No-Bake Brownie Bites

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We’ve made a number of energy bites on the blog before, but these ones might take the cake. Or the brownie? Either way, these brownie bites are incredibly delicious.

My very first no-bake brownies can be found here, which were inspired by the super talented Sarah at My New Roots.

What you need to know: 7 whole food ingredients, 1 food processor, 15 minutes required; refined sugar-free; tastes like dessert; rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids; your friends and family will be in awe of your majestic healthy dessert-making abilities. Let’s do this!

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are packed with nutrition and offer a variety of health benefits:

  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, including B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, iron, and potassium. (source)
  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids (including alpha-linolenic acid, an important anti-inflammatory fat known as the plant omega-3). (source)
  • Contain all of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). (source)
  • Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a moistening laxative and found in a variety of different formulations used to support health. (source)

Health Benefits of Walnuts

You know how walnuts are shaped like little brains? Well, some say that means they’re good for brain health!

We aren’t sure that’s quite enough evidence to prove they’re good for you, but let’s explore what research does say about the health benefits of walnuts (source):

  • Rich source of essential fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (that’s the anti-inflammatory fat found in hemp seeds, too)
  • Full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, B6, folate, copper, phosphorous, and manganese
  • Contain a variety of antioxidants, including ellagic acid, catechin, and melatonin
  • Have shown benefit in a variety of conditions, including human studies showing improvement in cardiovascular risk, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), diabetes, and cognitive performance

How to Make These Brownie Bites

To make these brownie bites, simply add your hemp seeds and walnuts to a food processor. Then add dates for binding and sweetness, cacao or cocoa powder for chocolaty brownie flavor, almond butter for richness and more binding, and a pinch of sea salt and vanilla for good measure. Then, blend into a clumpy dough.

Then roll into balls. And say hello to super simple and decadent brownie bites! Enjoy as is or roll in cocoa or cacao powder for an even more intensely chocolaty treat.

We hope you LOVE these brownie bites! They’re:

Fudgy
Chocolaty
Naturally sweet
Nutty
& Deceptively wholesome!

Enjoy them as a snack or a healthier dessert any time a brownie craving strikes!

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No-Bake Brownie Bites

Unbelievably fudgy, nutty, vegan brownie bites with no baking required. Just 7 whole food ingredients and 10 minutes stand between you and these deceptively decadent treats.
Author Minimalist Baker
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4.97 from 59 votes
Prep Time 10minutes
Total Time 10minutes
Servings 14(brownie bites)
Course Dessert/Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2 Weeks

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼cupmedjool dates (~14 dates, measured after pitting // if dry, soak in warm water for 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry)
  • 1/4cuporganic cacao or cocoa powder, plus more for rolling (or sub carob for chocolate-free / caffeine-free)
  • 3Tbsphemp seeds
  • 1/4cuproughly chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 ½Tbspalmond butter (creamy salted // or sub other nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 1pinchsea salt (use more or less depending on saltiness of nut butter)
  • 1/4tspvanilla extract

Instructions

  • To a food processor add pitted dates, cocoa or cacao powder, hemp seeds, walnuts, almond butter (or other nut/seed butter), salt, and vanilla.
    Note: If you don’t have a food processor, you can try using a blender, but dates can be notoriously tough for blenders due to their sticky nature, so use a low speed if possible and pulse instead of blending.
  • Pulse until the mixture is well blended and starts to clump together (~30 seconds – 1 minute). If it’s too dry or crumbly and it doesn’t stick together when pressed between two fingers, add more nut butter or pitted dates (just ensure your dates are sticky and fresh, or it will only further dry out the mixture.)
  • Scoop out 1 ½ Tbsp amounts (we love this scoop) and gently roll into balls. As the original recipe is written, ~14 balls.
  • Enjoy immediately as is, or roll in extra cocoa, cacao, or carob powder for an extra chocolaty exterior. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer up to 1 month (often longer). Let come close to room temperature before enjoying for best texture (in our opinion).

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with cacao powder.

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

Serving: 1brownie biteCalories: 107Carbohydrates: 19.7gProtein: 2.2gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.89gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.82gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 16.1gVitamin A: 36.37IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 28.44mgIron: 0.73mg

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  1. Tiffany Jsays

    Made these and they were delicious! Didn’t have almond flour so blotzed some almonds and peacans. I think this recipe would also be lovely with a toasted hazelnut base! I also only had peanut butter so used that instead. Totally recommend and will be remaking these!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Ooo yes, hazelnuts would be delicious too! Thank you for the lovely review, Tiffany! xo

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Naomi, you can leave them out, or replace with flaxseed meal or chia seeds. Let us know how you like them!

