Summer Treat: No-Bake + No-Guilt Brownie Bites

Do you remember those brownie bites you could get in the grocery store in the bakery section? I do. I would make my mom buy my a package every. time. Because, WHO can resist brownies? I know I can’t!

I am one of those people that doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth, but sometimes crave something small and sweet after meals. So, I thought I needed to create a guilt-free and satisfyingly sweet bite that’s a go-to dessert, snack or whenever. The base is walnuts, and these bites have added in health benefits.

No-Bake + No-Guilt Brownie Bites
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 1/2 cup halved walnuts
  2. 3 T cacao powder (I use Philosophie’s Cacao Magic)
  3. 1 t vanilla extract
  4. 1 cup pitted dates
  5. 1 T water (start off with 1/2 T and then add more if needed)
  6. Dash of sea salt
  7. 2 T chocolate chips (I use EnjoyLifeFoods because they are dairy free)
  1. Blend walnuts in food processor until most broken up (do not over blend them or it will become too oily)
  2. Add in dates and chocolate chips and blend
  3. Add in all other ingredients and blend until mixture is smooth and will congeal together easily (if not, you may need to add a tiny bit more water)
  4. Roll into balls and place separate on plate, cutting board, etc
  5. Freeze balls until hardened (keep in container in freezer or fridge for up to 10 days)
  6. Optional: roll balls in more cacao, coconut, etc.
  1. If dough is too dry, start by adding in 1/2 t of water at a time.
Wise + Well

Related: Gluten, Dairy, + Soy-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies
Sweet + Creamy Maple Tahini Cookies
Healthy Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: Alisa Anton + author’s own

Katie Brown
Written by Katie Brown
Katie Brown is the one behind the balanced lifestyle food blog Real Food with Gratitude. She is extremely passionate about eating real food and living a balanced life to better one’s mind, body and soul. She is has become a huge advocate about removing processed and unnecessary ingredients from her diet as much as possible, and wants to show others that they can too. She is a certified barre instructor and when she is not in the kitchen, she enjoys taking hot barre and hot yoga. Follow her on Instagram, @realfoodwithgratitude.