Tasty fudgey brownie bites made with raw (nut-free) ingredients! These make a healthy snack but taste so good and are ridiculously easy to make.
I’ve had a quite a few comments and messages from readers asking about nut-free recipes.
When I first started this blog, I wanted to make recipes that everyone could enjoy and although many of my recipes are nut-free, I never had a dedicated category.
Well, I’ve just added a nut-free category to my recipe index now! And will be focusing on more nut allergy friendly recipes in the future :-) I’ve also added a soy-free section for those with soy allergies.
And to start you off, here is a recipe for raw brownie bites which use oats instead of nuts.
This also makes them naturally low in fat and excellent for lowering cholesterol. But aside from the healthiness, these are just plain gorgeous.
I’ve called them “brownie” bites because they have a rich texture and strong chocolate flavour, like a brownie.
I’ve made these raw brownie bites a few times now because they’re so handy for on-the-go snacks, breakfasts and quick chocolate fixes!
These raw brownie bites are:
- Dairy-free & vegan
- Gluten-free (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed)
- Low-fat and low calorie
- Healthy and cholesterol-lowering!
More Healthy Snacks
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Raw Chocolate Brownie Bites (Nut-free)
Delicious and healthy "brownie" bites! Nut-free, vegan and raw.
- 90 g oats, gluten-free, if needed
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 medium medjool dates, pitted
- In a food processor or high-powered blender, mix the oats and cocoa powder together into a flour.
- Add the vanilla and dates and blend until the mixture is well combined and starts to ball together.
- Add a tablespoon of water if needed, to help the mixture ball together.
- Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat until you have approximately 12 balls.
- Keep in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. Enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 75Carbohydrates 17.4gFiber 2.1gSugar 10.8gProtein 1.4g
I am a self taught baker and chef with 40 plus years of culinary knowledge , I noticed in the comments someone wrote that 90 G of oats is 8 ounces -one U.S. cup . 90 G is actually 3.17 ounces so I would use 4 ounces, 1/2 cup.
A friend asked me to find a few dessert recipes for a relative that are gluten free, nut free and egg free. I just came across this in a google search for -nut free , gluten free , egg free brownie recipe.
They do seem to fit the bill and I will pass along the recipe.
Do you have any more on this blog ?
John here again – I wish to correct myself . After checking a few sources 90 g of oats is 7/8 of a U.S. cup , 100 G oats is one U.S. cup .
Randy Hays says
I added a handful of dried cherries and some lemon zest on the second batch. Both were delicious
Very yummy. I used orange juice instead of water, can also add a bit of grated orange zest/rind if they’re organic oranges.
lovely recipe which I have shared with friends. I have been trying to find an energu ball that I can give my three boys that don’t contain nuts yet still feel like a treat. I like that there is no added syrups and the recipe makes a great amount. I drizzled dark chocolate that I melted a little coconut oil in on top to encourage the little guys to try them. fab
I made these and love them but just wondering how I could make them less dry and crumbly and more truffle like? Would honey or maple syrup help? Hesitant to use water incase that makes them less firm. Thoughts?
You can add coconut oil, which I do sometimes. Makes them much more chocolately/truffle like. But if you don’t want to use oil, then perhaps some applesauce or plant milk.
I added a little maple syrup and coconut milk (from the can) instead of water. They came out great. I don’t have a pic, I ate them lol.
So glad they turned out well! Great tip about the coconut milk, I bet that adds a nice flavour too.
These are fabulous for naughty husbands and children (adult of course). Didn’t have enough medjool so used 5 regular dates per medjool (that was by weight) used regular cocoa at same measurement and finished in coconut in a rissole shape instead of a ball. Just perfect for a little sugar boost. Thanks lovely :)
So glad you enjoyed them, Kym! Thanks for your comment
Help! I need a machine that will pulverise dry ingredients , I want to make but butters, flours, dips , sauces etc do I go for a nutri thingy or food processor love from so confused of little bowden
I foind them a little bitter (I did use the raw cacao) I added a little maple syrup. I didnt use enough water though, they.went together fine but were a bit dry (my bad). Very very rich in flavour which means you can’t gorge on them so another plus. Will make them again but mighy add less cacao and put coconut in them. So quick and easy. Thank you xxx
Can you tell me what 90 g of oats is in US measurements? Many thanks! I can’t wait to make them!!
