No-Bake Brownie Bites

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No Bake Brownie Bite rolled in a bowl of cacao powder

We’ve made a number of energy bites on the blog before, but these ones might take the cake. Or the brownie? Either way, these brownie bites are incredibly delicious.

My very first no-bake brownies can be found here, which were inspired by the super talented Sarah at My New Roots.

What you need to know: 7 whole food ingredients, 1 food processor, 15 minutes required; refined sugar-free; tastes like dessert; rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids; your friends and family will be in awe of your majestic healthy dessert-making abilities. Let’s do this!

Cacao powder, vanilla, almond butter, dates, walnuts, hemp seeds, and sea salt

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are packed with nutrition and offer a variety of health benefits:

  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, including B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, iron, and potassium. (source)
  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids (including alpha-linolenic acid, an important anti-inflammatory fat known as the plant omega-3). (source)
  • Contain all of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). (source)
  • Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a moistening laxative and found in a variety of different formulations used to support health. (source)

Health Benefits of Walnuts

You know how walnuts are shaped like little brains? Well, some say that means they’re good for brain health!

We aren’t sure that’s quite enough evidence to prove they’re good for you, but let’s explore what research does say about the health benefits of walnuts (source):

  • Rich source of essential fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (that’s the anti-inflammatory fat found in hemp seeds, too)
  • Full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, B6, folate, copper, phosphorous, and manganese
  • Contain a variety of antioxidants, including ellagic acid, catechin, and melatonin
  • Have shown benefit in a variety of conditions, including human studies showing improvement in cardiovascular risk, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), diabetes, and cognitive performance
Food processor with dates, hemp seeds, walnuts, almond butter, and cacao

How to Make These Brownie Bites

To make these brownie bites, simply add your hemp seeds and walnuts to a food processor. Then add dates for binding and sweetness, cacao or cocoa powder for chocolaty brownie flavor, almond butter for richness and more binding, and a pinch of sea salt and vanilla for good measure. Then, blend into a clumpy dough.

Food processor with No Bake Brownies dough
Cookie scoop of batter for No Bake Brownie Bites

Then roll into balls. And say hello to super simple and decadent brownie bites! Enjoy as is or roll in cocoa or cacao powder for an even more intensely chocolaty treat.

Dates, almond butter, cacao, and walnuts next to a tray of Vegan Brownie Bites

We hope you LOVE these brownie bites! They’re:

Fudgy
Chocolaty
Naturally sweet
Nutty
& Deceptively wholesome!

Enjoy them as a snack or a healthier dessert any time a brownie craving strikes!

More No-Bake Brownie Recipes

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Walnuts and almond butter next to a bowl of No Bake Brownie Bites

No-Bake Brownie Bites

Unbelievably fudgy, nutty, vegan brownie bites with no baking required. Just 7 whole food ingredients and 10 minutes stand between you and these deceptively decadent treats.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Bowl of No Bake Brownie Bites topped with almond butter
4.98 from 41 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 14 (brownie bites)
Course Dessert/Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2 Weeks

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup medjool dates (~14 dates, measured after pitting // if dry, soak in warm water for 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry)
  • 1/4 cup organic cacao or cocoa powder, plus more for rolling (or sub carob for chocolate-free / caffeine-free)
  • 3 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 ½ Tbsp almond butter (creamy salted // or sub other nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (use more or less depending on saltiness of nut butter)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • To a food processor add pitted dates, cocoa or cacao powder, hemp seeds, walnuts, almond butter (or other nut/seed butter), salt, and vanilla.
    Note: If you don’t have a food processor, you can try using a blender, but dates can be notoriously tough for blenders due to their sticky nature, so use a low speed if possible and pulse instead of blending.
  • Pulse until the mixture is well blended and starts to clump together (~30 seconds – 1 minute). If it’s too dry or crumbly and it doesn’t stick together when pressed between two fingers, add more nut butter or pitted dates (just ensure your dates are sticky and fresh, or it will only further dry out the mixture.)
  • Scoop out 1 ½ Tbsp amounts (we love this scoop) and gently roll into balls. As the original recipe is written, ~14 balls.
  • Enjoy immediately as is, or roll in extra cocoa, cacao, or carob powder for an extra chocolaty exterior. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer up to 1 month (often longer). Let come close to room temperature before enjoying for best texture (in our opinion).

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with cacao powder.

