These Brownie Balls will keep you fuller for longer than a chocolate biscuit. These healthy snacks are nutrient dense, will satisfy your sweet tooth and they make a perfect mid-afternoon or post-workout snack.
I have decided to keep the recipe loose in terms of the type of nuts and dried fruit that you need to use. There is no point in buying specific nuts, or rushing to buy prunes if you have a cupboard full of dates and figs. If you have the odds and ends of a few different nuts, use them up and make your own unique blend. I have been making this raw brownie recipe for years now and they are so forgiving…any old nut will do!
I like to keep these in the freezer to keep them fresh and firm. I’d like to say that it stops me eating them, but I have just eaten a frozen one as we speak. A good portion size would be 2 balls and no more than 3. Yes they are made with healthy ingredients, but if you overindulge it will still be adding to your calorie, sugar and fat intake for the day.
I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth anymore, I used to but it has faded. I always encourage people to ‘play around’ with my recipes as we all have such different tastes. Look at the suggestions below to design your perfect Brownie Ball…enjoy!
- 150g nuts (walnuts, brazils, cashews, hazelnuts or a mixture or what you have left)
- 200g dried fruit (prunes, figs, dates, apricots or a mixture)
- 50g coconut oil
- 50g cacao powder
- 25g desiccated coconut
Place most of the nuts in the food processor, keep a handful behind and just roughly chop them to give some texture and crunch at the end.
Once the nuts are really fine, add the dried fruit, coconut oil and cacao powder to the food processor and mix until the ingredients from a big ball.
Taste the mixture and decide if it needs more sweetness for your taste (suggestions below).
Add the chopped nuts now and mix through by hand so you don’t disturb them.
Get Creative and Fancy…
You can add
- 1 tbsp of good quality maple syrup or honey if it needs to be sweeter
- 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter instead of the maple or honey
- more cacao if you like the taste of dark chocolate
- dried cherries, cranberries or fresh root ginger.
Once you have perfected the flavour, form 36 balls and roll into the coconut.
Lay on a plate or tray covered in baking paper and freeze for 30 minutes.