No-Bake Brownie Bites
These sweet, rich and fudgy no-bake brownie bites take minutes to make with just 4 simple ingredients.
Why Make this Recipe
- Decadent but healthy. Love brownies but need a healthier option for an everyday treat? Made with 4 wholesome ingredients with no added sugar, these are totally suitable for a daily snack or dessert
- Easily Customizable. Roll them in chocolate or coconut, add espresso powder or chocolate chips…this recipe is easy to make your own!
- Rich and Fudgy. Soaked dates combined with walnuts and cocoa powder makes the ultimate rich and fudgy texture
- Bonus – they’re vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and have no added sugar!
What You’ll Need
A complete list of ingredients with amounts and full instructions is located in the printable recipe card below. This section covers ingredient and substitution considerations.
- nuts – I used a mixture of walnuts and almonds but you can choose from walnuts, almonds, pecans or hazelnuts, up to 2 cups total
- dates – medjool, sayer and deglect noor are my favourite but since we’ll be soaking the dates first, pretty much any variety will work just fine
- cocoa powder – regular cocoa powder is perfect but if you can get your hands on some, try raw cacao powder for an extra boost in nutrition
The recipe also calls for sea salt and vanilla, both of which are optional but I recommend them to enhance the flavor. Especially the sea salt!
Step by Step Instructions
It’s easy peasy! Let’s take a look.
Step 1. First you’ll want to soak the dates. Pop them into a bowl, cover with hot water and let them sit for 10 minutes then drain.
Do I have to soak the dates? If your dates are soft and moist, you can skip the soaking but to be on the safe side, I went with soaked dates for this recipe. Soaking the dates just ensures they’re moist enough to bind the recipe.
Step 2. Add the almonds and walnuts to your food processor and blend into a coarse, grainy flour. It’s totally fine if there are some large chunks left behind.
Step 3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend into a thick, sticky dough.
Step 4. Now that you’ve blended up the dough – it’s time to roll! Use your hands to roll the dough into about 16 balls.
For an extra treat, roll the balls in cocoa powder, vegan powdered sugar or shredded coconut.
- Don’t over blend. Over blending the mixture will cause the natural oils to start to release from the nuts making the balls a bit oily. Not a huge deal but try to stop blending as soon as you can press the dough together with your fingers.
- Firm in the freezer. Right out of the food processor the mixture will be a bit soft. Pop the rolled balls into the freezer for 30 minutes to firm them up.
Can I make these in a blender?
You can but it’s so much easier in a food processor. If you must go the blender route, make sure you use a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec or you risk burning out the motor.
How should I store these?
These keep well in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 2 months. I like them best stored in the freezer. They don’t freeze solid so you can enjoy them straight from the freezer.
Do these have to be refrigerated?
They’ll be totally fine out of the fridge for a few hours, even a day or more if kept cool but they’re best stored in the fridge or freezer. That being said, if you want to take them to-go, they’ll be fine, especially if they’ve previously been in the freezer.
Want to have some fun with this recipe? Here are a few variations you can try.
- Add espresso powder. Love coffee? Try adding 1 tbsp of espresso powder for a mocha twist! These espresso brownies are also amazing, btw.
- Double the chocolate. Add 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs for some crunch and extra chocolate goodness.
- Make them protein balls. Swap the cocoa powder for vegan chocolate protein powder to make them protein brownie bites.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Store in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.
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No-Bake Brownie Bites
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 16
- Category: Snack
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
These sweet little no-bake bites are easy to make in minutes and the perfect healthier treat for chocolate-lovers!
- 1 cup tightly packed (220 g), pitted dates
- 1 cup (140 g) raw almonds
- 1 cup (100 g) walnuts
- 1/3 cup (40 g) cocoa powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Place the pitted dates in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 15 minutes then drain. It’s ok if they’re wet when you add them to the recipe, just make sure any excess water is drained off.
- Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor or high-powered blender and mix until they’re mostly broken down and resemble a grainy flour. If there are some larger chunks left behind that’s ok.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it forms a thick dough.
- Roll into 16 balls and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm. Enjoy right away or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Don’t over blend. Over blending the mixture will cause the natural oils to start to release from the nuts making the balls a bit oily. Not a huge deal but try to stop blending as soon as you can press the dough together with your fingers.
Use any nuts. Mix and match almonds, walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts up to 2 cups total.
Skip soaking the dates. If your dates are soft and moist, you can skip soaking them if you want. If you skip the soaking and the dough is on the dry side once you blend it, add 1 tbsp of water and blend again until it sticks together.
Keywords: brownie bites, brownie balls, walnut date balls
UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published August 19, 2015. It was updated with new photos and text in April 2020.
Yummy! I’m trying to quit processed sugar. I just made these are they are soooo good! I followed the recipe as is except I made smaller bites using my smallest cookie scoop. They are in the freezer now and hubby (who doesn’t like healthy stuff) is licking the spatula!
This recipe is the bomb! Love that I can get my chocolate fix without dairy, gluten or soy and no flour of any kind involved!!! Thank you for all your great recipes. 😀
You are so welcome! I’m so glad you loved them. Thanks for the review!
Another great recipe from Deryn! I used raw cashews and almonds and it worked well! Added a whole hazelnut to the center of each ball and it was yums!
Yum, that sounds delicious! So glad they were enjoyed.
These are the most decadent things ever, and they are so easy to make. Absolutely delicious. They are very addictive so be warned! Love them. The best bites on the Internet.
Haha, thank you so much Antonia! I’m so happy you love them.
I’ve made the no bake brownie bites three times. The first batch I ate all at once. The second batch I ate same day but in two sittings. The third batch is lasting me several days. I should mention that I had to make smaller batches than what the recipe calls for because of my teeny tiny food processor, but I’m getting a bigger one, if for no other reason than to keep making the this recipe!
These were so easy to make. I always have these ingredients in the house so I will definitely make them again. Next time I think I will add a touch of maple syrup and a little less salt. I did not use any maple syrup in my first batch.
Ahhh- these are soooo good, healthy and easy to make in the processor! I did not soak the dates before hand, but added a little water when processing and it all came together. Thanks for another great recipe, Deryn!
These are soooo fudgy and yummy. I used all walnuts and they’re so good. Thank you!!
Is it possible to get the nutrition facts for these? I made them, very yummy. Also made 20 balls from the recipe, but am trying to figure out calories, carbs, etc.
Hi there, the nutrition facts are listed just below the recipe! Glad you enjoyed them.
Coffee + Chocolate = You can’t go wrong!! I love how the walnuts add protein, this would be perfect as a post-workout snack! 😀
BEST dessert ever! Snack attack-alert!
This looks delicious!!! Cannot wait to try to make these.
These look like the perfect snack to have before a workout or to take hiking with you! Anything with chocolate and you’ve got me sold 🙂