It’s a Tuesday night express post! Fortunately, there’s only so much words can do to enhance the appeal of raw brownie bites, which are mighty enticing as it is.
The idea for these raw, vegan brownie bites came from the raw chocolate cupcakes I posted recently. Indeed, it’s essentially the same recipe (walnuts, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, dates), rolled up into little snack sized globes. Simple stuff, but one of the things I like about raw desserts is that one single technique (nuts, dried fruit, seasonings) can serve as a base for pie crust, crumble topping, snack bar, snack ball–whatever you want, really. When chocolate is involved, so much the better.
- 2 cups walnuts
- ⅔ cup cacao nibs
- Generous pinch sea salt (to taste)
- ¼ cup raw cacao (or regular cocoa) powder
- 1½ cups pitted dates
- Place the walnuts, cacao nibs, sea salt, and cacao powder in a food processor and process for about 30 seconds, or till everything is pretty well crumbled up.
- Add the dates and process for another twenty seconds or so. The mixture should be sticking together. If it's not, keep processing till it sticks together easily when you squeeze a little in your hand. If you need to, adding a few more dates will help bind it together.
- Shape the "dough" into balls that are about ¾ - 1 inch thick by rolling it in your palms. Store in the fridge for 30 minutes, and then they'll be ready to serve. Makes 24-30 balls. Recipe can easily be halved. Will keep, stored in the fridge, for two weeks.
I like keeping these little guys in larger mason jars, or smaller ones to transport around as a snack. Mason jars would also make a cute presentation for holiday gift-giving!
This is one of the most satisfying-yet-simple dessert/snacks I can think of. Appropriately, I just featured these guys as part of a feature in Washingtonian Magazine’s Well + Being blog today. It’s for the magazine’s “food diary” series. While I typically don’t show daily eats–it’s just never been my blogging beat–I thought this would be a fun opportunity to share some of my routine with the magazine’s readership. Check it out if you’re interested!
Enjoy the recipe, friends! Tomorrow, a new Green Recovery story. At last