These little power houses are called Brownie Bites, but don’t let the name fool you. They taste like brownie batter, but are full of healthy, clean ingredients.
Almonds give us protein, fibre and omega 3’s. Dates provide a natural sugar and are rich in Magnesium, a nutrient that relaxes the blood vessels and can decrease blood pressure. Coconut is high in Zinc, which helps our immune system. Cocoa powder is very high in anti-oxidants (think young looking skin!). Coconut oil and honey both have anti-bacterial functions.
So while these are high in fat and calories, and should be considered an occasional treat, they are far better for us than traditional brownies, which offer little nutritional benefit. And when our body is eating foods that provide it with the nutrients it wants, it is more likely to use those calories than store them as fat.
Meanwhile, combine the almonds, cocoa powder, and half (1/4 cup) the shredded coconut together in a food processor. Process into a fine powder.
Drain the dates, and add them to the food processor along with the coconut oil and honey. Pulse until a dough-like consistency forms
Using your hands, roll the batter into small bite-sized balls (think TimBit).
Options to finish
- Roll the balls through the remaining coconut flakes to coat.
- Make chocolate glaze (recipe below) and dip balls in
- Eat just as they are!
These will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge, and longer in the freezer. They will get too soft if left out so need to be kept cold. I have served these to company for dessert, and they never guessed it was free of refined sugar or flour!
Melt ¼ cup of coconut oil in microwave (about 20-30 seconds)
Add in ¼ cup cocoa powder, 2 tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt
Let cool in fridge until thick, then roll balls in, set on wax paper and put in fridge to firm up.