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No bake brownie bites are fudgy, chocolaty, and secretly healthy! This easy dessert recipe is made with vegan and gluten-free ingredients including dates, walnuts, almonds, and cacao powder. Enjoy these raw brownie bliss balls for an afternoon snack, post-workout treat, or as a healthy dessert!
Looking to satisfy your chocolate cravings without steering far off your diet or spending a whole hour in the kitchen? I’ve got you covered! If you’re a fan of my no bake vegan brownies or no bake turtle brownies, you will adore these bite-sized brownie balls.
This super easy dessert recipe is made with 7 ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes. Although they contain no butter, no eggs, and no refined sugar, the flavor of these brownie bites is not compromised one bit. Each chocolaty ball tastes like an indulgent treat!
These no bake brownie bites are:
- Vegan, raw, no-bake, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free
- Fudgy, chocolaty, soft, and chewy
- Made with whole food ingredients
- Naturally sweetened with medjool dates
- Packed with antioxidants and healthy fats
- Kid-approved & great for school lunches
- Perfect for all chocolate lovers
What ingredients are in raw brownie bliss balls
Ready for a super easy dessert? These healthy brownie energy balls require just 7 ingredients:
- Walnuts: Walnuts are a great source of several nutrients, including iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and vitamin B6.
- Almonds: Almonds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium.
- Medjool dates: Instead of butter and sugar, these no bake brownie bites gain their fudgy texture and sweet flavor from medjool dates.
- Cacao powder: Both cacao powder and cocoa powder can be used in this recipe. However, cacao powder is higher in magnesium, iron, protein, and fiber.
- Chocolate chips: I recommend using vegan mini chocolate chips, but regular chocolate chips work just as well. Semi-sweet is preferable over dark chocolate.
- Vanilla: Don’t skip out on the vanilla! Use a high-quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste. For vanilla bean paste, however, reduce the amount by half.
- Salt: A pinch of salt balances the rich, nutty, and sweet flavors of all other ingredients.
How to make vegan brownie bites
For the full ingredients list and step-by-step instructions, see the recipe card below.
The recipe begins by combining nuts, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, and salt in a food processor. After just a couple minutes of processing, the ingredients will combine to create a sticky dough.
The fudgy brownie dough is then transferred to a bowl and combined with mini chocolate chips. Finally, the dough is rolled into bite-sized balls. It’s that simple!
Tips to perfect this no bake brownie bites recipe
Add water, if needed. The fudgy brownie dough is created by combining nuts, dates, and cacao in a food processor. While processing, the ingredients should crumble and, eventually, form into a sticky dough. If your medjool dates are on the drier/harder side, you may have a difficult time achieving a sticky texture (it will be crumbly instead). If this issue arises, no worries! Simply add 1-2 tablespoon water and process the ingredients again. The additional moisture will help bind the ingredients together and the dough will become sticky.
Don’t forget to remove the pits from your medjool dates. Medjool dates have a pit inside. Be sure you remove them before adding the ingredients to a food processor.
How to substitute dates? Unfortunately, there is nothing quite like medjool dates in no bake dessert recipes. They provide the perfect texture and a deliciously sweet flavor. However, if it is very tough to find dates in your area, you can try replacing them with dried figs, raisins, dried cherries, or dried cranberries. This will significantly change the flavor of the dessert, but it’s the next best substitution.
Store the brownie bites in an airtight container. For a soft and fudgy texture, keep them at room temperature. For a chewy texture, store them in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can place them in the freezer where they will last for 1 month.
More energy balls recipes
- Cinnamon Roll Energy Balls
- Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls
- Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls
- Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites
- Turtle Energy Balls
- Coconut Almond Bliss Balls
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No Bake Brownie Bites
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 14 balls 1x
- Category: Dessert, Snack
- Method: Process, No Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
These no bake brownie bites are fudgy, chewy, and oh so chocolaty! Enjoy this 10-minute dessert recipe made with vegan, gluten-free, and healthy ingredients. Each bite-sized brownie is great for an afternoon snack or post-workout treat.
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 12 medjool dates, pitted
- ⅓ cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1–2 tablespoon water, as needed
- Add walnuts, almonds, medjool dates, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor. Process the ingredients until a sticky dough forms. If your dough is crumbly rather than sticky, add 1-2 tablespoon water and process again. The additional moisture will help the ingredients stick together.
- Transfer the fudgy brownie dough to a bowl. Add chocolate chips. Use a rubber spatula, spoon, or clean hands to mix in the chocolate chips.
- Line a plate with parchment paper. Scoop the brownie dough into 1-inch rounds. Use clean hands to roll them into balls. Enjoy!
- If you cannot find mini chocolate chips, you can use regular chocolate chips instead.
