Happy Friday and Happy Earth Day! My youngest daughter’s Birthday is today! You may recall that my older daughter had a Birthday last week too. So it’s been a bit crazy around here and we have had a lot of sweets showing up in the form of cupcakes and cake. So I whipped up a batch of my healthy brownie bites today to curb that sweet tooth and avoid devouring too many cupcakes later at her party!
I have been experimenting with a lot of healthy brownie alternatives lately. Can you tell I have been craving brownies? I am a big fan of Larabars for my pre-workout energy, but they can be pretty spendy depending on where you buy them. So I started making my own which is much more budget friendly. They are super easy and quick to make and you can keep them in your fridge for a quick pick me up before your workout. My friend Wendy gave me a recipe for a brownie bite, so I made a few tweaks and came up with this recipe. Give these a try and let me know what you think!
Chocolate Brownie Energy Ball Recipe
(Raw, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Grain Free) Makes 16 Balls (1 tbs size)
1 1/2 Cups Walnuts or Almonds (I used raw almonds)
Pinch of salt
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Scoops Protein Powder (optional)
*Other optional add-ins: Maca Powder, Chia Seeds, Ground Flax or Coconut
In a food processor pulse the nuts and the salt until finely ground. Add the dates, vanilla, cocoa powder and protein powder and blend or pulse. The mixture may be a bit dry at this point so you may have to add water slowly until the mixture becomes sticky. I added almost a ¼ cup of water, but I also added the protein powder. Scoop the mixture into about a tablespoon size ball (I like a to use a small ice cream scoop) and roll them. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (they don’t last that long at my house). You now have a quick easy pre-workout snack or a little after dinner dessert treat!