No-Bake Cherry-Coconut-Brownies!

brownie bites

 

What a delicious way to rediscover and reinvent brownies!

I’ve made this recipe with my pal Melanie in Santa Barbara and a couple of my recent Vancouver (WA) hosts, Dennis and Karen. People go ga-ga over this one, and I think you will, too.

These are AMAZING any-time treats! (yes, they make a lovely dessert, too :)

You can feel totally guilt-free enjoying one of these in the morning, after exercising, sharing them with your family, or whenever you’re looking for a snack!

PLUS – all the ingredients are wholesome and nutritious, so you know 100% what you’re eating!

 

Health benefits: high antioxidants, magnesium and iron; dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free!! :)

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

“Cook” Time: 15-20 minutes (no baking or heat at all!)

Feeds: 1-5 people (depending how much you want to share ;)

Skill: Easy

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 cup raw walnut pieces
  • 1 cup cherries, pits removed
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp – ½ cup raw cacao nibs
  • Shredded Coconut

Optional:

  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

walnuts, cacao nibs, dates cacao and coconut

 

Directions:

Mix: Place walnuts in a food processor and grind for a couple seconds to form a coarse flour. While machine is running, add pitted dates, cherries, cacao powder, cacao nibs and salt.

brownie batter

 

Form: Form the dough into small balls using your hand or a melon baller. Roll the bite-sized brownies in the shredded coconut.

brownies in coconut

 

Makes about 12-15 cherry-coconut-brownie bites!

 

brownie bite!

 

Alternatively, you can spread the batter into an 8×8 inch pan and press firmly into a solid brownie layer. Cut into bite-size squares and serve. You could wait until adding the cacao nibs in the dough and then sprinkle the brownie tops with nibs and coconut.

Makes about 2 dozen small squares.

 

Thanks to Julie Morris for the inspiration and instructions!

 

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Former life: actor/office worker/virtual assistant; lived in Los Angeles for 11 years. Since then: sold nearly everything, took a $5 flight to Hawaii, lived there for 3 months, wrote an eGuide about all of it, and still traveling. Currently: digital nomad - looking to improve myself, have fun and serve others.

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