These No Bake Brownie Bites are easy to make and don’t require any oven space at all! A great healthy treat for the holidays (or a snack for any time you need a chocolate fix!) – they taste super indulgent and you would never know they’re made from wholesome ingredients.
Have you checked the date today? I’m not quite sure how it happened, but here we are and Christmas is about two minutes away.
I remember how excited I always was about the Christmas season – decorating, picking a tree, baking cookies with mom…
We always made these chocolatey brownie balls, rolled in sugar and then left out overnight to dry the outer layer. Then they’d get baked for 3 minutes and devoured before they ever got a chance to hit the cookie tin.
I mean, they were made from sugar, butter, ground almonds and eggs. And called Myrta. How could they not be amazing?
And maybe even a few secret brownie cookies. I won’t tell if you won’t tell.
I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy baking with little kids. Recipes need to be easy, they need to be fast and they need to be tray-to-tummy in a reasonable amount of time for a 3 and 1 year old.
And by reasonable I mean about 6 minutes.
I was having some chocolatey Myrta cravings yesterday, but I knew I’d be in for banshee-cries if I told my kids they couldn’t have them until they SLEPT (the horror).
Really though, who makes cookies you have to wait for that long? Looking at you, mom.
But then I figured… Why think inside of the box all the time?
We can have Christmas cheer, and we can have it now.
So I got to work:
I got out some ingredients without a real plan, as I usually do.
I knew there had to be almonds, there had to be something chocolatey and definitely enough sweetness to satisfy that nagging tooth.
As soon as I switched on my food processor, it started jumping all over my kitchen counter.
“Why is this not working?” I wailed at my husband Brani. Poor soul. He may have suggested trying to process less of the almond-date-cocoa mix I had going on in there.
I didn’t listen. At least not until I made the processor dance again ten times.
It just wouldn’t work, so I gave in and followed his advice.
And, spoonful by spoonful, it turned into something very almost like Myrta… Just without the tedious waiting.
How to make these delicious no bake brownie bites:
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl – do not add them to the food processor right away. It’s just too hard to process all at once because there’s a lot of almonds in there. Unless you have a processor powered by magic, that is.
- Add the mix spoonful by spoonful to the processor, waiting in between for everything to get shredded.
- If it’s still not processing right, add a spoonful or two of warm water.
- Once everything is in there, blitz until it looks smooth and soft and sticks together like cookie dough. Do NOT stop processing when there are still big chunks in it.It’s OK if it looks scraggly, but no big chunks of nuts or dates!
- Roll into balls and store in the fridge. Or eat all at once, I won’t judge if you won’t judge.
It is very, very, extremely important that you process the mass until it is almost entirely smooth, only that way you get the true brownie bite feels. It should look like this:
They really taste super indulgent and almost like a full-on Christmas cookie. Yet they’re so healthy! And if you get bored, you can always make No Bake Orange and Chocolate Energy Bites
Probably some gingerbread ones too, while you’re at it.
What I like most compared to most regular brownie bites? No raw flour in there. And definitely no boxed brownie mix.
See? You don’t need to resort to boxed mixes even when Christmas is two minutes away and the cookies you really want take two days to make.
But maybe make a double batch if you want these to last until December 25… Myrta is highly sought after.
Grab the recipe to see for yourself:
No Bake Brownie Bites
- 1 cup hazelnuts
- 1 cup dried dates
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Then process them in a food processor by adding a spoonful at a time, waiting for every batch to blitz down before adding more.
- Once the mix sticks together and looks like chocolate cookie dough, stop the processor. Roll the "dough" into balls, about 1 teaspoon in size, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can also store them in the freezer for a month if you want to keep them for longer.
Nutrition (this is an estimate)
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