These no bake healthy brownie bites are filled with superfoods and are free of refined sugar, butter and eggs. They take no time at all to make and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings! Even your kid will love them!
So, I know I have posted a recipe for vegan brownies made with dates before but this healthy dessert recipe is also vegan and even better! It's boosted with the health benefits of several superfoods. Plus, these are also gluten free brownies for those you looking for a substitute.
I'm one of those people that can't survive without my chocolate. Sometimes I find myself stealing chocolate chips from the pantry a little too often. (Especially when I have an open bag!!) This week though, I have not done that even once and that is because of these healthy brownies!
SUPERFOODS FOUND IN THESE HEALTHY BROWNIES:
Goji Berries are high in vitamin C and contain a ton of plant antioxidants. Immune system boost!
Chia Seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium.
Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acid, a good source of protein and fiber and loaded with Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, folate and thiamin.
Cocoa Nibs contain high amounts of sulfur, magnesium and phenylethylamine. Their benefits include focus and alertness by improving muscle structure and nerve function.
Ground Flax Seeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and lignans that help promote hormonal balance. They also help improve digestion, give you clearer skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, and help fight cancer.
VARIATIONS FOR YOUR HEALTHY NO BAKE BROWNIES:
You should know that you don't have to use these particular superfoods and you can adjust the amounts to your liking. For example, I happen to like goji berries but some people may find them too chewy. The one thing I would not change in the healthy brownie recipe is the amount of dates and cocoa powder. You can vary the amount vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut oil by a little but don't remove it. I think they really set the base flavor. They are also good for you too!
You also don't need to cut them up in bars. I saved some of the mixture and rolled them into these little healthy brownie balls. Don't they make a cute presentation? Oh and just to entice the younger ones, I covered a few in sprinkles. What kid says no to sprinkle covered treats? I have to tell you, V came home from school, took one look at the treats and said, "I want the rainbow sprinkle one!" And just like that he gobbled it up. This is from the kid who would never eat a date alone and complains about chia seeds and any kind of fresh berry.
If you've read this far and are still skeptical about how these might taste, just go ahead and give them a try and then judge. They don't take very long to make at all! I'm not a fan of eating dates but combined with cocoa powder they are totally different. Besides, this healthy brownie was even kid tested! Let me know how it goes by leaving me a comment or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #MyDessArt or tag me @dessarts.
- 18 ounces pitted medjool dates, about 30 dates
- ¼ cup+2 TBS cocoa powder
- ¾ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup+2 TBS ground flax seeds
- 1 ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup + 2 TBS goji berries
- 3 tablespoon cocoa nibs
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- In a food processor, combine the dates, cocoa powder, walnuts, flax, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla. Process until the walnuts are finely chopped.
- Add the goji berries, nibs and chia seeds. Pulse a few times until the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging off the sides. Press the brownie mixture into the pan and chill it in refrigerator for at least an hour or more.
- Carefully lift the slab out of the pan using the sides of the parchment to pull it out. Cut into 2x2 squares using a sharp clean chefs knife to make each cut.
Alternatively, you can roll the brownie mixture into balls and coat them with sprinkles if desired instead of making square shaped brownies.
If for some reason the mixture seems to dry to hold together, add a tablespoon of water.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 square
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 30gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information is only an approximate provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. Information comes from Nutritionix, an automated nutrition calculator.