Yummy Healthy Brownie Bites - Primal/Paleo - no "sugar" or gluten

Like most people, I really like chocolate. But chocolate comes packaged with all sorts of ick - like sugar, preservatives, you name it. 

So when I came across this awesome recipe for an essentially "primal" brownie, I made it it right away. And I made it in just minutes - haphazardly, no fancy equipment, just mix and eat. 
All the pictures in this post are my own - of the real brownies. My pics might not be great - but the brownie bites really were - especially considering the ingredients.

Here's the list of ingredients:

1 cup dates (buy dates with no added sweeteners - I had little square date chunks)
1/2 cup raw almonds (or roasted - whatever you have)
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (do not waste your time on cheap or imitation vanilla)
1 Tbsp water (more if needed)

All you need to do is chop up the dates and nuts, and mix the whole thing together. I found it much easier to do in the blender. I just put the nuts in our vitamix, then added the dates. When they were all crumbled, I tossed in the other ingredients and let it mix for a few seconds. I didn't need the extra water, but if you find it too crumbly to stay together, add a little more.

Then you scrape the "dough" out, mold it into a rectangle-like shape, press it down with your hands and put it in the refrigerator.

You can eat them right away (there is no cooking) but letting them get cold helps them hold together. After they've chilled, cut them into squares and eat them.

I really liked these. If you are used to eating a lot of sugar, you may need to adjust to these as they are much less sweet. If you want to gradually go "lower" in sugar, then add a few prunes to your recipe. Maybe a 1/4 cup. They are super sweet (and loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals!) and would help you curb your sweet tooth and learn to like things a little less sugary.

All-in-all, I really liked these and make them regularly. They are a good "brownie fix" and are full of nutrients. The original recipe said this batch would make 10 servings and that those servings are 124 calories (3g protein and 16g carbs) in case you count those sort of things. When I cut them up, it made 9.

Best of luck!

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