Make This Delicious Brownie And Eat It Every Day Guilt Free

April 9, 2012   19 Comments

Snack Girl's survey on Friday gave me some great information! One suggestion was a makeover for brownies.

Healthier Brownies

if you didn't take the reader survey yet, please check it out here:

Guess what, peeps? I ALREADY did that. SNAP!

A couple of years ago, I created a recipe for No Bake Brownie Balls that will rock your boat. They do not include eggs, butter, or processed sugar but taste like they do. Why? I think it is the combination of dates and almonds (sugary and buttery).

These have been a HUGE hit on Snack Girl and I am positive your friends, family, and coworkers will love them. I make these in a food processor in a flash. If you are serious about eating healthy, and have $100 to spare, a food processor is an excellent investment.

I have owned the Cuisinart below for over 8 years, and the bowl and lid fit in my dishwasher. After some practice using it, you can grate cheese, dice vegetables, and make bread dough in no time.

Here are a couple great reasons to give No Bake Brownie Balls a try. They:

  1. Include chocolate
  2. Take almost no time to make
  3. Are super healthy and yummy

Kids love making these. They will love rolling them in their hands and NOT having to wait for them to come out of the oven.

To make these brownie balls vegan use maple syrup or agave syrup. These are gluten-free!


No-Bake Brownie Balls

1.6 from 23 reviews

(15 balls)

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1 cup roasted almonds (no salt added)
15 pitted dates
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus extra for dusting)
1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup
2 tablespoons water
confectioner's sugar (optional)


Add almonds to food processor and pulse until ground. Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, and water. Mix until it just forms a sticky mass. Wash hands and attempt to make a ball with the dough (it may need a few drops more water to get to the perfect consistency). Put a tablespoon of cocoa or confectioner's sugar on a plate. Roll balls in your hand and then roll in sugar or cocoa (or both). Eat! These can be store in the fridge for a week.

Nutrition Facts

For one brownie bite: 109 calories, 6.8 g fat, 12.2 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g protein, 3.5 g fiber, 3 Points+

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If allergic to almonds is there an alternative?

Yum! The brownie bites sound amazing and is so healthy!!

Yes, is there a nut-free alternative for those with allergies?

@Em - you can use any nut that you like - peanuts would work great here!

@Stephanie - I would have to redo the entire recipe. Let me think about it and give it a try.

Thanks for your questions!

I've made something very similar to these without nuts-oatmeal is a great substitute!

thanks for reposting I had forgot how good these are. I press the mix into a square pan, cut into 16 and feel even more righteous :-)

They sound very yummy!

Unfortunately, all nuts and peanuts are an allergy for me. Oats sounds like a good alternative though?

Thanks for today's recipe. Your new picture is great. Nice to see how happy you look in it. Good living suits you!

Chef AJ has these in her book UNPROCESSED - without ANY added sweetener. the nuts are raw - not roasted, and all the sweetness comes from the dates. It's plenty sweet and doesn't need anything else!

ok the recipe looks great but the picture I thought it was raw meatballs :) cant wait to try them

Unbe-freakin-lievable. I cannot believe how much they resemble the real deal. Thank you so much!

A food processor is an awsome investment. Ive only had mine a few months and done so much. This recipe sounds awsome.I'm gonna try it soon.thanks

Wow, these pack a sweet punch even without the confectioner's sugar!

These are amazing! Completely satisfied my sweet tooth and chocolate fix! Thank you for a quick and easy recipe!

Just made these and rolled them in coconut. Yum!

These brownie balls are miraculous. My toddler is allergic to wheat, dairy, and eggs. The poor child has never had a brownie in her life. Thankfully, she's OK with nuts, so these brownie balls are the perfect treat for her. We bring them to parties where the other kids are eating pizza and cake, and she feels like she fits in. The other kids always want to eat them, too! These treats come together in just a few minutes, and the ingredients are shelf-stable, which means that I can make them without a special grocery trip. I've also made them with cashews when I ran out of almonds, and they were still amazing. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. For my little girl, this recipe is a lifesaver!

3 points for only 1 ball? Who can eat just one ball??

I have almond meal/flour... how much would I use for this recipe?

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