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Eat Well Dec. 6. 2013
Desserts

Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites

Dec. 6. 2013
Desserts
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

What a more perfect way to start off the month of December than with a healthy sweet treat! These Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites are sure to hit the spot with your sweet tooth, but also keep you on track through the holiday season full of indulgences. Ooey-gooey dates pulsed with finely ground almonds, hazelnuts, cacao powder, chopped chocolate chunks and a secret superfood ingredient to make these malt flavored. These Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites are sure to please everyone this holiday season, I hope you enjoy!

Since we’re in holiday mode around the globe, I’m going to be sharing a lot more sweet treats than I normally would- I hope you all don’t mind that (ha ha). I absolutely love these Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites when I’m craving something sweet after dinner or for a quick snack. The perfect combination of healthy fats and carbohydrates is a hunger killer combo (POW!). These brownie bites don’t have the same texture as a cooked brownie obviously- they’re not warm, but they’re still ooey-gooey and super decedent!

Why do I use maca powder? To create a natural and subtle malt flavor without using dairy at all, maca comes to the rescue. I’ve spoken about why I love using maca before in my Superfoods 101 post, which you can revisit to read up on some of my other favorites; but particularly maca is an excellent superfood to add into these raw brownies. Not only for the delicious flavor maca contributes, but also for the nutrient density it gives these desserts.

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA |

  • After you’ve rolled the brownie bites into bite-sized balls, you can give them a little more lovin’ and make them extra special by dusting them with raw cocoa powder or shredded coconut for an addition flare.
  • Store in a cute air tight container like this one from Crate & Barrel, which I adore, or my favorite- a good ole’ mason jar!
  • Make your own gift tag with a piece of brown craft paper or your favorite piece of scrapbooking paper (the possibilities are endless with these); cut into a long pentagon shape, punch a single hole in the very tip, string a rustic hemp string or beautiful colored ribbon through the hole tying the two ends together creating a circular string to lay on top and and around the top of the jar. Click here for a visual idea!
  • Use a really fun and festive metallic permanent marker to do your writing on the gift tag! There’s nothing more special than getting a personalized touch from someone you love.

Raw Chocolate Malt Brownie Bites
Recipe Type: dessert, snack
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10+
A raw vegan chocolate malt brownie bite perfectly bite-sized.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 Vega Maca Chocolate bar (optional), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon organic maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place nuts in food processor/high speed blender on pulse, and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.
  2. Add the cacao and salt.
  3. Pulse to combine.
  4. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running.
  5. The end result will look like crumbs, but it should easily stick together when you press the mixture together (if not, add more dates).
  6. In a large bowl combine the ground nuts/dates with the remaining ingredients.
  7. Place this mixing bowl into the fridge for about 20 minutes to cool/harden.
  8. After chilled, roll the mixture into bite sized (about 1 tablespoon) balls and roll in the palm of your hand. Do this until the mixture is all rolled.
  9. Place rolled brownie bites onto a flat sheet or plate to cool before stacking into an airtight container for storage.
  10. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
  12. These stay great in the freezer for long safe-keeping!
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
TEXTURE // I choose to leave the nuts a bit more chunky versus finely ground because I like the texture- feel free to grind the nuts more if you like a smoother texture.[br]CHOCOLATE CHIPS // vega maca chocolate is optional, it gives it a nice bite and extra chocolate flavor. The maca powder is what really gives it the malt flavor!

I hope you all enjoy these little beauties as much as I do! They’re perfect for the holiday table, gifts, or just a nice treat/snack for yourself during this season. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! p.s. what do you want to hear on Nutrition Stripped? Comment below with some of your ideas and suggestions. (i.e. cooking videos? more recipes? product reviews? nutrition tips? etc.)

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 10+

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 Vega Maca Chocolate bar (optional), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon organic maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place nuts in food processor/high speed blender on pulse, and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.
  2. Add the cacao and salt.
  3. Pulse to combine.
  4. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running.
  5. The end result will look like crumbs, but it should easily stick together when you press the mixture together (if not, add more dates).
  6. In a large bowl combine the ground nuts/dates with the remaining ingredients.
  7. Place this mixing bowl into the fridge for about 20 minutes to cool/harden.
  8. After chilled, roll the mixture into bite sized (about 1 tablespoon) balls and roll in the palm of your hand. Do this until the mixture is all rolled.
  9. Place rolled brownie bites onto a flat sheet or plate to cool before stacking into an airtight container for storage.
  10. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
  12. These stay great in the freezer for long safe-keeping!
  13. Enjoy!