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  2. Katelynsays

    Superb recipe! Even my picky husband loved them. Trying to make us healthier snacks for throughout the day and this definitely will be on rotation in our lunches!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Woohoo! We’re so glad you both enjoy them, Katelyn! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Heathersays

    OMG… fantastic. I didn’t have hemp seeds, so I substituted ground flax seed. I also used Deglet Noor dates. They were still perfect. Spot on taste. We just loved them. Do not hesitate; just make these. So good!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Heather =) Thank you as always for the lovely review! xo

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  4. Lynnsays

    These look incredible! The caramel looking drizzle at the very end looks extra delicious also. Is that in the recipe? Am I missing it or is there a link to a separate recipe for that?
    I cannot wait to try these. :-)

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yay! That’s just a drippy almond butter =) But it does look like caramel! Let us know how you like them!

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  5. Kamiliasays

    Just finished making this, and they are amazing, and so easy! I just left out the hemp seeds. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hmm, perhaps sunflower seeds or peanuts (if not allergic)? Let us know if you try it!

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  6. Cathysays

    What difference does it make if you don’t use medjool dates They are very expensive here

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Cathy, they should be okay with other dates, but medjool tend to be especially moist and sticky. If you have deglet noor, they’re a great sub!

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  7. Lauren Tsays

    These balls are amazing. I make a double batch every week for a mid morning snack. I’ve made so many “bliss ball” recipes over the years and this is my favourite. I’ve also used peanut butter in place of almond butter which is just as yummy

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Woohoo! Thanks for the lovely review, Lauren! So glad you enjoy the bites! xo

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  8. marensays

    So good! exactly what I was craving. I used cashew butter since thats what I had on hand and a threw in some shredded coconut because I had a craving for coconut and chocolate together. I also rolled half of them in the coconut instead of cacao powder, though the ones coated in cacao were the best because of the added chocolate. I also only added the tiniest splash of maple syrup and found they were plenty sweet from the dates.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Maren. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

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  9. Amysays

    These little bites are FANTASTIC!!!. My entire family including the 2 year old love them. I like that I can use them as a snack for my kids and not feel guilty about giving them something sweet!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Whoop! We’re so glad to hear your family enjoys them. Thanks for the lovely review, Amy!

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  10. Senasays

    Yum! I did not have hemp seeds but had ground flax and substituted with success. I rolled some in cacao and some in crushed walnuts. Sticky, gooey brownie bites in minutes!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Great! Thanks for sharing, Sena! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  11. Sofiasays

    LOOOOVED IT!!! Made half the recipe and loved it… ,maybe next time I’ll add some date syrup just to sweeten them a little bit more! :P it worked with dried apricots and dates…. that’s what we had in the pantry :D

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Sofia. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We think so! Hazelnuts or pecans come to mind as good alternatives. Let us know if you try it!

      Reply
  12. Lesliesays

    These were super easy to make, and I had all of the ingredients on hand. I love it when that happens. I’m in between food processors so I used my Ninja. It worked fine. A serving for me isn’t one. It’s more like 6! Another great recipe from your website. Thank you!!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Leslie! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

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  13. Nadiasays

    I have been making these every week for the past month. Such a good pick me up in the middle of the workday! I use my super seed mix (ground flax, chia and hemp) instead of just the hemp seeds. I also add in almond pulp, from my last batch of almond milk, instead of the walnuts. Love finding ways to use my almond pulp!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Nadia! Love your creative modifications too. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’d suggest chia or flax seeds. Or you could probably leave them out. Let us know how it goes!

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  14. Pamela Perkinssays

    These are so yummy!!!! I don’t have a food processor or a blender so I used my Nutribullet. It needed just a bit more moisture to get it to mix well so I put a drizzle of maple syrup in and it was perfect. The second batch I rolled the balls in unsweetened coconut…so good!!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks for the lovely review, Pamela! We’re so glad they turned out well. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  15. Norasays

    These are SO good – thank you so much for developing this recipe, you are the whole reason I can quit sugar! I didn’t have hemp seeds so just left them out, and I substituted peanut butter for almond butter. Amazing.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad our recipes have helped you, Nora! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

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      • Mary Joy M. Rabulansays

        It’s very helpful for me especially because we don’t have oven . Thanks for this !

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    • Stephsays

      I did not expect these to come out this amazing and really taste like brownies. Next time I will def roll them around in a chocolate sea salt coating. Still THE BOM, exactly what I was craving for a sweet snack, healthy, easy and quick to make!! Thank you :)

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  16. CindyLusays

    These are amazing! I doubled the recipe, used crunchy peanut butter since I had it on hand and skipped the hemp seeds since I did not have any and DID NOT want to track them down. I just LOVE this site and the vegan recipes! I don’t even do a test run when I make a recipe! That is TRUST, hey?

