real brownie bites. But still. It’s bad. And the melted chocolate coating on my fingers is not helping to hide the evidence.
It started with just o-n-e. Then I had another. Then I brought the box of chocolate goodies over to the couch with me and mindless munched while watching Dexter and The Next Food Network Star. I looked down at my remote to see chocolate covered buttons. That’s what snapped me out of my brownie eating comma. Oh lord.
Who wants to come over and help me destroy the rest of these cute sprinkle topped bites?
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker
- 7 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Colored sprinkles
- In a food processor blend the dates and raisins together until they are turned in to small bites. Remove mixture from the processor and place in a bowl. Add the nuts, cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla in to the processor and pulse until nuts are completely broken down and everything is combined.
- With the processor running, drop small pieces of the dates/raisins in, and keep going this way until all the dates/raisins have been added. The dough should start to form in to a ball while the processor is running.
- When all the dates/raisins have been added in, turn off the food processor and roll tablespoons of dough in to a ball. Place in fridge to firm up while you make the chocolate coating.
- In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the dark chocolate and coconut oil on high for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is silky and smooth.
- Roll brownie balls in to the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of foil. Sprinkle the tops with sprinkles. Continue this way with all the brownie bites. Store in the fridge to keep chocolate from melting...if they even last that long.