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

Serving: 1 brownie bite Calories: 107 Carbohydrates: 19.7 g Protein: 2.2 g Fat: 3.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.4 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.89 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.82 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 9 mg Potassium: 248 mg Fiber: 2.6 g Sugar: 16.1 g Vitamin A: 36.37 IU Vitamin C: 0.03 mg Calcium: 28.44 mg Iron: 0.73 mg

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  1. Alana Detcheverry says

    These are amazing! My new go to. I can’t eat almonds so I subbed organic sugar and oil free peanut butter. Thank you!

  2. Nicole says

    I didn’t have almond butter and subbed peanut butter, which seemed to take over a bit unfortunately but these were still really yummy and a great way to get a healthful chocolate hit.

  3. Doraleen says

    Excellent recipes but after printing several copies, I find that there is a lot of bulk from multiple pages per recipe and the recipe file is bulging. Could you format them to be contained on one page if possible? Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Doraleen, did you use the print button in the recipe box? That will reduce the number of pages.

  4. Diana says

    Another delicious recipe! I didn’t have any hemp seeds so I used the rest of my chia seeds and it added a nice texture :)

  5. Dina says

    Mmmmm super tasty energy bites😋
    I added some spices- cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg. I substituted almond butter for peanut butter. I blended in a blender, needed some extra peanut butter…

  6. Elizabeth says

    Made these for my two coworkers at work who are both picky and tend to eat fancy but not always healthy, and they really really loved them and kept talking about how much they loved them afterwards. :)

  7. Emily says

    Love, love, love these! Very easy to make and a delicious grain-free / dairy-free / gluten-free dessert! Thank you MB!

  8. Nicki Papadakis says

    I followed this recipe just like it was and these brownie bites came out perfect! I love it (my husband loves them too!) Quick, easy, and just what our sweet tooth craves. I love your recipes. Thank you for sharing them and for helping us to eat healthy!

  9. Federica says

    Making these Brownie Bites twice this week. They are a hit in our household and looking forward to making them for friends this holiday season. Thank you Minimalist Baker!

  10. IngridW says

    I just made these and I was extremely happy with the results! I’ve been a Sarah B. advocate for many years now, and I’ve made all of her raw brownie recipes including the ones on her books. I love the approach you took on this recipe and I thought adding almond butter (homemade) into the mix was honestly superb and genius. Something that I find easier when making them is to add the dates one at a time instead of adding all at once. I didn’t have hemp seeds so I used hemp protein powder instead. Delicious recipe and perfect for my pregnancy cravings ;) THANK YOU

  11. Iris says

    I used hazelnut butter insted of almond and is craaaaaazy delicious! I am pregnant at the moment and I planed to have them stashed in the fridge to snack druring the afternoons when I need an energy boost… the only problem is I made them 2 hours ago and they are almost gone because I can’t stop eating… so much for my plan…

  12. Katie says

    What a treat! The brownie bites are delicious and taste luxuriously like truffles. I added a tablespoon full of ground coffee for an extra energy kick.
    I will make them again and again as they’re so easy to prepare!

  13. Jen says

    Wow! I just made these as written, and they are absolutely fantastic! Dangerously delicious! I’m so glad I have two teenage boys who can help me eat them; otherwise, I’m afraid I would eat them all myself — right now! Thanks for such an easy awesome recipe!

  14. Olivia says

    So delicious and fudgey! Took a while to get to the right consistency in my food processor, but then super easy to form into balls. Awesome for a snack at work!

  15. Carol Edwards says

    I was having a PMS attack and needed chocolate fast. These little beauties did the job. Made them in 5 minutes….ah relief and oh so delightful.

  16. Mandy says

    I rarely make “ball” recipes, but I am so glad I decided to give this one a try. The recipe couldn’t be any simpler, and it is a healthy alternative to a regular brownie. The texture and flavor are on point! Freaking delicious!

  17. Caitlin Boucher says

    These are so amazing I could eat the entire batch they are so yummy!!! Tastes so much like brownies and were very easy to make. I’ll be making these weekly for a healthy dessert :)

  18. Rayla says

    They were great. I did make a couple changes based on what I had available.

    – I swaped the hemp seeds for flaxseed meal (because I didnt have any hemp on hand). That seemed to work great but they are SUPER filling.

    – I swaped the almond butter for peanut butter because of an almond allergy.

    – I added a touch of maple syrup and a touch of soymilk to get the texture a little more gooey without add more nutbutter.

    The family loved them but everyone agreed they were very very filling and I am sure with the dates and the flaxseed they will clean us right out. Everyone also agreed that they wouldnt really describe them as a brownie but more like a wholesome chocolate bite. They would be awesome for a hike or adventure or work snack.

  19. Stepheney says

    I made these this weekend with my 3 year old. I’m always trying to look for recipes that are toddler cooking friendly and this is one is great. We do not have a food processor, we did use the pulse setting recommendation and everything worked out just fine. We will definitely be making again.