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  • Susan Field

    Sounds good, and dying to know what kind of dishes are these? Have searched for pierced dinnerware, but can’t seem to find this. They are lovely!

    • Hi Susan,
      Thank you so much! I’ve had luck finding them at thirft shops, antique malls and some online retailers. You can try sur la table or crate and barrel, etc. Best to you! πŸ™‚

  • Goreti TADA

    Just found your blog. One of the best most informative blogs out there.

    • Hi there!
      Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. I hope you come back again πŸ™‚

  • Well this looks absolutely fantastic! I will have to try this recipe ASAP. Thanks, McKel πŸ™‚

    Xo

    Jordan

  • Karoline

    Greetings from Scotland,

    Should the coconut oil be melted?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Karoline!
      Yes, it works best when melted. Hope you love them and thanks for stopping by, come back soon πŸ™‚

  • Ok then, I’ll take a whole batch of these please ; ) I haven’t worked with matcha powder yet, but I can’t wait to try!

    • Hi Abby,
      Haha, great! They’re very easy to make- also these are maca powder not matcha, there is a HUGE difference! πŸ˜‰

  • Catarina

    Hi πŸ™‚ I really want to try this recipe but I don’t know what is maca powder.. it could be replaceable?

    • Hi Catarina,
      Great questions, I talk about Maca in the blog post and also have another blog post called Stripped Green Smoothie + Superfoods 101 where I go in depth about maca- check it out there first! πŸ™‚

  • Just tried these brownies at my daughter-in-laws.So yummy.Will make them when I get home

  • Jaime

    Hi McKel,
    Can’t wait to make these! Just one question – am I using cocoa powder or cacao powder? Thanks πŸ™‚ Oh – I just made your tahini drizzle as a side to my dinner tonight and it was divine!!

    • Hi Jaime,
      Check out my post on spotlight on Chocolate- basically cocoa powder and cacao powder are terms used interchangeably. Try to find unprocessed, organic, and raw which is the absolute best. Glad you enjoyed the tahini!

  • Faron

    Mine turned out dry, not sure. I could’ve added a bit more of the dates, but I actually added about 1 T apple juice and it was perfecto!!! I think my himalayan pink salt was not right, a little too salty, but the maca is kind of fun! Thx πŸ™‚

    • Hi Faron! I’m glad you enjoyed them! Yes, you can definitely adjust the moisture by adding more dates and some dates tend to be a bit more moist than others, good improvising πŸ˜‰ xx m.h.

  • Isabel

    Can’t wait to try these!! Love your blog, one of the best out there. So honest, so informative!

    Cheers from Switzerland!

    • Hi Isabel,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy Nutrition Stripped is reaching my family roots of Switzerland and you all there πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  • Florence

    Found your blog through HealthHappyLife and I’m so glad i did. Your photos and recipes look ameeezingly delicious! This brownie bites recipe will be my first to try, can’t wait!

    • Thank you Florence, I’m so glad you’re reading along and visiting. The Brownie Bites are one of my favorite dessert snacks!

  • Inga

    Found your blog a few weeks ago and I really love it! Just made these brownie bites today and they turned out really yummy. I am nine month pregnant and I am actually thinking about taking them to the hospital as a snack πŸ™‚ I made them with a Vitamix-like blender (omniblend in case you know) and the only thing a little difficult was mixing in the dates. Would it be possible to soak the dates in warm water fΓΌr a while to make this step easier?

    Many greetings from Germany!

    • I’m thrilled you’ve stumbled upon my blog and happy you tried the chocolate brownies! Yes, you can soak dates in warm water to get them soft xx

  • Lynda

    I was looking at ways to make healthier, “processed-food-free” desserts and somehow found your blog. I just made the bite size Chocolate Malt Brownies – delish!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  • nichole

    Hi! I love your blog and would love to try it this weekend- one question, do you have to take the skins off the hazelnuts? Its so labor intensive so would be great if this recipe works without that step!

    Please let me know πŸ™‚