Not-Brownie Bites

If you're not a fan of my recipe posts, I apologise for two in a row - but I'm pretty proud of these 'I can't believe it's not a brownie' ball. For reasons I won't bore you with, little Sunday has a dairy free diet...and this week, I am trying to reduce carbohydrates in my diet (I know, it's very 2002 of me, but I have never actually tried it). Because of this, I felt inspired to try and make a 'healthy treat' we can both enjoy...wowzers, I'm a fan of these puppies. Whip up the bites (void of flour, dairy, refined sugar and butter) without even baking, you won't regret it.

2/3 cup raw walnut halves and pieces
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup soft dates, pitted (about 17 - 20 medium sized dates)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut milk 
2/3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Place pitted dates in a bowl of warm water for a minute to soften them up.

Add unsweetened cocoa powder and walnuts to food processor, blend until walnuts become fine crumbs. Drain dates and place in the food processor with the cocoa walnut crumbs. Add vanilla. Process until mixture starts to combine. It may not fully combine until liquid is added. Add coconut milk half a tablespoon at a time. Pulse. You will know the consistency is right when the dough combines into a ball in the middle of the food processor. If dough is too runny add a tablespoon or more cocoa powder to bring it back to a dough like consistency.

Transfer dough to a bowl and cover with glad wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.  

Once the dough is cold, put coconut into a shallow bowl. Roll the dough between hands to form small balls. Roll balls in coconut crumbs, pressing the crumbs gently into the ball. Continue until all dough is gone.

Keep chilled, they taste best that way. Enjoy!

Briar x

1 comment:

  1. These are delicious, thanks for sharing... They were the perfect treat to make and eat with my 2 year old!


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