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Chocolate Brownie Bites

I heard about Larabars for the longest time. “Oh my gosh, they’re so good, you have to try them”, “They’re so healthy”, blah blah blah. So I tried one about a year ago. I had no clue what they hype was about. They were dry and not very good. I realized they were basically a processed version of something I made a couple years prior and decided I would never buy another boring Larabar ever again.

I have since made lots of different varieties of date/almond bars, and coconut has always hailed as my favorite. Until now. Holy freaking cow. These are so delicious. It’s like eating a gob of deliciously gooey brownie batter! Seriously! I’m starting the Whole30 tomorrow, and am gorging on these little things like they are going out of style! See you in 30 days, little Brownie Bites…



Chocolate Brownie Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Kendra Benson


  • 1 cup raw Almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups pitted Medjool Dates approximately 10-11 dates
  • 3-1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder try to use the good stuff
  • 4 Tbsp Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract I never measure, so pour in what makes you happy
  • Water


  1. Combine all ingredients (except water), in the order listed, in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles coarse gravel.
  3. While the processor is running, add a thin stream of water, about 1/2 tsp, maybe less depending on the moistness of your dates.
  4. Stop the processor and check the mixture inside. If it sticks together when you smush it, then you've got the right consistency. If it's still crumbly, add more water. You don't want to add too much water because the bites will be too sticky.
  5. When you've got the right consistency, roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls. Yield varies depending on how much you eat while you're rolling them 🙂
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or so, if they last that long.


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69 Comments on “Chocolate Brownie Bites

  1. Emma

    Wowweeeee! I just made these and they are so delicious! I was never really big on Larabars. They always seem to have the same flavor. These are super good and I like that there is no added sugar! Thanks for this post!

    1. Kendra

      If you add protein powder, you would definitely need to add more water so they wouldn’t be too dry. I wouldn’t add more dates, though. Maybe try making a paste out of the powder and water first so you don’t wind up with a big clump of powder in one bite. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  2. Nikki Dewell

    These are wonderful! The whole family loves them. I’m excited to try you other recipes for desert bites too

    1. Kendra

      I only use Hershey’s when I run out of the good stuff. I have heard that cacao is different than cocoa powder in that it is more bitter, but some don’t notice a difference. I imagine it might affect the taste, but can’t say for sure, as I’ve never used cacao before.

      1. rainey

        We only use cacao powder. Just cut the amount way back, at least half. I wonder if you could use cashews?

  3. Kesa

    I will be making these for sure 🙂 About how many balls does this recipe make up? I am on a make ahead and freeze crusade right now and would like to make 30 of these, just wondering how many times I will need to make the recipe…thanks!!

    1. Kendra

      If you make 2 batches, you would probably wind up with a little over 30, maybe 40-45. I’ve never been able to get a good count because *somebody* always comes in and grabs some while I’m rolling them 🙂

      If you’re making a bunch in advance, you could also dehydrate them so they are more shelf-stable for longer. I’ve only done it a couple times, but they still taste good. Maybe dehydrate half and leave the rest “fresh”. Have fun!

  4. Stacy

    I just made these and they are awesome. My hubby and kids are trying to eat them all in one sitting lol… I can’t wait to try the Apple Pie Bites

  5. Lbv

    Go ahead and make them a touch on the sticky side, then roll them in toasted coconut flakes, dry roasted sesame seeds or more cocoa powder like a truffle.

  6. Jill6243

    Just made these and I am thrilled with the result. My hubby is diabetic so no added sugar is a bonus. My new favorite treat. Delish!

  7. Tricia Cole

    our kids’ school is totally peanut and tree nut free (UGH!) – do you have ideas on how you could make these nut free?

    1. Kendra

      Hmm, that’s a good question. My first thought is to replace the nuts with unsweetened banana chips, since they offer a similar texture. I haven’t tried that, but I think it would be a good combo. That’s all I can think of right this moment. If I think of something else, I’ll be sure to come back and post it.

  8. Karen

    Oh my yummy! I just made these and they are so good!

    I don’t have a food processor so I threw all the dry ingredients (nuts, coconut, coco powder in the blender) – after that was all crumbly, I added the dates and blended until crumbly. Then I dumped it all in a bowl and added the vanilla and water while mixing with a spoon.

    I took LBV’s advice and rolled them in coconut.

    To Kesa: I made TBSP sized balls (carefully measured) and squeaked out 28 balls.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. maria

    I made these last night and they were delicious!! I tossed them in the shredded coconut once they were rolled and they looked (notice I said looked because by tonight they were all gone) amazing, and tasted great. Great recipie will def make again!

  10. Amy

    I just made these after completing the Whole30 and interestingly, I found the tsp of vanilla made them a bit too sweet – the sugar-free Whole30 must have done something to my taste buds!! 🙂 Anyway they were pretty good. I might add almond butter to them for extra creaminess and omit the vanilla next time. Thanks!

      1. Claire

        I noticed that the vanilla is the only thing non compliant for whole 30, could throw be omitted or substituted and make it whole 30 compliant? Thanks!