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  17. Alana Detcheverrysays

    These are amazing! My new go to. I can’t eat almonds so I subbed organic sugar and oil free peanut butter. Thank you!

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  18. Nicolesays

    I didn’t have almond butter and subbed peanut butter, which seemed to take over a bit unfortunately but these were still really yummy and a great way to get a healthful chocolate hit.

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  19. Doraleensays

    Excellent recipes but after printing several copies, I find that there is a lot of bulk from multiple pages per recipe and the recipe file is bulging. Could you format them to be contained on one page if possible? Thanks.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Doraleen, did you use the print button in the recipe box? That will reduce the number of pages.

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  20. Irasays

    Craving for those brownie bites SO BAD right now…. If I use natural peanut butter, would the texture be different?

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  21. Dianasays

    Another delicious recipe! I didn’t have any hemp seeds so I used the rest of my chia seeds and it added a nice texture :)

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  22. Dinasays

    Mmmmm super tasty energy bites😋
    I added some spices- cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg. I substituted almond butter for peanut butter. I blended in a blender, needed some extra peanut butter…

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  23. Elizabethsays

    Made these for my two coworkers at work who are both picky and tend to eat fancy but not always healthy, and they really really loved them and kept talking about how much they loved them afterwards. :)

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  24. Emilysays

    Love, love, love these! Very easy to make and a delicious grain-free / dairy-free / gluten-free dessert! Thank you MB!

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  25. Nicki Papadakissays

    I followed this recipe just like it was and these brownie bites came out perfect! I love it (my husband loves them too!) Quick, easy, and just what our sweet tooth craves. I love your recipes. Thank you for sharing them and for helping us to eat healthy!

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  26. Federicasays

    Making these Brownie Bites twice this week. They are a hit in our household and looking forward to making them for friends this holiday season. Thank you Minimalist Baker!

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  27. IngridWsays

    I just made these and I was extremely happy with the results! I’ve been a Sarah B. advocate for many years now, and I’ve made all of her raw brownie recipes including the ones on her books. I love the approach you took on this recipe and I thought adding almond butter (homemade) into the mix was honestly superb and genius. Something that I find easier when making them is to add the dates one at a time instead of adding all at once. I didn’t have hemp seeds so I used hemp protein powder instead. Delicious recipe and perfect for my pregnancy cravings ;) THANK YOU

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  28. Irissays

    I used hazelnut butter insted of almond and is craaaaaazy delicious! I am pregnant at the moment and I planed to have them stashed in the fridge to snack druring the afternoons when I need an energy boost… the only problem is I made them 2 hours ago and they are almost gone because I can’t stop eating… so much for my plan…

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  29. Katiesays

    What a treat! The brownie bites are delicious and taste luxuriously like truffles. I added a tablespoon full of ground coffee for an extra energy kick.
    I will make them again and again as they’re so easy to prepare!

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  30. Jensays

    Wow! I just made these as written, and they are absolutely fantastic! Dangerously delicious! I’m so glad I have two teenage boys who can help me eat them; otherwise, I’m afraid I would eat them all myself — right now! Thanks for such an easy awesome recipe!

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  31. Oliviasays

    So delicious and fudgey! Took a while to get to the right consistency in my food processor, but then super easy to form into balls. Awesome for a snack at work!

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  32. Carol Edwardssays

    I was having a PMS attack and needed chocolate fast. These little beauties did the job. Made them in 5 minutes….ah relief and oh so delightful.

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  33. Mandysays

    I rarely make “ball” recipes, but I am so glad I decided to give this one a try. The recipe couldn’t be any simpler, and it is a healthy alternative to a regular brownie. The texture and flavor are on point! Freaking delicious!

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  34. Caitlin Bouchersays

    These are so amazing I could eat the entire batch they are so yummy!!! Tastes so much like brownies and were very easy to make. I’ll be making these weekly for a healthy dessert :)

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  35. Raylasays

    They were great. I did make a couple changes based on what I had available.

    – I swaped the hemp seeds for flaxseed meal (because I didnt have any hemp on hand). That seemed to work great but they are SUPER filling.

    – I swaped the almond butter for peanut butter because of an almond allergy.

    – I added a touch of maple syrup and a touch of soymilk to get the texture a little more gooey without add more nutbutter.

    The family loved them but everyone agreed they were very very filling and I am sure with the dates and the flaxseed they will clean us right out. Everyone also agreed that they wouldnt really describe them as a brownie but more like a wholesome chocolate bite. They would be awesome for a hike or adventure or work snack.

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  36. Stepheneysays

    I made these this weekend with my 3 year old. I’m always trying to look for recipes that are toddler cooking friendly and this is one is great. We do not have a food processor, we did use the pulse setting recommendation and everything worked out just fine. We will definitely be making again.

