Happy Saturday! How is your weekend going so far? Mine consists of pajamas, ARC reading, iced tea, and a big blanket. 😉 I was eating lunch (my mom’s leftover mostaccioli…delicious) and thinking of what I could put on my blog today, when I remembered these Raw Brownie Bites I made last week! I can’t believe I haven’t shared them yet.The reason I decided on making these is because, sometimes a girl’s gotta have her chocolate. (That’s not me excluding guys who like chocolate, mind you. We all get those cravings sometimes.) Now, I’ve been trying to stick to a healthier lifestyle (new years resolutions and all that fun stuff) so I thought I could make something raw and healthy for my chocolate craving. To be honest, I much prefer these Raw Fudge Brownies because they have frosting and I am ALL ABOUT that chocolate ganache. But these were quick, fun, and really cute!So if you have major chocolate cravings like me and want to just reach in the fridge for a quick bite, this is the recipe for you! Yummy and healthy – these bites are raw, gluten-free, vegan, and grain-free. If you skip the sprinkles (which I highly recommend you don’t *wink*) they would also be refined sugar-free. Anywho, hope you enjoy!
- ⅓ cup cashews
- ⅓ cup pecans
- ⅓ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup soft medjool dates, pitted and loosely packed
- ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup (you can also use honey [not vegan] or agave nectar)
- Sprinkles, optional
- In your food processor, add the nuts, cocoa powder, and pulse into fine crumbs, about 15 seconds. Do not over-process. (You don’t want it to turn into nut butter!)
- Add the dates, vanilla, and process until mixture begins to combine. Add maple syrup, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing to incorporate after each addition. The consistency is right when the dough combines into a ball. It should be sticky, but not wet. (Dough that resembles the consistency of nut butter is too runny - add a tablespoon or two more cocoa powder or cashews, as necessary, to dry out the dough. If the dough is too dry or sandy, add a couple dates or tablespoon more of maple syrup to moisten it.)
- Transfer dough to a plate or bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When chilled, roll into balls. If you want, roll balls into sprinkles.
- Store bites in the refrigerator. Keep for up to a month in the fridge, or will keep longer in freezer if preferred. Enjoy!
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