Craving brownies but no time to wait? These Double Chocolate No-bake Brownie Bites are ready in less than 15 minutes.
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Chocolate cravings are no joke
I could probably just leave it at that and roll right into the recipe for these Double Chocolate No-bake Brownie Bites because we’ve all been there. But if I skipped right to the recipe then I couldn’t tempt you with photos of dark, rich, chocolatey bites that have a texture somewhere between the filling of a truffle and an insanely fudgy brownie studded with walnuts and chocolate chips. So let’s talk about these little beauties and how they came to be.
Last weekend I traveled from Colorado to Minnesota for the 3rd Annual Fit For Her MPLS event and to get some face-to-face work time with Stacie. We’d promised ourselves that there would be no recipe developing, only strategic planning. Apparently we just can’t help ourselves because lo and behold, recipe developing somehow crept onto the agenda. “It’s going to be easy.” we told ourselves. We just need to whip up a batch of grain-free, egg-free brownies made with cauliflower.
You read that right. Cauliflower. In brownies. Sounds brilliant, right?
We love sneaking more veggies into everything and since cauliflower is pretty much unnoticeable in a smoothie we figured it would work great in brownies, too.
Not so much.
Here’s the short version of how it went down: Batter tastes great – you’d never guess there was cauliflower in there! Brownies look gorgeous coming out of the oven. Brownies cool, we cut into them, then snap a few photos eagerly anticipating the moment we get to eat them.
That first bite? Well, it was something.
Sulfurous is the only way to describe them. Our gracious taste testers, Stacie’s husband and brothers, also described them as tasting like dirt. Hahahaha! As disappointed as we were that they didn’t turn out (because, brownies) we laughed until our stomachs hurt. Then we left them on the counter where they proceeded to off-gas a funky overcooked cabbage smell until we tossed them in the trash. A second and third attempt with different recipe formulations yielded similar results so we decided to throw in the towel and whip up these Double Chocolate No-bake Brownie Bites instead that are 100% free of cruciferous vegetables and totally no-fail.
But what they’re not free of is that rich chocolatey taste you want in a brownie.
Because we almost always feel compelled to bump up the nutrition in just about every treat on this blog we grabbed a bag of Primal Kitchen® Collagen Peptides to make them even more righteous (beyond their antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts and the satisfying and delicious coconut oil).
And they were perfect and much simpler (and less stinky) to make than grain-free, egg-free cauliflower brownies.Craving brownies but no time to wait? These Double Chocolate No-bake Brownie Bites are ready in <15 minutes. @PrimalKitchenCo Click To Tweet
Why Collagen Peptides?
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Now, who’s hungry for some Double Chocolate No-bake Brownie Bites?
- ½ cup smooth almond butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup cocoa powder (may substitute raw cacao powder)
- 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
- ½ cup Primal Kitchen Grass-fed Collagen Peptides
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp. dairy-free mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life!)
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Place all ingredients with the exception of chocolate chips and walnuts into the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse ingredients together 10-15 times. Remove lid and scrape down sides.
- Continue to process on continuous speed (rather than pulsing) until ingredients are well mixed and start to pull together into a ball.
- Remove lid and check consistency. If dough is too dry and crumbly to from a ball when rolled in your hands, add a little more almond butter and process again. If dough is too sticky, add a pinch of coconut flour and process again until it forms a ball that will hold it’s shape.
- Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Shape into 20-24 balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Dust with additional cocoa powder, if desired. Store in a covered container in the fridge until ready to eat.
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- Serving Size: 1 bites
- Calories: 114
- Fat: 9g
- Sodium: 34mg
- Carbohydrate: 6g
- (Fiber: 2g
- Sugar: 3g)
- Protein: 4g
Note: We’ve only tested this recipe with the listed ingredients and measurements, unless otherwise noted. If you would like to try a substitution, we would love to have you share what you used and how it turned out in the comments below. Thanks!
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