A couple weeks ago David and I went to our friends Max & Maren's house for dinner. I brought a white wine, red wine, appetizer, and dessert. Since doing Whole30 David and I have tried to eat less refined sugars so when I said I'd bring a dessert, I consulted my Pinterest board of Paleo Sweets. I decided on a paleo brownie recipe. It was...not good to say the least. When I took it out of the oven, I knew it smelled "off". It didn't rise much, and I had little to no hope for it.
Have you ever experimented with a new recipe on a day when you're supposed to bring dessert? Well, I should know better than to do that, but I was desperate to try a paleo brownie recipe. The one I tried was definitely a flop, though Max and Maren both ate their piece, my mom and David said they enjoyed them, and my dad was on the fence about them, just like me. Needless to say, these delicious brownie bites are not those brownies.
These tasty morsels come together quickly in a food processor, like above. I wanted to show you the texture that they should be, because while the food processor is going, you need to add a little water. This texture is perfect for rolling into balls.
This was about the fifth or six time I've made these little brownie bites. I've been making them every week for our 10 a.m. snacks. They are perfectly sweetened by natural dates, so no refined sugars there! The cocoa powder makes them exactly like brownies, and the walnuts keep you satiated long enough to hold you over to lunch. David and I usually eat two as a snack.
One of the best parts about these little balls of heaven is that they smell amazing! No baking required and they smell just like brownies. It's pretty amazing. I definitely should have brought these that Saturday night for Max & Maren rather than the pathetic excuse of brownies that I did bring.
One bite of these is never enough.
Recipe by Paleo Grubs
Makes about 15 balls
1.5 cups walnuts
1 cup dates, pitted (about 8 dates)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1-2 tablespoons water
In the bowl of a food processor; add walnuts, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Pulse ingredients until all chopped up. Once all chopped, turn on and let it rip. Slowly pour in 1 - 2 tablespoons water to help ingredients come together to form a ball. Once it all comes together, use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to form balls. Place out on a baking sheet evenly and freeze for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. Remove from baking sheet, place in a plastic bag, and store in the freezer until ready to eat.
Here's a picture of Ryder while I was making these. He has a love/hate relationship with that pillow. It's either on top of him, his head resting on it, or he's slapping it off the chair completely. What a spaz.