  11. AngelaB

    Um, wow. These little guys are DANGEROUS!!! So yum. I don’t have a food processor so i used my vitamix, it worked OK, but i may invest in a processor JUST to make these guys 🙂

  12. Moosmum

    OMG.. just made these and used Macadamias as thats all I had… delicious… thanks so much for the recipe… be using it again for sure

  13. Suzi

    How long and what temperature would you dehydrate them? Think it would be cool to have them sortof like cookies…

    1. Kendra Benson

      It’s been so long since I’ve actually had any left to dehydrate that I don’t remember how long it takes. I would do 135˚F and check them after a few hours to get an idea of how long to leave them in. I like your idea of a cookie-like thing, so if you flatten the balls (like with the bottom of a glass) then they wouldn’t take as long to dehydrate. I might have to give that one a try, it’s a great idea.

  14. Emily

    I totally messed up this recipe. I used roasted, unsalted peanuts (what I had on hand) and added way too much water (maybe a bit over a cup as I was distracted by my son and our dog). But it turned out to be a huge blessing. The result was something that resembled my favorite chocolate-peanut butter-oatmeal no bake cookies from childhood. I read through some of the other comments and decided to bake them at 350 for 20 minutes. When they cooled they were soft and chewy and sooo good! Thanks for the recipe and comments for the unexpected treat.

    And I’ll try the real recipe soon because I really wanted little pop-able balls to eat before going on runs.

  15. JayLee

    I was previously making protein balls for snacks that included rolled oats and either honey or agave necter among other things… but since my husband and I are trying to eat meat, veggies, fruit, and nuts for a month (he calls it the Lebron Diet, I think it is pretty much the whole30) I think we will try this!

  16. Bridy

    These look so yummy.
    Sadly we can not send any nuts to school with our kids.
    I am going to try using pumpkin seeds.

  17. Liz

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am absolutely in love with them. I rolled them in shredded coconut, to make them look like (very non-paleo) chocolate balls we make in Australia. I can almost not tell the difference, except that I don’t feel unwell after eating them!

  18. Allie

    Do these have a strong coconut flavor?? I’m not a huge fan of the texture or taste of coconut so wanted to check if that’s a dominant flavor or not! Could anything be substituted or could they be made without?

    1. Kendra Benson

      Definitely not a coconutty-flavor, it’s more for a binder and texture than anything else. If you want to leave it out, I would suggest replacing it with and equal amount of small shelled seeds, like hemp/pumpkin/sunflower, etc.

  19. Cindy Keener

    We love these! They are so delicious! A few people mentioned freezing them – has anyone actually tried it and if so, do they freeze well?


    1. Holly

      I freeze them regularly. I toss the finished bites in a bit of coconut flour (keeps them from sticking together when frozen/thawing) in a freezer Ziploc bag and they are absolutely delicious with no loss of flavor/texture. *I like to eat them frozen too* I make mine with 1/2 almonds, 1/2 cashews and sometimes with coconut sometimes with hemp hearts instead. The dates make these “treats” high in potassium so a great post-run or workout snack especially if you up the protein content by using the hemp. YUM! I can’t wait until I’m off the Whole 30 and can make these again!

  20. Lisa

    Just made these…first time ever using dates…WOW…amazing!! Its going to be hard not to eat them all. Can I freeze them or refrigerate?

  21. Jenny

    Hey there! These look fabulous!! I’m thinking about trying this recipe today (bought a ginormous bag of Organic Dates at Costco

  22. Brenda Tuttle

    Hi! Have you ever tried making them with pitted dates from a bag, not medjool? I’m wondering if I would need to soak them first

  23. Annika

    These are even more delicious if made with ground walnuts, fresh sticky dates & cacao – which is the unprocessed – cocoa is the processed form which has had most of the nutrients stripped. Once you have rolled the truffles into balls dip them into homemade organic dark chocolate (cacao, coconut oil, honey). Delicious 🙂

  24. Angela

    Can you share with me why these would NOT be Whole 30 approved? I am new to both Paleo and am thinking of starting the Whole 30 next week. Thanks!!

  25. Sher

    These are yum!! they remind me a bit of christmas pudding…I think I might add cherries or raisins soaked in brandy to make it into a delicious winter warmer …that should get through the coming cold spell ;o) !

  26. Amy

    Do you think you could use sunflower seeds instead of almonds? My daughter is allergic to all tree nuts and I”m trying to find more snacks to make her that aren’t full of crap. Thanks!

    1. Kendra Benson

      You can omit the coconut altogether and you should be fine.You may not need to add any water if you do, so just leave it out and add it only if the balls won’t stick together.

  27. Kris

    Could you tell me what the carbs are in these? Also I am going to try the apple pie bites as well could you tell me the carbs on those too?
    Thanks so much

  28. Angela Carter-Orr

    I made these tonight, but I had no almonds so I used cashews. These are so quick, so easy, and SOOOO delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. My 6 year old loved them, and they will be in his lunch box this week…if I don’t eat them all first.

  29. Rachel Harris

    SOO delicious and easy!! This is the first paleo brownie type recipe that I’ve found that I actually prefer to regular brownies. Amazing. Thank you!!

  30. Jeri

    I just made these and they are fabulous! I included bout a half cup of cacao nibs for extra crunch which was yummy. Then I saw the apple bites recipe and and everything on hand to make those too. SCORE FOR ME! Thanks for the great recipes.

  31. Jaime Marjanovich

    Wow these are an instant fave! The kids are so excited to help make them and think it is something really special in their lunches. It curbs the sweet tooth beautifully. Thanks for posting. I have a feeling we will be making them often. As a side note we used silicone molds as well as made our own “kisses”. It was nice that the dough could maintain many shapes.


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