Google it, Donna
Hi Donna the US measurements are already in the post (just click the “US” button at the bottom of the ingredients list and it will convert). It’s 1 cup
Super easy to make and are super delicious. I added a couple of stem ginger balls too. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely be making these again.
Helen Lim says
These look so yummy, but I’m not allowed to eat oats. Wondering if anyone has tried a substitute that works well?
Well if you can eat nuts, you can use cashews or ground almonds. You could also try seeds but it will alter the taste quite a bit. Coconut flour is another option but could make the mixture very dry so only use a very small amount at first, if you decide to use that instead. Let me know how you get on!
I just made the bites, placed them in the fridge just to get it a bit more firmer. I added a shot of strong coffee to the dates and coated them in the cacao powder. Recipe was so simple to follow and nut free :D
I made these yesterday for snacks for my children. They turned out nice, were simple to make, and my kids liked them. I did find them a little bitter (maybe it was the type of dates or cocoa I used?) so I added about 1 Tbsp of honey. It also needed more water than I expected. But I will be making these again. Maybe next time with different substitutes like dried apricots or coconut or pumpkin seeds? I like experimenting. Thanks for the recipe.
So glad you liked them! Ah yes, I think using raw cacao powder is quite important here because cocoa powder is much more bitter in comparison. Although I’m glad to hear it wasn’t a total disaster ;-)
Michelle M Giroux says
Do you think a nut butter ir substitute would be added?
Hi Michelle, instead of what? The oats?
So perfect! Minimal ingredients arranged in a really clever fashion. I need to re-up my date supply and make these! I’m pretending I took the bite out of that one right now and it’s really working for me.
That made me laugh out loud :D I often like to pretend I’m eating food I see on the screen too. The definition of wishful thinking…
Molly Kumar says
Gosh, they look so tempting, I can gobble atleast 3-4 at once ;) Will try them soon.
Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes says
I love little bites like these. I have a few of them on my blog too and I always find them so difficult to photograph.Your pictures turned out perfect though! Thanks so much for sharing!
I love how easy these are! We have no need for nut-free recipes around here, but my kids are so obsessed, and I use so many nuts in a week, that I should probably start incorporating some into out diet :)
Nicole @ Yumsome says
These might just be the perfect thing to wean my beloved off the enormous amount of cookies he eats throughout the day!
Mel @ avirtualvegan.com says
Wow such few ingredients for such delicious sounding little treats! And super easy to make too. they look great. Perfect for my mid afternoon slump!
Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy says
I love brownies like these! Great ingredients, super easy, and quick to make! Not to mention they are healthy and taste delicious =)
Kelly @ Tasting Page says
As if brownies weren’t great enough, you go and make them healthy and bite size. I’m in!
Simple and fun way of getting healthy ball. Perfect for snack time :)
Chris @thinlyspread says
Perfect for a picnic too! I know a batch of veggie teens revising for exams who will love these as a pick – me -up treat, thank you!
dixya @food, pleasure, and health says
so nice of you to consider nut-free allergies and i bet so many people are benefitting from it. love energy bites/balls and this one sounds wonderful.
Thank you Dixya :-)
Kathy Hester says
I’m going into the kitchen to make a batch of these right now!
Yay! You won’t regret it :-) Let me know how you get on!
Letty / Letty's Kitchen says
easy peasy–can’t wait to make these! Pinning!
Easy peasy recipes are the best! Hope you get to try them :-) Thanks Letty!
I love how simple and delicious these look. Gotta make these for my kids!
Thanks Kari! Kids will love these, I reckon!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says
From the oat base to the chocolatey decadence, this has my name written all over it! Love them, pinned them WANT them <3
You will love them, Natalie! Thanks for pinning :-)
Cathy @ Planet Veggie says
I love making these types of energy balls and always on the lookout for new combinations so thanks for this!
They’re so handy, aren’t they? These are definitely my favourite so far though! Thanks Cathy :-)
I love energy bites! And brownies too of course . . . and now you’ve combined them into one! Sounds delicious:)
Thank you Laura!
I love little snacks like this – easy to grab-n-go and super portable! YUM!
Exactly, so handy! Thanks Jenn :-)
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
Only 4 ingredients – now, I cannot beat that! Delicious and so easy! YES!
Thanks Shashi :D!
Becky Striepe says
These look so good!!
Thanks Becky :-)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
So yummy and simple <3
Thank you Rebecca :D