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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Paleo Brownie Bites

I will start this off with a word of warning - do not make these Paleo Brownie Bites unless you have a room full of friends to share them with because they are dangerously addictive! These should definitely be filed under "Paleo Treats" and enjoyed sparingly, but there is always room in life for a few treats if you ask me.

I brought these to my presentation at Clark Floyd CrossFit last week and also entered them in the Kentucky State Fair. My blue ribbon must have gotten lost in the mail, but they disappeared pretty quickly between my presentation and the few extras that Kevin and I brought home with us (I may have had a few with my breakfast the next morning).

These brownie bites literally have six ingredients. SIX! That is amazing to me when you compare it to the ingredients in most of the treats you see at the grocery store. I think they call dates "nature's candy". I don't know who "they" are, but they were right. Dates are naturally very sweet and when you cook or bake with them, no additional sweeteners are needed. But their high sugar content and extreme addictiveness is why I advise you to enjoy them only on occassion.

Consider yourself warned...

Paleo Brownie Bites
Makes about 24 balls
Time: 20 Minutes

14 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

Add dates, vanilla and cocoa powder to the bowl of a food processor.
Process on high until the mixture forms a paste.
Add nuts to food processor and process until roughly chopped and well incorporated into the date mixture. (You may need to break the mixture up with a fork if it starts to form a ball)
Using your hands, roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
Spread the shredded coconut onto a large plate. Roll each of the balls into the coconut until evenly coated.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. What if I don't have a good processor? Can I blend/crush by hand?



    1. I think it would be very difficult because the food processor really breaks them down into almost a paste. Another tasty way to enjoy dates is slicing them open, removing the pit and scooping a small amount of almond butte inside of them!

  2. These look really good, you sold me on the added pistachios - I can't resist them... especially teamed with cocoa. I also love the added shredded coconut, makes them look so tempting :-) I'm gonna have to give these a go soon!

  3. Ok, this is a tested and approved treat over here! I substituted the nuts with what I had, and that was almonds. My dates, I think, were a little dried out but nothing an added tbsp of water didn't fix. Thank you for a the simple ingredient yummy!

    1. Awesome! One of the things I love about this recipe is you can kinda mix it up based on what you have on hand. You can sub in different nuts or even omit the cocoa and add cinnamon or ginger. Glad you enjoyed!

  4. Could you give an amount in cups for the dates? I have bulk dates that are pieces, so I can't count 14.

  5. I absolutely LOVED these! They were very easy to put together (I only made half a batch to test them out), quick, pretty, tasty... I will make these again and again! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Nelly! These are one of my favorites and they are great for bringing along to a dinner party or potluck.