  20. Katarina says

    Beautiful! Made these with my kids, only replaced almond to hazelnut butter. Kids are thrilled! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  21. Julia says

    Those are OH SO GOOD! So easy and fast to make and call for ingredients I always have on hand. Another absolute winner. 👌🏻❤️

  22. Tracy says

    These are great! I wanted to try them, but didn’t have hemp seeds on hand, so I used unsalted peanuts in their place. They ended up being coarsely chopped, and added yummy texture!

  23. Kristen says

    These were so good! Love the salty and sweet combo. I used Wild Friends smooth peanut butter (loved your other post comparing peanut butters) and pecans because pecans are my favorite. I only got 12 bites but would definitely make again!

  24. Susanne Mueller says

    This was a lovely easy recipe to make.
    I have a pretty basic blender to I chopped the dates and walnuts up into very small pieces beforehand and it turned out great.

    The recipe was a bit bitter for me though, maybe because I was using unsweetened almond butter, I did end up having to use 1tbs maple syrup. I also didn’t have hemp seeds so I substituted with pumpkin seeds. It still turned out great

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Susanne! Thanks for sharing. I’m wondering if the bitterness actually came from the pumpkin seeds as I find they can have quite a strong flavor? In any case, glad you enjoyed them!

      • Susanne Mueller says

        It could have been! I will try it again with hemp seeds and then give an update. I think it was the cocoa powder I was using though, it has a very strong dark chocolate taste

  25. Pragya says

    Hi,
    I’m sorry to ask this question, but is there any substitute for hemp seeds that won’t take away from the brownie flavor?
    I don’t get hemp seeds easily where I am.
    Thank you

  26. Kelly says

    I don’t normally love date-heavy recipes but these are great! I used half almond half peanut butter and put a little extra cacao for richness. Filling and yummy!

  27. AN says

    Uhm, everyone needs to RUN and make these immediately! I have made a few MB recipes that I thought were amazing but these are by far my fave. They were incredibly easy to make, and so delicious. If you think they look good, they taste even better.

  28. Kaitlyn says

    I made these with my toddler and I LOVE them. I subbed a couple of ingredients because you know, quarantine. But wow. They are amazing. Also as a breastfeeding mama I am always looking for quick snack I can grab and these are a perfect pop of delicious and nutrition. Another great recipe from minimalist baker!

  29. Beth says

    I made a half batch because I was low on dates. Subbed flax for hemp seeds. They turned out so well! They will be a tasty addition to my Halloween candy plate! Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh actually that’s a great idea. I’d say chia would be lovely. That or more walnuts or some sunflower seeds!

  30. Kat says

    I made these as soon as I saw today’s blog post. Love the chocolatey flavor and how easy they were to make. I’m planning on making them regularly as they are a very satisfying snack or dessert. Thanks for another five star recipe!!

  31. Ellen says

    Delicious!!! Super easy and I just made them without looking at the recipe – I just watched the video. Dana is right: you can measure but you really don’t have to. It’s a very forgiving recipe. A healthy sweet treat for the win!

  32. Emma says

    I made these about a minute after you posted them, and I kid you not, after my first bite my eyes rolled back into my head. These are amazing!! I used Dutch processed cocoa which added tons of chocolate ooomph. 10/10

  33. Katie says

    I’ve made this several times. Minimal mess, minimal time, super forgiving. I always end up adding more nut butter as I find my mixture is often dry with the recipe written as is, but a few more tbsps of nut butter and I’m in business.

  34. Shea Selby says

    I made this recipe but altered some of the ingredients and amounts. I used about a cup of dates + trail mix from trader joes (it’s what I had in my cabinet) + extra PB. Turned out amazing, super simple, and great taste! I was a bit skeptical of the ‘dough’ as it was pretty crumbly but when I started rolling them up, they came together beautifully and didn’t break apart. Such a great, adaptable recipe.

  35. Ella says

    Just made these and they’re SO. GOOD. It’s the perfect sweet but not too sweet treat. Recipe is also so easy to follow.

  36. Trinity says

    Can’t wait to try! I would love maybe a blog post (sorry if you have one already done) describing the differences between cocoa and cacao powder! I appreciate you saying both can be used in this recipe. Are they 100% interchangeable?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      They’re quite similar. The main difference being cocoa powder has been processed at a higher temperature. This means cocoa has slightly less nutrients intact and has a more intense chocolate flavor (especially Dutch processed). And cacao retains more nutrients and has a slightly less intense chocolate flavor.