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  37. Tiasays

    Made two batches in less than 24 hours. These are fantastic! Rich and truffle-like, and so incredibly easy.

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  38. Katarinasays

    Beautiful! Made these with my kids, only replaced almond to hazelnut butter. Kids are thrilled! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  39. Juliasays

    Those are OH SO GOOD! So easy and fast to make and call for ingredients I always have on hand. Another absolute winner. 👌🏻❤️

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  40. Tracysays

    These are great! I wanted to try them, but didn’t have hemp seeds on hand, so I used unsalted peanuts in their place. They ended up being coarsely chopped, and added yummy texture!

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  41. Kristensays

    These were so good! Love the salty and sweet combo. I used Wild Friends smooth peanut butter (loved your other post comparing peanut butters) and pecans because pecans are my favorite. I only got 12 bites but would definitely make again!

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  42. Susanne Muellersays

    This was a lovely easy recipe to make.
    I have a pretty basic blender to I chopped the dates and walnuts up into very small pieces beforehand and it turned out great.

    The recipe was a bit bitter for me though, maybe because I was using unsweetened almond butter, I did end up having to use 1tbs maple syrup. I also didn’t have hemp seeds so I substituted with pumpkin seeds. It still turned out great

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Susanne! Thanks for sharing. I’m wondering if the bitterness actually came from the pumpkin seeds as I find they can have quite a strong flavor? In any case, glad you enjoyed them!

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      • Susanne Muellersays

        It could have been! I will try it again with hemp seeds and then give an update. I think it was the cocoa powder I was using though, it has a very strong dark chocolate taste

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  43. Pragyasays

    Hi,
    I’m sorry to ask this question, but is there any substitute for hemp seeds that won’t take away from the brownie flavor?
    I don’t get hemp seeds easily where I am.
    Thank you

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  44. Kellysays

    I don’t normally love date-heavy recipes but these are great! I used half almond half peanut butter and put a little extra cacao for richness. Filling and yummy!

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  45. ANsays

    Uhm, everyone needs to RUN and make these immediately! I have made a few MB recipes that I thought were amazing but these are by far my fave. They were incredibly easy to make, and so delicious. If you think they look good, they taste even better.

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  46. Kaitlynsays

    I made these with my toddler and I LOVE them. I subbed a couple of ingredients because you know, quarantine. But wow. They are amazing. Also as a breastfeeding mama I am always looking for quick snack I can grab and these are a perfect pop of delicious and nutrition. Another great recipe from minimalist baker!

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  47. Bethsays

    I made a half batch because I was low on dates. Subbed flax for hemp seeds. They turned out so well! They will be a tasty addition to my Halloween candy plate! Thanks!

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  48. Bindisays

    Can you use chia seeds instead of hemp? Or something else? My daughter is allergic to hemp seeds.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Oh actually that’s a great idea. I’d say chia would be lovely. That or more walnuts or some sunflower seeds!

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  49. Katsays

    I made these as soon as I saw today’s blog post. Love the chocolatey flavor and how easy they were to make. I’m planning on making them regularly as they are a very satisfying snack or dessert. Thanks for another five star recipe!!

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  50. Ellensays

    Delicious!!! Super easy and I just made them without looking at the recipe – I just watched the video. Dana is right: you can measure but you really don’t have to. It’s a very forgiving recipe. A healthy sweet treat for the win!

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  51. Emmasays

    I made these about a minute after you posted them, and I kid you not, after my first bite my eyes rolled back into my head. These are amazing!! I used Dutch processed cocoa which added tons of chocolate ooomph. 10/10

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  52. Katiesays

    I’ve made this several times. Minimal mess, minimal time, super forgiving. I always end up adding more nut butter as I find my mixture is often dry with the recipe written as is, but a few more tbsps of nut butter and I’m in business.

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  53. Shea Selbysays

    I made this recipe but altered some of the ingredients and amounts. I used about a cup of dates + trail mix from trader joes (it’s what I had in my cabinet) + extra PB. Turned out amazing, super simple, and great taste! I was a bit skeptical of the ‘dough’ as it was pretty crumbly but when I started rolling them up, they came together beautifully and didn’t break apart. Such a great, adaptable recipe.

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  54. Ellasays

    Just made these and they’re SO. GOOD. It’s the perfect sweet but not too sweet treat. Recipe is also so easy to follow.

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  55. Trinitysays

    Can’t wait to try! I would love maybe a blog post (sorry if you have one already done) describing the differences between cocoa and cacao powder! I appreciate you saying both can be used in this recipe. Are they 100% interchangeable?

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      They’re quite similar. The main difference being cocoa powder has been processed at a higher temperature. This means cocoa has slightly less nutrients intact and has a more intense chocolate flavor (especially Dutch processed). And cacao retains more nutrients and has a slightly less intense chocolate flavor.

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