- Store these no bake brownie bites in an airtight container. Keep them at room temperature or inside the refrigerator. They will remain fresh for 1 week.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 172
- Sugar: 16g
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 21g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 4g
Keywords: no bake brownie bites, brownie bliss balls, chocolate date balls
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I found this doing an internet search for “easy recipe brownies with dates and cocoa powder,” and went through a few of them before seeing this one, and I immediately made a double batch. These brownie bites are delicious – even without the chocolate chips (says the someone who completely spaced on adding them)!
Unfortunately, I do not have a food processor, so I enlisted my baseline Black & Decker blender to do the pinch hitting. It was not the quickest – nor was it the easiest (or least messy) – way to make these…but I’m happy to say that it got the job done!
Thank you so much, Jen! I’m so glad you loved these no-bake brownie bites 🙂 I know it can be tough using a blender instead of a food processor, so I applaud your patience with that! Haha. Enjoy!
Totally decadent! Just enough to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Thanks so much, Jann! 🙂
Hi! Do you use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa power? I have both baking cocoa powder and instant cocoa powder that’s meant for making hot cocoa, not sure which one to use.
Unsweetened cocoa powder! Hot cocoa mix is something different and should only be used for hot cocoa 🙂
Yum! So quick and easy too. I’m allergic to walnuts so used cashews. Thank you.
Thank you, Jan! Cashews are a yummy ingredient swap. Great thinking!
I made this with peanuts and forgot they were salted! Next time I would omit the salt and use less dates but overall a delicious and healthy take on brownies 🙂 Thank you!
Thank you, Denise! I’m so glad you loved them, despite the extra salty flavor 🙂 Enjoy!
Can it be possible to pour into a baking pan, and cut into individual squares?
Of course! 🙂 If you don’t want to make balls, you can press the dough into a baking pan and slice them into squares. Be sure to use parchment paper so the dough does not stick to the pan. Enjoy! xo
I added honey to sweeten. Also, I pressed them into a Small, parchment lined pan and cut them into 15 squares. Delish!
Thank you, Pam! Happy to hear you enjoyed these no-bake brownie bites. Great idea to press them into a pan instead of rolling into balls. Enjoy! 🙂
These are SOOOOO DELICIOUS! I added a little maple syrup to sweeten it because my cacao powder is very bitter and added a few more walnuts because I didn’t have almonds. For an added touch I rolled the finished balls in powdered sugar, I guess coconut flakes would also work well. Definitely will make them again!!!
Thank you, Ana!! I’m so glad you loved these no-bake brownie bites 🙂 The powdered sugar idea sounds delicious!
I made these and they turned out to be super yummy! Thanks a lot.
So happy you enjoyed them Ginia! 🙂
They are awesomely yummy.
Thank you, Mahwish! I’m glad you enjoyed these no-bake brownie bites 🙂
Ultimate receipt , my son loved dis a lot .
Thank u so much .
I’m thrilled to hear that you and your son enjoyed these brownie bites, Kavita! Thank you 🙂
Just came across this recipe and realized in have mejdool dates which I forgot about. 30 min of reading recipe and making this. Amazing balls, super easy and quick. I used pecans instead of walnuts and added extra salt as my family loves that sea salt flavour. My kids are super happy. Will be a regular in my house now. Have you tried with extra protein powder? Thinking of tweaking next time.
Super thanks for a super easy and tasty recipe.
Thank you, Manu!! I’m so happy to hear you and your family are enjoying these no-bake brownie bites 🙂 You can certainly add in a scoop of protein powder. I recommend using your favorite chocolate-flavored protein powder!
How do I make them if I don’t have a food processor 🙁 ?
Hi, Shagun! Do you have a high-powered blender? That should work as well. If you use a blender, you may have to open the lid and scrape the sides of the container down (pressing the dough toward the blades) in between blending. 🙂
I just want to make sure I’m reading your serving sizes correctly. So 1 ball is one serving, and 1 ball is 172 calories and 16g of sugar?
If you roll the dough into 14 balls, yes. You can roll them as small or as a large as you want. You can roll it into 28 balls for 85 calorie and 8g sugar brownie bites instead. It depends on how big you make the balls. If you are unfamiliar with date balls, they are high in sugar because they contain medjool dates. Medjool dates have a high sugar content because it’s a type of fruit. All fruit contains quite a bit of sugar. However, fruit also contains fiber which slows the absorption of sugar in the body. It’s different than consuming cane sugar.
Just made these and they are SO good. I didn’t use almonds because I’m allergic so I just used more walnuts. Definitely satisfies my sweet tooth and love that there’s no flour or added sugar in this recipe!
Thanks, Alexandra! Thrilled to hear you love the brownie bites! 🙂 xo
These are fabulous! Even my very picky daughter and son enjoyed them. As a sugaraholic I’m trying to make more sugar free desserts. This will definitely be on my list,
Thanks, Della! I’m so happy to hear you all enjoyed the brownie bites! 🙂
SO GOOD and easy to make!! My family loves when I make these
Yay!! Glad they love them!! 🙂
looks very nice
i never saw a recipe so good before and it looks very nice!!!!!
Thank you, Saleemah! 🙂