I don’t mean that I decided to throw caution to the wind and use all of my savings to fill my no-pets-allowed rental apartment with puppies of all shapes and size. Puppies as far as the eye can see! Magical adorable long-lashed toilet-trained fluffy excitable puppies!
No, what I mean is that after a good year or more of dreaming up new flavours of raw vegan treats/truffles/a-rose-by-any-other-name-would-smell-as-sweet creations, I finally bit the proverbial tasty bullet and made some chocolate balls.
After all, if the nut and cacao nib pairing worked so well in my chocolate granola with cherries and almonds, how could I deny these ingredients the chance to star in some raw vegan brownie bites?
So I mixed and matched, blended and whirled, rolled and taste-tested, and came up with something that I think you’ll love just as much, if not more, than I do. Behold: a batch of nutty-sweet-cacao-nib-crunchy-rich-decadent raw vegan chocolate brownie bites.
Perfect to get you through the 3pm workday misery-slump, perfect for dessert, perfect for morning tea alongside coffee. Heck, these are even perfect for breakfast, served alongside a frosty fruit smoothie (my current favourite is my strawberry rose cherry smoothie).
Enjoy, fellow deliciousness-lovers. I made these just for you.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownie Bites
Makes 15 – 20, depending on the size you roll them.
- 3/4 cup walnuts or pecans (My parents and I both prefer pecans, but walnuts definitely work)
- 1/4 cup almonds or cashews (mix and match to find your perfect pairing)
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 2 tb cacao powder (raw if that’s important to you, but normal is fine)
- 2 tb raw cacao nibs
- In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the nuts until finely chopped.
- Add in the dates, vanilla, salt, and cacao powder, and pulse until everything is incorporated and the mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers. (Depending on how soft your dates are, you may need to throw in a few more to get to this stage.)
- Tip in the cacao nibs, and pulse briefly to combine.
- Roll into balls and store in the fridge or freezer, or share with family and friends and eat all in one go. If that’s not love, what is?