Raw brownie bites

Raw brownie bites

I’d venture to say that 95% of the desserts I consume are raw. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a health freak and don’t like having to out train my diet. And although raw desserts are usually higher in fat than traditional desserts, it’s the good fat – so your body can actually process it. And use it. Which means you can get away with eating a handful of raw brownies for breakfast and not worry about them going to your ass. Because they won’t. I’ll give you a moment to let that process.
I intended on measuring each of the ingredients in grams, then I realized most people don’t own a scale. But this is a fairly simple recipe and you’ll be able to tell by the consistency of the dough whether or not you need to add more wet or dry ingredients (ahem, dates are considered a wet ingredient). If you don’t have hemp hearts, you could substitute flax seeds or additional nuts, but I highly recommend trying to find hemp hearts, as they’re ridiculously high in protein and give the brownies a great texture. Also, you can totally substitute raw agave for the nut milk, if you prefer a sweeter brownie.

1 c. raw almonds
1/2 c. raw walnuts
1/2 c. hemp hearts
3-4 tbsp cacao powder
6-8 medjool dates, soaked
2 tbsp raw nut milk
1 pinch Himalayan sea salt

In a food processor fitted with the S-blade, blend the almonds, walnuts, hemp hearts and cacao powder into a fine meal. Add the dates, nut milk and salt; blend 45-60 seconds, or until dough starts to form. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, drop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 20 minutes then press with a fork. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the freezer. I’m not sure how long they’ll keep, as they never last more than a few days in this house.
Yield: 22 brownie bites

20 thoughts on “Raw brownie bites

  1. I have always wanted to try a raw dessert recipe with dates, the only problem is that I love dates so much that I eat them all before I have the chance to make something out of them… sigh. One day soon!

  2. There she goes, talking about asses again…I just saw hemp hearts at the store and was wondering what good purpose they could be used for. These are now the perfect excuse for me to buy them. Loving this recipe, Ashlae!

  3. I love how you clarified that these brownies will not go straight to your ass. Too funny!I can't wait to give these a try, although I'll need to pick up some hemp hearts. Then again, I may not be able to wait that long and might try making them anyway. 🙂

  4. I've been making something similar with molasses for the past few weeks, so I have everything I need for this recipe on hand except the hemp–I do have flax seeds, though. Totally going to try these when my molasses bites run out!

  5. You can buy hemp hearts at costco here in Canada, and at most health food stores. There really isn't a good replacement in my mind they are a distinct item. And healthy so you should probably go buy some anyhow! haha

  6. Making these! I'm cutting back on sugar, and looking for healthier baking options. (Which don't come naturally to me. Wah!) I got really, REALLY into baking sugar-filled treats the past year and a half, only to get six cavities this year (and I haven't had a cavity since I was 8. Ch-ch-changes. I think it'll be a good thing. Love your site.

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