These No Bake Chocolate Brownie Bites will always take me back to an hour spent sitting in the parking lot of the swim club, a torrential downpour, and our car windows fogged up with 3 restless kids waiting to hear if their swim meet would be cancelled. Basically we were camping out, in the minivan, with nothing but these brownie bites and some water to get us through. We are rugged survivors people, let me tell you.
But I digress. Hopefully you won’t find yourself mindlessly popping these little golf ball sized mounds of healthy chocolate deliciousness in a similar situation, but you should definitely consider making them. I love them for so many reasons, but let’s review a few of the highlights:
- They taste amazing, like uncooked brownie batter but without that whole “playing Russian roulette with eating raw eggs” thing.
- They take less than 10 minutes to make (although you do need a food processor to really get the job done).
- The kids love these, so they are an easy lunch box addition, after school snack, or part of breakfast on the go. Or when stuck in a minivan with hungry, restless children. Always be prepared, like a Sherpa facing Everest.
- They’re a good source of healthy calories, fiber, and about 3g of protein per bite.
As with all recipes, ingredients are key and if you use different versions, yours may taste different – better or worse, who’s to say?! But some things to note:
- Protein powder: We usually buy and have handy Orgain organic “creamy chocolate fudge” protein powder, so that’s what I use for these. You can leave the protein powder out and they will still taste good, FYI. I would just increase the cocoa/cacao powder for ultimate fudginess.
- Almond butter: We use Kirkland brand from Costco which has just one ingredient, roasted almonds. As with most natural nut butters, it skews towards a slightly runnier consistency as compared to say, Jif peanut butter. The reason I bring this up is that if you use a different almond butter, you may need to add a little more water or even a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey to keep things from being dried out. It will be like a fun science experiment.
- Cocoa/cacao powder: Cocoa (i.e. Hershey’s, Godiva) is different from cocao (ka-cow) powder, which is the raw version of cocoa and has a higher antioxidant value. For this reason, I typically use cacao for smoothies, etc., but here I like to use Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder. I just like the dark chocolate fudginess for this recipe. But know that you can use any cocoa powder (avoid added sugars) or cacao (i.e. Navitas Naturals brand).
I love to hear how things go when you try an of my recipes, so send me an email (erin@feedmegreens) or tag me on IG (@feed_me_greens) and let me know what you think! And for more like these, check out my Fudgy Chocolate Coconut Snack Balls!
These no-bake chocolate brownie bites taste like uncooked brownie batter! It's just a bonus that they contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein, and are easy to make gluten free (see Notes). Perfect kid-friendly snack for after school, breakfast or in packed lunches!
- 1 cup rolled oats (choose certified gluten-free if needed)
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (We use Orgain organic creamy chocolate flavor)
- 2.5 Tbsp dark cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
Add all ingredients through almond butter into a food processor. Process until well combined, then add water and process again until a large ball is formed and rolling around as the machine runs. (Note: add half the water at first, then add more as needed. You want it to be the consistency of thick, slightly sticky brownie batter.)
Optional: add maple syrup if you want a sweeter taste.
Roll into golf sized balls and eat! You can store in the fridge or countertop in airtight container for up to 3 days.
Note: to make these gluten free, be sure to select certified gluten free oats.